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Gettin a V8 Ranger!

Well, I just got back from looking at a 96 Ranger with the Explorer 5.0 in it. It is basically a ranger body with all the explorer drive-train in it. Its super nice, completely fully loaded. My question is about the transfer case though. I think it has the full time junk in it because it has buttons for 4wd or 4wd low on the center console, but not for 2wd. I want to do away with the electric shift anyway, so what transfer case do I need? I heard that one out of an F150 will bolt right up to the explorer trans. Is this true, and what model is the T-case?

It has some pretty cool James duff front suspension, tubular radius arms, and some slick drop brackets, but it is TTB and has got to go. Im gonna swap in a Dana 30 out of a jeep, throw in a locker and maybe some alloy shafts and call it good to go.

The rear is already the Explorer 8.8 with disc brakes, so it will also get a locker and then its good as well.

There are some little bugs to work out. The AC doesn't work. The climate control is digital, but seems to be working correctly. I would guess it just doesn't have freon though because it doesn't kick on the compressor. It also has a loose steering wheel for some reason??? (not dangerous loose, but can be moved up and down/ left and right some) The passenger side window doesn't roll up or down. Guess its probably the motor. And sometimes the doors wont unlock by either switch, but sometimes they will??? The "distance left to go" fuel mileage thingy isn't working correctly, it said we had 246 miles left and it only had a 1/4 tank. Its just some small stuff like that. Nothing I feel that I can't handle. The only thing I won't mess with is the AC.

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whats the price? if the price is good i would say get it and work the bugs out. the reason you have a loose strearing is because the stearing needs new parts like tie rod ends and few other parts that i cant think of what they are called
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pics?

sounds sweet
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sounds sweet

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Pics And Price!
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I talked him down to $5,700, and made a $200 deposit so he would hold it for me until I get the insurance money for my other truck. The steering is not loose at all. It has no "play" in it. Actually, all the front end parts are new. The wheel itself is loose, like a bearing in the column is going bad or something. The explorer drivetrain only has 115k on it, but everything seemed like it was in really good shape. Engine ran strong, trans shifted great, ect. So yeah, mechanically, it seems very sound and reliable, and thats most important since I will have to drive it everyday.

Here's a link to the Autotrader add:

http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...ce=&cardist=88
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Looks nice
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that thing is awesome.
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looks nice. leave the TTB or a get a real axle. Not a D30. I would run a radius arm setup on that. you already have all the brackets and stuff.
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man someone def put alot of time into that truck, very nice, i think you should sas it and sell me the lift.......
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it would be hard to build it for that price. Nice find. COngrats.
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I heard that one out of an F150 will bolt right up to the explorer trans. Is this true, and what model is the T-case?
I have a BW4406 manual case out of a 97~2003 F150. The 4406 bolts to the Explorer 4R70W trans but is huge compared to the AWD unit in there now. It would be very close to the driver side frame rail and the slip yoke out of the Tcase would be close to the fuel tank. I have my engine/trans/transfer case moved slightly (3/8") toward the passenger side to make a little more room. You would need a longer front driveshaft and the rear shaft would need to be shortened.

There are many other F/S transfer cases with the same bolt pattern and spline count as the 4R70W in the AWD Explorer. You might look into a BW4407 for a newer F250/F350 or a BW1356 from a 96-back F-series of Bronco.



http://www.cardomain.com/ride/727284

http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...d.php?t=194729

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=44326

http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...d.php?t=166726
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get it i would trade my probe and truck for that. that thing is sweet
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Thanks guys, im definitely going to get it. Like I said, it has no major problems, just some small stuff that I can fix myself (with the exception of the AC). Zach, I know your opinions of the Dana 30, and to some extent, I do agree. I may try to find a Dana 44 out of a Rubicon since it would have the 30 spline axles. I would have to ditch the vacuum locker though and go with a Auburn ECTED. That is what the rear is getting. However, I will only be running 35's on it so the D30 would last a long time. If I broke it I could always upgrade to a super 30 kit with 30 spline axles, but that would require me to run a ARB since the ECTED isn't offered in 30 spline for the D30. As far as front suspension, I plan on a radius arm design, but I probably wont be using the James Duff stuff. More than likely I will just build some arms with Heim joints to get the better flex. I can live with the vibrations... I don't know. I just don't really care for how low the radius arms are now with the drop brackets that are on them, and to use the JD ones I would have to do extensive mods to them to make them work, so it would almost just be better to start from scratch. Whatever happends, the TTB has GOT to go. I hate that crap lol. Too much stuff to brake.
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very nuice
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thats a good truck for the price. just need to work out the bugs and it should be good to go.
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Hey rwenzing, is there any T-case that would bolt up and not require drive-shaft mods?

Also, I meant to tell you guys that the "SVT Package" that's listed on the add is pretty cool, and also appears as if it were factory (though it isn't). Where the Ranger emblem would normally be on the front fenders, it says SVT V8. Also, on the gauge cluster, in the Tach, it says SVT, and finally, the seat head rests have been embroidered with SVT as well. The seat ones are not the traditional Ford style font, which kinda sucks, but hey, it still looks good.

One more advantage to getting the truck is that it has a hitch already on it, and since it has the good brakes and V8, I'll be able to pull my jeep around in the summer when I go 4 wheeling without borrowing Dads Duramax. And in the winter... since the Jeep has no top or heat, the Ranger can go wheeling.

I think this is all going to play out nicely.
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Hey rwenzing, is there any T-case that would bolt up and not require drive-shaft mods?
You should be able to use a factory Ranger BW1354 manual or electric and driveshafts with the 4R70W if you get the correct Advance Adapters kit - they make 3 different lengths. Plan on spending about $600 for the kit parts plus the cost of the transfer case.
http://advanceadapters.dirxion.com/Main.asp

RiverRat on www.offroadrangers.com has that exact setup on his 96 Ranger - 5.0 Ex + 4R70W + AA kit + 1354.
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Lol, nah... I mean, I can get any T-case from pull a part for $80, and can get the drive shafts redone for probably $200 I would think. I don't see any reason to spend $600 to put the Ranger case in it, because I would still have to buy it and get driveshaft mods. With an F150 case I won't need any adapters, so that saves $600 right there.
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BAD **** TRUCK!

if you dont buy it, ill drive a few hours and i will!!!
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Lol, nah... I mean, I can get any T-case from pull a part for $80, and can get the drive shafts redone for probably $200 I would think. I don't see any reason to spend $600 to put the Ranger case in it, because I would still have to buy it and get driveshaft mods. With an F150 case I won't need any adapters, so that saves $600 right there.
That's exactly why I chose to run the F150 B4406 instead plus the fact that it's a much stronger case than the 1354.
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Hell yea man that truck is badas! and like chris said if you dont buy it let us know ill fly their and drive that bad boy home ive got more than enough money to buy it!!
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Nice truck brotha.

I love how in the ad, it says "SVT package". LOL.
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Well, I guess it technically does have the SVT package, its got all the subtle badges on it lol. And its got the engine to back it up too...
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Well, haven't made an update in a few days so I figured I'd let you guys know whats up. I got the truck and went to Advance Auto to get a DPFE sensor to change and then figured I would clear the EGR code and drive it home. Well, no Need for a DPFE, the friggin EGR tube was completely missing. Somebody had blocked it off. So theres the reason for the EGR code. Ill have to go by Ford tomorrow and order the tube... Also, I was looking under the truck today and noticed some good and bad things... The 4wd won't work because there is something wrong with the Passenger side hub on the TTB, which I don't really care about since its getting the straight axle. I also noticed a lift block that was cracked in the rear, (well a degree shim I should say) but thats about it for the bad. Now for the good. The guy didn't put in the AWD case from the Exploder. He spent the $600 and got the Kit from Advance adapters to put the stock ranger T-case on the back of the 4R70W from the explorer. Now it is electric shift, but works just fine, so Im going to leave it alone. If it ever gives any problems, Ill swap to a manual T-Case then.
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