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Swaping in a manual transfer case

Found a manual transfer case on craigslist its s 1354 out of a 96 ranger. I found tons of threads talking about swapping them in but i have a couple easy questions that i dont want to spend an hour or two searching for. How easy will it be to swap it into my bodylifted 98? Is there very many more parts required for the swap? If i decide to get it I will read through all the threads but i just dont have time tonight because of a few assignments i need to get done.

Also i found a cheap expo 8.8 but its from a 94. is it possible to swap to disk breaks?
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Found a manual transfer case on craigslist its s 1354 out of a 96 ranger. I found tons of threads talking about swapping them in but i have a couple easy questions that i dont want to spend an hour or two searching for. How easy will it be to swap it into my bodylifted 98? Is there very many more parts required for the swap? If i decide to get it I will read through all the threads but i just dont have time tonight because of a few assignments i need to get done.

Also i found a cheap expo 8.8 but its from a 94. is it possible to swap to disk breaks?
Swap itself is easy. Getting the linkage adjusted perfectly is about the most difficult part.


Check the driver's side of your transmission tailhousing (the part between the trans and the tcase...contains the trans mount too). Look for two threaded holes. If you've got those, you're golden for a manual Tcase swap. Those threaded bosses are what the tcase shift linkage bolts to. If you don't have them, you'll need to locate one and install it onto your transmission. (Seeing that you're a '00 and older model, the odds are you've got 'em already. '01+ they're only found on '02 Fx4 and '03 LII if equipped with manual trans).


I suggest searching in regards to body-lifted manual case trucks. I know there are several threads. I've done a couple where I cut, extended, and welded the shift arm in a similar fashion as the trans shifter and steering shaft extension. Made it longer. Other's rock it stock length too. Maybe someone else will post to give ya some better info.


Inside, I've got a gang of "twin stick" floor components available from up to '97 Ranger and Explorers. You'll want to find the floor bezel that has the small notch, not the large notch. It fits best in your truck with "twins".


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Heres some pics of what I'm talkin about if you haven't already seen these.

Mine: found in older rangers and BII's, not sure of the years but up to '92 I believe. Mine is from a 91.


The more offset one, found in the 93-97 rangers.
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Its simple. I did it in my 98 with no body lift. you need a 1995 explorer front drive shaft
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Forgot to reply about the Explorer rear end question...

I'd wait out for a disc axle. But YES you can bolt 95-01/05 Explorer rear disc components to a 92-94 Explorer non-disc axle. All really depends on parts availability (junkyards) in your area. You are forced to at least source the caliper bracket/p-brake backing plate from a yard or used. Everything else is available from the parts house.




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Its simple. I did it in my 98 with no body lift. you need a 1995 explorer front drive shaft
1995-1997 Explorer.

I forgot about that. Thanks.
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Thanks guys! thats really helpfull. Ill probably call the guy today and hope he still has it.

for the 8.8 ill probably hold out for one with disk breaks because i can get one for only $50 bucks more than the one i found. that way i dont have to pay for the extra parts except what needs to be replaced. the only good thing is that it had already had the spring perches moved.
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Are these the two bolt holes your talking about?
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Those are the threaded bosses for the 1354 t-case linkage.
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he already sold it. but now i know for the future! thanks for the help!
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Did some searching on car-parts.com are the manual explorer t cases the same as the ranger ones or is there more work that has to be done to swap one of those in? Im talking like an early 90's 1354 case.
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They are the same. Just make sure what you're getting is in fact a 1354 and not a 1350.
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Are these the two bolt holes your talking about?
Bob answered ya, but yep! That yours?

Definitely clean out the holes and maybe even throw a tap down the holes to make sure the threads get cleaned up nicely and so they're ready for bolts with good bite.



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They are the same. Just make sure what you're getting is in fact a 1354 and not a 1350.
But if it's from an Explorer, it already is a 1354. Anything '90+ is a 1354. Lower the miles the better, just remember that.

But true true on noting they are the same for install and linkages.
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I found a guy selling a 5 speed transmission and a manual tansfercase together from a 85-92 ranger or bronco 2. He said he thinks its a 1354 but i want to be sure before i buy it. Is there a way to tell the 1354 apart fromt he 1350? Also should i look out for anything else when im looking at it. How hard is it to find the shift linkages if it doesnt come with it? He wont seperate them but they are really cheap, getting both for less than most of the t cases go for by them selfs. so i guess ill have and old transmission that i will have to get rid of too.
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I found a guy selling a 5 speed transmission and a manual tansfercase together from a 85-92 ranger or bronco 2. He said he thinks its a 1354 but i want to be sure before i buy it. Is there a way to tell the 1354 apart fromt he 1350? Also should i look out for anything else when im looking at it. How hard is it to find the shift linkages if it doesnt come with it? He wont seperate them but they are really cheap, getting both for less than most of the t cases go for by them selfs. so i guess ill have and old transmission that i will have to get rid of too.
Bolt-on driveshafts will be a dead giveaway for a 1354. 1350's have slip-on shafts. On the backside of the case, there's a data plate. It'll say 1354. As far as checking it out...I make sure she shifts and the outputs do what they're supposed to. Check as best you can for excessive play between the front and rear output by holding one while trying to spin the other while in 4hi or 4lo.

Linkages can only be had used. So from a yard or someone who has one would be about the only choices. I might even have a couple laying around.

Sounds like a good deal. You'll have a trans to sell making the entire project possibly pay you to do it! Mine did for me. lol.
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Shane im glad your back! So knowledageble and willing to answer questions.

He is out of town until the first of July so i will have to wait a week and a half before i can go look at it.

How much play would you call excessive? i realize that could be a hard thing to explain or measure without someone who just knows how to feel for it.

Yeah if i can find someone to buy the transmission it will be nice to get some of the money back out of it, idk what the demand for a transmission of that age is around here.
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Got another question. Will the lights on the dash still work with the older manual transfer case?
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Got another question. Will the lights on the dash still work with the older manual transfer case?
I don't think so, but I think a member here did a mod to allow the lights to work
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Got another question. Will the lights on the dash still work with the older manual transfer case?
The manual case should have a 4x4 Mode Switch with 2 pins that can be wired directly to the ground sides of the 2 cluster indicator lights.
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I decided to put this on hold for now untill i can do more research so that i know what exactly has to be done and if/where i can get the parts from. Thanks for all the help!
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