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Old 03-15-2008
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Transmission Compatibility

Just wondering what my manual options are for my ranger. 02 3.0 2wd.

I was looking just the plain old M5R1 out of a 3.0. What years can I take from? I see a bunch on ebay like 88-98 or 90-94. Are they all the same? I'm assuming nothing has changed.

What about clutch options? I tow quite often, so I dont' want the clutch to be the weak point.
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he 3.0 has a bell housing all its own.....the m50d-r1 is the best stock transmission that what offered in the rangers.....

As for a clutch, I would get a SPEC clutch....
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Thanks. What years can I use? They all seem to be the same (meaning about 98 and up) but when I go to search for a flywheel or other parts it's coming up as a different section for 01-08 for the 3.0 manual
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get your flywheel and clutch for your year.....any 3.0 tranmission will work...
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when you say "towing" and "clutch" in the same sentence it makes me cringe!

you will loose towing capacity with a manual trans. plus they suck to drive with any trailer.

i think you'd be better off finding a 5R55E and swapping your 3.0 bell housing to it. this is a much stronger transmission then your 5R44E.

you may also look into a shop that does fleet rebuilds, they will know how to make your transmission last more then a year.
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