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Old 05-27-2006
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v8 swap?

I have a 94 4.0L V6 now that I think is going to take a major **** any minute now and I was wondering how much work is involved in swaping in a V8 from an Explorer. The donnor vehicle is the limited model with all of the options and my truck in a 4.0L V6 XLT Super Cab. I don't know what other info might be needed to give advice but if you need to know more let me know. PS i can handle some work as I swap my ZX2, civic, and CRX; but those where 'bolt in' motors.
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What year? It's an easy swap anyways man, Go at it. Search the forums (therangerstation.com rangerpowersports.com too) there are already detailed engine swaps at all sites.

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first youll need time bro. 2 weeks or more if you work like 8 hours a day on it. it isnt a weekend job. i exaggerate slightly. second youll need to check local laws regarding vehicle modification to find out if youd need the same year motor or not. third youll need a few cases of beer. hehe, no thats me. ok. seriously.

youll need:

1) Best to get a complete Explorer V8 wreck and start from there, if not, proceed to the following list

2) Complete explorer V8 engine with all accessories, engine driven fan, EEC, and wiring
3) Battery cable harness from explorer V8
4) Cruise cable from explorer V8
5) Throttle cable from explorer V8
6) Radiator from explorer V8
7) Radiator hoses from explorer V8
8) AC lines from explorer V8
9) Exhaust manifolds and Catalytic converters from explorer V8
10) transmission (and transfercase / output flange) from exlorer V8 will fit snuggly
11) Airbox, MAF, and Zip tube from explorer V8
12) Fan shroud from explorer V8
13) motor mounts:
If torsion bar front suspension - use explorer V8 parts
If coil spring front suspension - use 4.0L mounts and plates designed by BrainB31
14) swap out fuel pressure regulator in the tank with the regulator from explorer V8
15) have Ford Dealer re-program PATS to synch EEC, PATS module, and Keys.

As for the fuel system, you have two choices. Run a return line or use 98+ (or 99+?) explorer rails which are returnless. Also, use the in-tank fuel pressure regulator from an explorer pump assembly. That is very important, as the 4.0L Ranger in-tank pump is set to ~60psi and the explorer 5.0L pump is set to ~42psi.


any more questions looky here http://www.rangerpowersports.com/for...play.php?f=159

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I was at a local junkyard and bought a 95 Explorer Limited for 750 that runs. I am have the engine rebuilt before it goes in the Ranger as a precaution (250 form a local shop). So I figure that for a grand, I got a new engine, tranny, and transfer case, as well as a explorer rear axle (heard that they mightbe better than what the Rangers have) OHC, leather seats that don't look like they fit and a crap load of other parts. not to bad
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Sweet, you got a deal!

When is all this happening?
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rebuild the tranny and add a b&m shift kit. as far as i know (may be wrong) the seats will fit. you could have the first Ranger Limited edition. hehe.
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I have the motor ready to go in but I have a problem. I currently have a 5speed Manal tranny with a manal transfercase. I love the stick and the manal transfercase. Can I swap the Explorer motor and keep the 5spd and xcase?
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no. You need your tranny to mate to the engine. and tcase to mate to the tranny.
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first youll need time bro. 2 weeks or more if you work like 8 hours a day on it. it isnt a weekend job. i exaggerate slightly. second youll need to check local laws regarding vehicle modification to find out if youd need the same year motor or not. third youll need a few cases of beer. hehe, no thats me. ok. seriously.

youll need:

1) Best to get a complete Explorer V8 wreck and start from there, if not, proceed to the following list

2) Complete explorer V8 engine with all accessories, engine driven fan, EEC, and wiring
3) Battery cable harness from explorer V8
4) Cruise cable from explorer V8
5) Throttle cable from explorer V8
6) Radiator from explorer V8
7) Radiator hoses from explorer V8
8) AC lines from explorer V8
9) Exhaust manifolds and Catalytic converters from explorer V8
10) transmission (and transfercase / output flange) from exlorer V8 will fit snuggly
11) Airbox, MAF, and Zip tube from explorer V8
12) Fan shroud from explorer V8
13) motor mounts:
If torsion bar front suspension - use explorer V8 parts
If coil spring front suspension - use 4.0L mounts and plates designed by BrainB31
14) swap out fuel pressure regulator in the tank with the regulator from explorer V8
15) have Ford Dealer re-program PATS to synch EEC, PATS module, and Keys.

As for the fuel system, you have two choices. Run a return line or use 98+ (or 99+?) explorer rails which are returnless. Also, use the in-tank fuel pressure regulator from an explorer pump assembly. That is very important, as the 4.0L Ranger in-tank pump is set to ~60psi and the explorer 5.0L pump is set to ~42psi.


any more questions looky here http://www.rangerpowersports.com/for...play.php?f=159

warren

When I wrote this list on the RPS forum, it was intended for the 98+ Rangers. Looks like this guy is working on a '94. This list does not apply directly, A/C lines will not work, cables may not work, mounts definitely won't work, fuel tank regulator most likely will not be direct swap, PATS and EEC-V wiring will be big issue, as the 94 is EEC-IV based and has no compatibility for PATS, OBD-II, etc..

Apples / Oranges
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Originally Posted by speed_racer_801
I was at a local junkyard and bought a 95 Explorer Limited for 750 that runs. I am have the engine rebuilt before it goes in the Ranger as a precaution (250 form a local shop). So I figure that for a grand, I got a new engine, tranny, and transfer case, as well as a explorer rear axle (heard that they mightbe better than what the Rangers have) OHC, leather seats that don't look like they fit and a crap load of other parts. not to bad

The Explorer V8 was introduced in the 1996MY explorer, so this is either not a 1995 or not a V8 truck.
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I have the motor ready to go in but I have a problem. I currently have a 5speed Manal tranny with a manal transfercase. I love the stick and the manal transfercase. Can I swap the Explorer motor and keep the 5spd and xcase?

The Ranger 5-speed manual will not bolt up to the V8, nor would it survive behind it. If you want manual and 4x4, best bet is the T5 with Advance Adaptors 1354 adaptor.
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The Explorer V8 was introduced in the 1996MY explorer, so this is either not a 1995 or not a V8 truck.
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if you have a big enough garage, then park both vehicles side by side.......far enough apart to do work on both with both doors open.........when you take a part of the ranger, go to the explorer and take the simular part and replace it on the ranger
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I am doing a v-8 swap to my 97 ranger with a mildly built up 302 and a 5 speed.I see all these kits going for 600 bucks and then some.I believe it can be done cheaper.Does anyone know what can be used from other cars for things such as motor mounts and headers??
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Try giving the people at www.allstar-performance.com a call, they sell a kit with just about everything needed. I think it sells for approx. $700.
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