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auto to manual conversion help

i have a 1998 xlt 4lL V6 4x4 i want to do a conversion from an automatic to a manual and im just looking for someone else who has already done this and who might have a part list or atleast some tips along the way. i already know im going to need the tranny (duh), clutch assembly, clutch, new flywheel, maybe the ecu or have mine reflashed. any help would be greatly appreciated.

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This is the only parts list you will need:
- M50D-R1HD transmission (~$400) (You can also get a M50D-R1 out of any '91+ Ranger or Explorer)
- LUK clutch kit w/new slave cylinder ($199.99)
- New flywheel ($79.99)
- New slave cylinder ($47.99)
- New clutch pedal assembly ($45)
- New clutch master cylinder (64.99) (includes reservoir & hydraulic line)
- New transmission starter (109.99)
- manual transmission PCM off eBay ($35)

I recommend new flywheel, starter, clutch, and slave cylinder because those are parts that can cause you to have to remove the tranmission again to replace.

If you have all those parts, that is all you will need. The prices is what I paid for the parts when I did the swap on my '97.

If you don't have a body lift, be prepared to cut the y-pipe. The best thing to do is to cut it off and clamp it back on as a temp to get you to an exhaust shop so they can reweld it on. If you don't cut it off or take it off, you will NEVER get the transmission back into the truck.


You wont need a new axle. You are NOT going to be doing anything with the stock axles.


If you have anymore questions ask in this tread so others who may want to do the swap can have their questions answered. I have done 2 automatic to manual swaps now, it is something that can be done in a day if you have all the tools together.
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Any idea if a 5 speed from a 91 2.3L will fit my 98 3.0L?
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it wont.
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Thanks. Can I put one in from a 4.0L truck? I'm assuming 4x2 or 4x4 shouldn't make a difference. Does the year make a huge difference.
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engine and drivetrain(4x4 or 2wd) make a huge difference when it comes to what trans will work....
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exactly the 4x4 means you have to have a transfer-case connected to the trans
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bellhousings are different for each engine...meaning a 3.0 will not fit a 4.0.
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