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2.3 turbo rebuild questions

Hey guys so I bought the 2.3t long block, about a year ago or so, and for the spring I want to start rebuilding the motor.
Questions:
Rebuild parts, where is a good place to get parts to rebuild this motor?

Parts I have: long block including exhaust manifold with stock turbo, blue injectors and that's about it.
I need a computer and wiring harness maybe, unless I can make due with
2.3n/a harness and computer.

I have turned the crank and it turns good you could hear the air inside compress and come out the exhaust side.

What I want: for now I want it to be reliable, by getting parts that are more crucial to the build, and would warrant no need to replace later on as I decide to ask more from the motor. Might not make sense. But I don't really want to have to open her up as I advance. I want to be comfortable with the bottom end and know there's room for expansion later down the road without stressing it much. I'm not asking for 1,000rwhp I'm just asking that the parts be able to handle stress later on in the build.

Advice: what are your thoughts, what would be a good base to build on, what would you do knowing what you know now.

Budget: $0 at the moment but with a thought on pricing I could start one.

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A basic stock rebuild, with forged pistons (they are forged stock, and a lot of aftermarket pistons are hypereutectic, don't buy them.) will hold 400 hp easily. Stock rods, and crank will fail after 450.

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I would do a full rebuild too, have it bored out, check everything while its apart too. You can use the stock ecu and harness if you buy a quarter horse tuner.

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1989 Ranger 4X4 2.5L 5 Speed solid Dana 30 front axle, 4.5" suspension lift, 3" body. ( blown up....)
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What is a good streetable crank for later applications or is it all dependant on what it's made from/how it's made, cast or forged
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There's only stock and billet. A billet crank will run you between 1700 & 2100...

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1989 Ranger 4X4 2.5L 5 Speed solid Dana 30 front axle, 4.5" suspension lift, 3" body. ( blown up....)
Entire turbo kit waiting to be used again.
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What's the price difference? And can it be sourced from junkyard?
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You will never find a billet crank in a junk yard that is useable. Noone throws them away unless they are bad.

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1989 Ranger 4X4 2.5L 5 Speed solid Dana 30 front axle, 4.5" suspension lift, 3" body. ( blown up....)
Entire turbo kit waiting to be used again.
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Ok so what's a good place to buy one?
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There's only two places that I know of that sell them, Welcome to Esslinger Engineering and I think the other company is race engineering, I'm not sure what their web address is. Both are super 2.3 friendly. They both specialize in those motors.

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https://www.raceeng.com/c-1-ford-2300-2000.aspx

This is a direct link to race engineerings 2.3 page.

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If you are going to make enough power to need a billet crank, you will need good rods and pistons too, you're looking at $3000+ in just the rotating assembly.

1991 Mustang LX 2.3L 5 Speed convert
1989 Ranger 4X4 2.5L 5 Speed solid Dana 30 front axle, 4.5" suspension lift, 3" body. ( blown up....)
Entire turbo kit waiting to be used again.
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