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Old 10-27-2012
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Manual Swap

Hey guys Im interested in dropping in a manual transmission.

Has anyone done this before and suceeded? What all would I need?
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more than you would care to do.... its been done but is quite extensive.
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TrePaul did it. He has a thread on here.
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you need a m5r2 from a 4.2 v6 f150. you need a 90s f150 fly wheel. and then use a 4.2 clutch. All the ranger pedals and master cylinder. a 4.2 slave cylinder. drive shafts are the same if you use the awd t case. if using a 4406 use an f150 4.6 front driveshaft and you will have to custom cut the rear one
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After seeing Trevor do his, no thanks
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Its not a bad swap, if its what you do from the get go. But to swap in after wards idk.

Also gonna need to live with crappy performance. Computer not seeing a transmission there puts it into limp mode.
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Old 11-05-2012
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Well I work at a garage...So its not too bad. Having access to lifts makes anything easier. I thought I only needed the f150 stuff. I might not do it if its that much random stuff haha.
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yeah its kind of a parts pile as well as a hassle to replace stuff cause it comes from all sorts of different vehicles. I think its bad enough having a 98 ranger with a 97 mountaineer motor and a 2000 explorer trans
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was thinkin bout swappin a t-5 in place of my c-4. i need more than 3 gears. might be easier on my "87" 2wd?

gona have to do some more research. couldnt i just use mustang flywheel and clutch with a t-5 from jegs?
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Flywheel all depends on what your motor came from. If it is a mustang motor then yes. If it is an explorer motor than no
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Old 11-08-2012
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ok, that helps....engine came out of a 1979 capri h.o.
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yeah then any mustang trans/clutch/flywheel will work
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Old 11-09-2012
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Im in the process of swapping to a 5 speed in my 04. Its not that bad. Using a 1999 4.2 f150 5 speed. My ranger was a manual with the v6 so its quite simple. Pedals were already there. The hydraulic clutch line hooks up to the f150 slave. Gotta drill out the holes and knock out the dowel pins on the tranny. The stock transmisson mount has to be shorterend about an inch, bout the hardest part. Im retaining the awd until i get ahold of a 4406, and also since the driveshafts bolt up. Not as bad as you think. I paid around 400 for the clutch kit, flywheel, starter, slave cylinder, and new hydraulic line from rock auto. Picked up a tranny for 200 and got the shifter from a parts yard for 15. As far as going into limp mode, mike at MPT performance wrote me a tune to delete the auto functions. He also wrote me a tune originally to delete PATS so my truck would start when I did the swap. Its definetly the way to go if you dont wanna deal with VSS.
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Computer does not go into limp mode? All you do is jump a wire to fool the that it's in neutral. Upstream O2's will make sure it runs fine. And my manual swap wasn't too bad. But I did it all at once. Had to bend my shifter. I went with a t-18 and np205. Had to have driveshafts built anyway because of switching to 1350 yokes and one ton axles.
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Then it must be something else throwing the truck into limp mode. Cause ive seen right on my scanner where its in detune mode due to transmission disconnect
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I still have a trans harness on mine. You need it for the second upstream o2.
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Sounds like a whole lotta work to get the hydraulic setup to work, Ive seen a few guys Just reinforce the firewall in a small section and just use a cable clutch setup
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hydraulic over cable every day of the week. Ive run both and its just night and day how much better a juice clutch is
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Lol i hear that, guess im just used to my old 5 speed cable clutched fox
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ok, that helps....engine came out of a 1979 capri h.o.
If the engine still retains the factory 79 balancer and balance, then you'd need a flywheel with a 28 oz out of balance. Mustangs from 83 up used 50 oz out of balance, including all explorer engines are also 50 oz. A mustang flywheel bolts right up to it and works perfectly. The flywheel must match your bellhousing as well as balance. I have done a ton of explorer engine swaps into mustangs, just contemplating doing an explorer engine into a ranger right now.
Try looking at a turbo coupe slave cylinder and bearing, and couple that to your factory ranger clutch master cylinder. There is a guy on corral that did the T5 swap into his ranger, seemed to work really well. Also, Mcleod makes a slave bearing to slide over the T5 factory bearing retainer from a mustang, but they are a bit pricey compared to a stocker from oreilly's.
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I am looking for someone who has done a v8 swap in a ranger that used a new process four speed out of a ford truck and what they did for a clutch linkage or slave and master cyinder and if it works for them advice would be very help full thank you
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