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Old 11-05-2009
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Tranny dilema.

I am finally getting around to buying another ranger. I am looking at newish 06-07 FX4's with low kilometers (30-50k). I really have not put much thought into Supercharging but it is a growing interest. My biggest dilemma right now is whether I am picking up a manual or automatic. Is there a clear winner in terms of strength or durability between the two? The automatic would probably need some tuning I'd imagine after the install but I have heard some people claim the the manual is a pretty weak transmission. I'm looking for more knowledge on the subject.
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Well just judging by how Ford rates the towing capacities the auto would be stronger. But it's hard telling. A built 5r55e can handle a good amount of power and shift faster than what an manual would. Zabeard has a supercharged 4.0 with a built auto trans and NicksterSVT had one as well. Both held up well.
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The 5r44e that comes with the 3.0 is rated for 440 lbs. of torque and the 5r55e that comes with the 4.0 is rated for 550 lbs. of torque.
With a little tuning you can really make these tranny's shift firm.

If you did a Supercharger you would need a tune either way Auto or Manual trans.
My truck see's a lot of boat ramp action so the auto was a no brain'er for me.

89,000 miles with a lot of towing and Nitrous runs.NO PROBLEMS

Tony

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