Originally Posted by HarryTasker
I have to say i think the best configuration for the Fx4 L2 would have been the auto tranmission and a manual transfercase. I have a stick now and it is fun to drive but the 5r55e offered twice the towing capacity of the manual and the ability to tune for more HP, Torque, or fuel economy.
The automatic is only rated at a higher towing capacity because most people don't know how to use a clutch properly from a standing start. The manual transmission will probably stand up to towing load better than an automatic.
Sorry, you can't tune an automatic Ranger engine for more HP, torque or fuel economy than a manual. You can tune an automatic to have better shift points and maybe a few other things in the transmission to make it a better than a non-tuned automatic, but you can't tune it to be better than a manual. The driver controls the shift points in a manual and can make it better or worse depending on their skills. An automatic in general has more parasitic power loss than a manual. Once the torque converter locks up, that power loss is minimized.
Now lets see, would I rather have a Japanese built manual or a French built automatic. Well, I prefer a manual anyway but I think the French are less skilled than the the Japanese when it comes to automotive stuff.
I am pretty sure there were considerably less manual transmissioned FX4s built in 02 than automatics. I know I had a hard time finding mine. I had to drive 80 miles to get what I wanted. So to the OP, the most rare thing about your FX4 is the tan interior and second is the manual transfer case (twin sticks).
2002 FX4 Bright Red Supercab 4.0 SOHC, manual 5-spd & Tcase, 33" BFG MTs, K&N air filter, Modified air box inlet, Gibson SS cat. back exhaust, Bama flash, Hidden Hitch round receiver, Rear helper air springs, Electric trailer brake controller, Line-X bed liner, WAAG bar with KC lights and Wildernest shell.