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2011 4.6L Modular swap to a Ranger?

I've been searching for info on that swap from a 2010 Explorer (with tranny for less than 2000) to put into my currently-being-resurrected 2003 Ranger.

My 5R55E tranny won't fit, so it's a great idea to have that 6R60 in that combo.

How difficult is it to transfer everything over electronically from Explorer to my Ranger?

Going from 207HP (2003 4.0L SOHC) to 292HP (2010 4.6 Modular) with similar gas mileage sounds appetizing, so I'm cruising the menu, for now.

Are the motor mounts similar? I'll probably need to fab a new tranny crossmember.

Any input is awesome.

Thanx all!
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I would look at the WIDTH of the 4.6l engine
302(5.0l) is 19" wide, and fits in Ranger engine bay but still a tight squeeze
4.6l SOHC is 28.5" wide
4.6l DOHC is 30" wide

So get out that tape measure, heater box will need to be removed, and steering shaft will need to be moved
Exhaust may have to run outside the frame rails

The electronics are not a big deal but after 2004 you have to keep the instrument cluster, and computer together or have Ford "remarry" them(computer will not allow engine to start without correct instrument cluster connected, no cluster = no start, wrong cluster = no start), you would need a 2004 or newer Ranger instrument cluster if explorer cluster won't fit, and have Ford Dealer "marry" it to explorer computer

Loads of different "flavors" of the 4.6l, read here: The Ford 4.6L (281 CID) Engine : The Ranger Station

5.0l Coyote build here, same width as 4.6l DOHC: https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1...96-ranger.html

IMO, you would be better off building a nice skinny 5.0l(302), with a tuned computer, loads of performance parts for the 302
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