Starting swap this weekend
To begin, I wanted to say fantastic forum. Long time lurker, first time poster. As the title states, I'll be starting my swap very soon. Hopefully this weekend. I've been researching for the best and cheapest swap possible. I'm one to plan as much out as possible and I make sure I've got as many if not all the parts before I begin a project.
So over the past year I've sourced two running 1997 V8 explorers. The first was purchased as it was a one owner vehicle with a grey interior and very well maintained. While searching for a few parts, I stumbled upon a second explorer on ebay that had lower mileage, a built trans with a shift kit, a set of torque monster headers, explorer express sway bars and their V8 supercharger kit. With a winning bid of $620 I was the proud new owner.
With the explorers parked its time to start acquiring the rest of the swap for my 97 4cyl 5spd swap. Living close to a Summit Racing retail store I've been able to keep an eye on their "damaged / returns corner" and acquire a set of hedman swap headers, and the advance adaptors mount kit for a very reasonable price.
I've read quite a bit on the swap, and I've got a few remaining questions.
A) cooling - I know the V8 explorer radiator will work, but it is quite tall. I've read of a hd ranger radiator being able to fit and cool. Can anyone tell me if this is true or of a better radiator that will work?
B) electrical - I'm getting mixed answers on how difficult this is going to be. I've heard plug and play no wiring to best to have an electrical degree to complete. I'm not scared of wiring, but would like to have a starting point.
C) suspension - front end what should I do to compensate for added weight? Rear end, will the entire axle assembly including springs bolt into the ranger, if so how much of a drop will this give me?
I appreciate the assistance helping me complete this swap. I'll be documenting as much of the swap as I can.