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Old 09-16-2008
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5.0 in a 96 4x4 swap

so im getting a 5.0 for free...and i would assume that the whole drive train would need to be replaced? my truck is manual so i want to keep it that way.

would a full size ford truck or mustang with a 5.0 manual transmission work?

what else needs to be done?
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Old 09-17-2008
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If you want to keep your 4WD, you'll need to use a transmission that is set up to accept a transfer case. Advance Adapters used to make a kit to mate a T5 to a stock Ranger case. Unfortunately, that kit is out of production.

Another way is to use a junkyard manual transmission and t-case out of a full size Ford 4x4 that was powered by a 4.2, 4.9, 5.0 or 5.8. This is possible but can have tunnel clearance issues depending on which parts are used. Also watch out for shifter placement and clearance issues between the t-case and left frame rail. Custom length driveshafts will be needed front and rear. Some possibilities are the M5OD-R2 (larger version of your M5OD-R1 Ranger transmission) and ZF (very large, very strong and very expensive).

If your Ranger has an 8.8 rear axle, it should be OK with a mild 302. If you have a 7.5 axle, you should swap to an 8.8 or better.

Here is some useful info for 5.0 swaps into 97 and earlier Rangers:

2003 FX4 Level II, Supercharged 5.0L V8, Headers,Duals 4R70W auto, BW4406 manual T/C
Aussie Locker, Torsen L/S, 4.10's, Bilstein 7100 rezzies, Cadillac/Mustang rear discs, Duff traction bars
Keypad Entry, Lock LEDs, ABS switch, sway bar discos, Heated seats, Explorer EATC, Trip Computer and consoles

5.0L V8 swap: Click
Supercharger: Click

2003 XLT 2.3L M5OD-R1 reg cab beater, 2011 Taurus SEL, 2016 C-MAX Energi Plug-in Hybrid
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