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  1. blksn8k

    2022 Ford Maverick revealed — hybrid pickup gets 37 mpg, costs $21,490

    Ford Maverick press release: https://performance.ford.com/enthusiasts/media-room/2021/6/maverick-reveal.html?cid=PRODDM217834&bid=728060365 I did a build & price on Ford's website of something I thought my older brother might be interested in. It's an XLT with 2.0L EcoBoost, 8-speed auto, AWD...
  2. blksn8k

    4v 4.6 and transmission into '08.

    Do you think he could use the factory exhaust manifolds from the Mark VIII or is there something else that might work better short of having someone like you fab a set of headers? I don't think he was looking to do any serious performance upgrades to the 4V although I suppose that in itself...
  3. blksn8k

    4v 4.6 and transmission into '08.

    Did you ever get it running with the 5.4? What kind of structural mods, if any, did you have to make to the frame, firewall, etc.? How much difficulty would the OP have trying to install his 4.6 4V?
  4. blksn8k

    What to do when you need to replace your beloved ST?

    Actually it's the Bronco Sport that has the 3 cyl as the base engine. The "real" Bronco that hasn't started production yet will use the Ranger's 2.3L 4 cyl EcoBoost as the base engine with the 2.7L V6 EcoBoost as an option. The V6 puts out 400 lb ft of torque which is significantly more than the...
  5. blksn8k

    What to do when you need to replace your beloved ST?

    That's the rumor for the base engine but there is also supposed to be a 4-cyl option, same as the Bronco Sport.
  6. blksn8k

    What to do when you need to replace your beloved ST?

    As far as first year reliability issues, that may not be as big of an issue since the Maverick is being assembled in the same plant as the Bronco Sport which also shares its platform with the Escape. The expectation is that the Maverick will share most of its internal components (drivetrains...
  7. blksn8k

    What to do when you need to replace your beloved ST?

    Rumor has it the Ford Maverick will start around $20k. Production is rumored to be starting in July. As usual, Ford is being pretty tight lipped about it even though there are photos out there without any camouflage. Should be an announcement in the next couple of months. This photo was...
  8. blksn8k

    5.4 swap

    This is going to sound strange but I didn't realize until now that the thread the OP had referenced on explorerforum.com was one I started 4 years ago. How times have changed. Interesting to rehash all that stuff but I obviously never did any of that and instead traded the ST for an '18 F-150...
  9. blksn8k

    5.4 swap

    I've said this a few times before but I think the most practical engine upgrade for the Sport Trac would be the 5.3L shortblock assembly from Ford Performance. It uses the 5.0L Boss modular block with a forged steel stroker crankshaft to get to 5.3L. You can bolt 2V, 3V or 4V modular heads onto...
  10. blksn8k

    2019 Ranger disappointment...

    Even if you are a loyal Ford customer it is highly unlikely that you are going to buy both a Ranger and an F-150 at the same time. If you buy a Ranger you're not likely to buy an F-150 and vice versa. As a previous owner of several Rangers and a gen 2 Sport Trac it's still hard to argue with the...
  11. blksn8k

    2019 Ranger disappointment...

    I doubt Ford will ever make any version of the Ranger that would risk taking sales away from the F-150. Because they can charge more for the Bronco I doubt they would care whether they sell a Bronco or an F-150. Not so much with the Ranger.
  12. blksn8k

    4v 4.6 and transmission into '08.

    Here's the auction listing with the selling price of $55k. I suppose once you add in the bidder's and buyer's fees, shipping, taxes, etc. it might get close to $80k. Did your friend buy it at the B-J auction in Scottsdale or later...
  13. blksn8k

    4v 4.6 and transmission into '08.

    Well, the concept Adrenalin from way back when was supposed to do pretty much the same thing, right? SVT planned to use a 4V 4.6L from a 2003-2004 Mustang Cobra including the supercharger. However, here's a photo of the concept's engine compartment: If you look closely it sure looks like a...
  14. blksn8k

    2019 Ranger disappointment...

    As I mentioned in another similar thread, there are still rumors of a Bronco pickup. If it can be equipped like the yet to be released "big" Bronco it might be the closest we are going to get to a Sport Trac replacement. Like the original ST, it will be based on the Ranger platform. My guess is...
  15. blksn8k

    Battery Problem

    Same here. I have yet to figure out how to kill a yellow top but I did have a red top die in my '99 Mustang Cobra several years ago. It has a yellow top now. Well worth the extra cost since they will outlast most other batteries and they are super reliable.
  16. blksn8k

    Battery Problem

    That might be the recommendation but I have four Yellow Tops and three of them are connected to standard Battery Tender brand trickle chargers as we speak. The one in my Kubota diesel tractor is at least ten years old. When the Motorcraft AGM in my '18 F-150 died a premature death last year...
  17. blksn8k

    What to do when you need to replace your beloved ST?

    Speaking of early Broncos, here's mine:
  18. blksn8k

    What to do when you need to replace your beloved ST?

    There have also been rumors of a Bronco pickup. Not sure if that was confused with the Maverick since that looks to be based on the same platform as the Bronco Sport which essentially uses the same platform as the Escape. I suppose there could also be a pickup based on the yet to be released...
  19. blksn8k

    2019 Ranger disappointment...

    One other comment on the lack of IRS in the Ranger. That truck was originally designed for foreign markets where the quality of roads is not what we have here. It was also designed as a work truck that had to compete with the likes of the 'Yota Hi-Lux. In most of the countries where the Ranger...
  20. blksn8k

    2019 Ranger disappointment...

    I went through the same thing when I needed to replace my Trac at the end of 2018. BTW, mine was the same color as yours. I liked it so much I kept it for 12 years and 164k miles but that was also influenced by the fact that Ford didn't have a comparable replacement. When Ford announced the...
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