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Old 12-03-2012
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The V6 SOHC is dying again. Enough is ENOUGH. 302 time.

As the title says my 01 Ford Ranger Edge isn't doing too well. Chains have been replaced all ready and less then 60k later it's started again. I'm not gonna sink the time nor money into fixing it again when I can find GOOD, used parts and upgrade to a V8 302.

Goal of this thread: Currently the goal of this thread is to collect a parts list of items and services that will be needed to complete the swap in a timely manner. I have seen a few threads where this has been done in a few days, I'm giving myself 3 months. That puts the date on March 3rd to be back up and running. I want to beat this date by as many days as possible.

I'm calling upon those that have done this swap. Give me any problems and solutions and fixes I probably don't realize yet.

Here is what I know I will need this far:
-Custom Driveshaft
-Will have to drill new holes for transmission crossmember
-Will have to create/combine battery harness from Ranger/Explorer
-Will have to get Ford to mate the Explorer engine to the PATS system in Ranger.
-Will have to figure out speedometer/speed sensor issue

I believe the harness/computer will plug into the current locations, I just need to get the computer/harness for the 302 motor.

Here are my main questions
-What year Explorer 5.0L had PATS?
-What year Explorer 5.0L motors were better? Wasn't there a change in head design?
-Will any year Second Generation Explorer 4r70w work? (are the plugs the same for the computer?)

Help me! This first post will be edited to include a parts list as I do it for future reference for anyone else.

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Old 12-07-2012
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Search and you will find the answer to all these questions they have been answered.
I did the swap on a 04 and the two biggest problems I delt with were Pats and VSS.
You can fix pats easily by getting a tune written to disable it, what I did. The PATS modules from the explorer wont plug up you would have to rewire.
Good luck with VSS, its been a pain ill tell you that much. I bought a module to change my VSS to my rear end. It worked but has been hell to get it working right. I swapped to a 5 speed so I didnt have to worry about the tranny shifting bad due to the VSS not working properly.
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Old 12-07-2012
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fine a rolled explorer than runs perfectly and is the correct year to swap everything. They can be gotten for pretty cheap!

Also, search the forums :)
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