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how hard would it be to make a electric shift transfer case work on my soon to be fully converted to 4WD but was a stock 2WD truck?

is this something that could be done or should i just try to find a manual shift unit? I'd rather go "shift on the fly" electric so i wont have to cut any holes and make shifter brackets.
i know there is a 4x4 module and somewhat how it works, could the shift motor work without the module?
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For the 13-54 electric T/C, you'd need a 2004 or equivalent 4x4 Module and a radio bezel with the 4x4 switch to duplicate the factory setup. There is surely some wiring to add and there are connections to the PCM and instrument cluster. I don't know if your 2WD PCM is calibrated to work with the 4x4.

It's been a long time since Ford offered a Ranger with automatic trans/manual T/C combination. The hole in the floor is big enough but the cover plate assembly is different and might be hard to find. Same for a linkage.
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If this helps, which it may or may not.

Ryan (ryanrebel125) has a b2 transfer case on his. He just cut a hole where it needed to be. He said everything bolted up, the only difference is the output shaft from a 1354 ranger electric tcase. You may have to get a custom driveshaft or just a converter.

I know zach beard knows about that stuff more than I do.
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so theres no way to by-pass the module? and have it be a "stand alone" setup?

my ford alldata dvd is in the grage computer at the moment and i'm to lazy to go get it. i'll see if i can print the complete wire diagram. i'm just curious as to how the shift motor works.
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The electric T/C motor has feedback position sensing that tells the module when it's in the correct position for 2HI, 4HI or 4LO. This is a rotary arrangement with the modes set 90 degrees apart. There are no mechanical stops for each position, so you can't just do something simple like pushbuttons or whatever.
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thats what i was thinking. so i may be better off going to some sort of manual shift setup?
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Given the choice, I would definitely go 13-54 manual. The gearmotor/encoders on the electric cases are not reliable enough, IMO. It's just a matter of rounding up the HTF parts.
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your right, i found ONE manual 1354 in the state of michigan!!!

i refuse to post where i found it lol
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And that was probably the EASY part. Now find the linkage, floor plate, boot, shifter, etc...
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all that stuf is still had from ford. i have a conection at a local dealer 25% off list.

the same yard has the rear drive shaft also
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I know it's spendy for the 2002/3 parts like on mine, even at 25% off. I don't know about price and availablity on the 90's Ranger manual T/C parts - maybe not so bad.
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Bob do you have a full listing of donor vehicles for the 1354 Manual.

I've been hunting local boards and u-pull yards with no luck.
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Bob do you have a full listing of donor vehicles for the 1354 Manual.

I've been hunting local boards and u-pull yards with no luck.
No, but I think you could get the manual case up through the mid-to-late 90's, then just on the 2002 FX4 Offroad and the 2003 FX4 Level II. Not available on any Ranger after that.

The 1354 cases (manual and electric) were intro'd to the Ranger along with the 4.0L OHV in 1992 and later went across the board to all Ranger engines. Before the 1354 was the lighter duty 1350, also in manual and electric versions.

Try www.car-part.com for a regional salvage yard search.
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from my understanding some early explorers had the 1354 manual as well.
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from my understanding some early explorers had the 1354 manual as well.
Yes, the Explorer came with the 4.0 from the beginning and had the 1354 manual case as an option in the early years. They are kind of rare, though.
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Thanks for the info Bob.

That search brought up some Explorer cases in the 91-96 range in addition to the Ranger listings.
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the problem will be the driveshaft flanges, the newer ones use the CV type front flange, the older ones used a 2 peice front shaft with a flat flange at the t case
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Luckily, there is the possibility of changing the front shaft or doing a flange conversion for many installations.
http://www.therangerstation.com/tech...sferCases.html
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yeah but if you get one with the flange in the tcase you can find driveshafts all day long.

Jeeps I know XJ 90-01, IM sure others do as well, Explorers all pre97 or 96, Rangers all pre97

And you dont have that retarded CV that does not work well on angles. but does work well with a stock 4wd.
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i was just thinking that same thing zach!!!

i think i'll go with a older style from a broncoII

i can get the case and front shaft for $125.00

the rear shaft i may have to have made.
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ok new question. say if a doner explorer was found like 1994 and said truck had all the switches and wiring could this be installed in said ranger?

from all the diagrams i have the 4x4 module is somewhat a stand alone unit and is not tied into the PCM or BCM in any way. hmmmmmm
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I don't know any technical crap to help you but i know enough to say manual transfer case is the way to go ! I'm sure one day my on the fly 4x4 is going to go out just when i need it most . on the fly was designed for yuppies and women IMHO . Give me twin shifters any day !
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well i may beable to pick the doner up cheap
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well i may beable to pick the doner up cheap
plus the donor might make my truck more powerful.
wait what.. shhhh....
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