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Old 10-13-2007
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M5OD-R1 interchange question

Will the M5OD-R1 tranny out of a 96 fit in a 94 ok? i was told by the guy at the junk yard that it will not.
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it depends, if it is from the same motor and the same drive setup (either 2wd or 4wd) then yes it will fit. if it is from a different engine or drive setup then no it wont fit.
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thanks, i've checked the yards within tolerable driving distance and only found one. thanks so much.
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Also, you might want to compare the short shifter stub coming out of your truck's transmission with the one on the J/Y transmission. Mazda moved the flat from the side to the back sometime around the mid 90s. If the flat is in the wrong place, you'll need a matching shift lever too.

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ok, thanks. i will check that out.
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it doesnt matter what shift lever the transmission you get has because you can swap the top cover with stub shaft from your transmission to the new one. It is only 10 bolts with no RTV or anything, just a nice rubber gasket and the entire top cover lifts off the tranny, just be sure they are both in neutral or you will have a hell of time getting the top cover back on. There is nothing specific that you need to know to do this, just place the trannys next to each other, take out the 10 bolts from each and lift one off and swap the other on and bolt it back down. Theres no real torque spec, just tighten it down snugly (not cranking down on it, remember the case is aluminum and a steel bolt will rip the threads right out of it if it is really cranked down tight) makeing sure the rubber gasket is seated in its groove. This is all assuming it has the newer stub shaft, however if it is the 96 into a 94 you shouldn't even have to worry about this.
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thanks again, you seem to be a pro with anything related to rangers.
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are the shifters the same on all these trannys? IE: if I found a shifter from an F150 M50D, would it work on my 99 ranger?
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M5OD-R1 interchange question

Yes it will fit but it has to be from a v-6 if you are putting it on a 6 or from a 4 to a 4
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no, the shifters are arranged by the actual model years. An F150 shifter wont work on the ranger M5OD because the 150 uses the M5OD-R2 while the ranger uses the M5OD-R1. They are similar trannys but still very different. even the rangers had different shifters between different model year trannys. for just the upper part of the stick all that matters is the actual bolt setup between the shifter and the stub shaft. the 97 and older M5OD sticks interchange and the newer ones interchange, however the stub shaft changed in 97 so the older and newer upper sticks wont swap.

Now the top cover and stub shaft has 3 different setups. The oldest, pre-91, have the shortest stub shaft that goes into the tranny. The 92-97 stub shaft is longer and has a taller top cover to make up for that difference. The 97-up stub shaft is the longest and has the tallest top cover to compensate for it. The part of the stub shaft that got longer is the lower part under the ball which actually makes the shift distance shorter. These stub shafts DO NOT interchange between top covers as you need the correct height top cover to match the stub shaft, HOWEVER the top covers DO interchange between any M5OD-R1. So if you wanted to use a newer shifter on an older M5OD you can change out the entire top cover to match the shifter you want to use.
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