oh well, i already went and had one put on so i just mounted it to the frame wall , my next question is, i was looking at the exhaust on the driver side and man isit going to be very tight, very tight, can i use the stick explorer y-pipe and if so where is a good place to find one, have done a brief search and nothing?
To make it fit the 95~2001 Ex engine bay, Ford modified the Ex 5.0L with many unique parts not found on other 302's. These include things like the oil pan, engine plates, oil filter adapter, front accessory drive, exhaust manifolds, etc.
The good news for you is that the front suspension and engine bay in a 98+ Ranger is almost EXACTLY the same as the 95~01 Ex. That's the benefit of choosing the Ex version of the engine and related underhood parts - you don't have to change ANYTHING in the engine bay to physically bolt it in. The 5.0 Ex manifolds and Y-pipe (actually 2 separate downpipes w/light off cats on the Ex) will fit perfectly.
To the rear of the transmission crossmember, you will need some custom exhaust work because the frame width and wheelbase is different between the Ranger vs Explorer. The stock Ex underbody cats and muffler will not fit as-is.
well i have the motor all ready installed and its not from a explorer but from a older 302 based model, i have an oil pan( dual hump) and i saw a explorer parked out at work and looked under it and i noticed the oil pan has a cut out for more space for the exhuast, i hoping that i will have enough room wit the pan i have, if not i will be knocking in the side of my pan for a bit more clearnce, i hope the max i will need is( at max) 1/2 just for safetys sake!! but i dont want to run all that cat crap that comes along with the y-pipe since i have no need for them, do you think i should take it to a shop and have them bend me some peices of pipe instead of make the y-pipe work!! i just need them to get the pipe down and heading towards the rear, and i am completly capable of doing the rest!
well i would stay away from denting in the side of the oil pan if you can lol...
I guess if you need to just try a shop and see what they want for a custom y-pipe. I used a stock replacement manifold to last cat kit from napa. crappy exhaust i know. but its just there till i get headers and custom y-pipe and hiflow cats. It fit fine though
well i took it off and cut out a tiny part and welded it back and i belive there is plenty of room now, but i think it would have been alright to hit it in considering the amount i cut off and rewelded, thanks