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Old 07-04-2010
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Icon5 Swaping rears and motors

i found a 3.73 posi rear out of an explore am i able to just swap it into my 89 ranger. I hate my open rear and i have the 2.9 i was think of swaping motors what do you guys think is easier and a better change a 4.0 or a 5.0 let me know thanks
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If you want to go through the time and effort of an engine swap, go 5.0 or go home.

I'm pretty sure that expo axle will fit just fine
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ya how much more is involved for the 5.0 tho. i was told if i put the 4.0 i can keep my trans i have now in i just need a little more power nothing crazy it main purpose it a trail truck driver second
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I don't know much about the older motor/trans setups and how easy or hard the 5.0 swap is, but I think at the end of the day you will like the 5.0 much better, just my opinion
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ya your probaly right but ill do some research maybe do a 4.0 and do some work to it i dont know ill figure somthing out
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the 4.0 and 2.9 do share trans bolt patterns, but the 2.9 trans won't hold up too long to the torque the 4.0 makes. i would go ahead and do the 5.0
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i no that the wiring harnes for a 4.0 will plug into mine pretty much and if i do a 5.0 should i get it out on a stang and go with the ho or out of a bronco with just the normal 5.0 and then what should i get carb TB or fuel injection
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