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Exactly, id like to do a manual tcase swap but from what ive read its alot of other stuff im going to need, not sure one the driveshaft and all of that extra stuff. Are the newer tcases the same as 93-97? Btw very nice truck, id say its rare as level2 are supposed to be black interior only with this as the exception! I still like the black better Lol.
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Exactly, id like to do a manual tcase swap but from what ive read its alot of other stuff im going to need, not sure one the driveshaft and all of that extra stuff. Are the newer tcases the same as 93-97? Btw very nice truck, id say its rare as level2 are supposed to be black interior only with this as the exception! I still like the black better Lol.
If you found a true Level II T-case and linkage it would be a direct bolt in on your truck. The only thing you would need is to modify your floor plate (or use a level II plate and block one hole off but thats a very expensive way to do it. ) Then just come up with a bezel for the shifter and you're more or less there. If you want to wire up the indicator lights on the dash there is a touch more work, but nothing to bad.
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Thats the problem i highly doubt im going to find a tcase from a lvl2 thats manual. Is that all that fits?
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Thats the problem i highly doubt im going to find a tcase from a lvl2 thats manual. Is that all that fits?
Yeah, I don't want to get to much into it in this thread but yeah more will fit and work but require driveshaft swaps and other small mods.

Here is Trepaul's swap using a 1354 Tcase out an Explorer.

https://www.ranger-forums.com/f82/tr...mation-104139/

Here is mine using Level II parts.

https://www.ranger-forums.com/f37/ma...e-swap-103317/

Both of these are Manual trucks so there will be some differences mainly just the tail housing swap and interior setup but the concept is the same.

Edit: Oh and if you're contemplating doing the swap check out www.car-parts.com. Its lets you salvage yard inventories nation wide. I picked up my first Level II swap for $400 that way.
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Thanks for the help.
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Level 2 doesn't mean twin sticks. In the 2002FX4 and 2003 FX4 Level II you could get an automatic. In that case it the truck came with an Electric T-case. So technically its a No-stick truck.
Oh I see, that's lame.
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I have to say i think the best configuration for the Fx4 L2 would have been the auto tranmission and a manual transfercase. I have a stick now and it is fun to drive but the 5r55e offered twice the towing capacity of the manual and the ability to tune for more HP, Torque, or fuel economy.
The automatic is only rated at a higher towing capacity because most people don't know how to use a clutch properly from a standing start. The manual transmission will probably stand up to towing load better than an automatic.
Sorry, you can't tune an automatic Ranger engine for more HP, torque or fuel economy than a manual. You can tune an automatic to have better shift points and maybe a few other things in the transmission to make it a better than a non-tuned automatic, but you can't tune it to be better than a manual. The driver controls the shift points in a manual and can make it better or worse depending on their skills. An automatic in general has more parasitic power loss than a manual. Once the torque converter locks up, that power loss is minimized.

Now lets see, would I rather have a Japanese built manual or a French built automatic. Well, I prefer a manual anyway but I think the French are less skilled than the the Japanese when it comes to automotive stuff.

I am pretty sure there were considerably less manual transmissioned FX4s built in 02 than automatics. I know I had a hard time finding mine. I had to drive 80 miles to get what I wanted. So to the OP, the most rare thing about your FX4 is the tan interior and second is the manual transfer case (twin sticks).
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