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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:
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