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4406 transfer case

Hi, can anyone on here possible tell me how long and wide a ford 4406 transfer case is? I have an awd case in my 98 and plan to switch over to the 4406, I was reading online it's a bit of a tight fit because the 4406 is almost twice as long and much wider...dont know how true this may be, any input would be appreciated
 
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Yes, there is a bit of modification needed to use the 4406 inplace of the 4404(AWD)

You should offset engine 3/8" to passenger side to get clearance

Good read here: https://www.explorerforum.com/forums...ranger.194729/

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Thanks, I read the thread but I'm honestly not sure I can move engine over 3/8 in because my exhaust is already about an 1/8 in from pass side frame rail. I may have to get case and see what else I can do. I'm planning an electric shift case. Thanks again
 
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I have read of people putting a notch in the frame, not my first choice
 
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Ya, a guy online wrote that he cut a corner block off case that he felt would not hurt, my bet is it was a locator pin . He said it went right in , he said he has ext cab which I also have, all I can do is get a case and try it. I'd prefer an electric case. Not sure if that make a difference in size? Loop
 
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I trimmed some of the notches around the exterior of the case, but didn't touch the frame or shift the engine at all on my '99. It takes up a lot of space, but definitely doesn't hit anything.
 
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Thanks, that's what I'm gonna go with, what did u get the case out of, like what year or vehicle, electric or manual?
 
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It's a manual shift case from an F-150. I don't remember what year specifically, sorry about that. I'll try to take some pictures this evening to show you how it fits in there.
 
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Thanks, appreciate it
 
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I was gonna try to go with electric shift, Ron d says it should work with motor from ranger case
 
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That's my understanding as well. I don't know if the pinouts and connectors are the same, but the basic functionality is at least designed the same way. Worst case, with the connectors in hand and a wiring diagram I'd assume you'd be able to match it all up. If I'd come across an electric shift case I might have considered it.
 
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How much did u pay for the case, did u go to a salvage yard
 
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How much did u pay for the case, did u go to a salvage yard
 
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I see them on ebay but the shipping is nuts
 
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I kept an eye on the local Craigslist page and found somebody parting an F150. It's been almost two years, but I'm pretty sure it was less than $100 for the case, linkage, and both driveshafts (which weren't the right length but I grabbed in case I needed the flanges or anything else later).
 
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I was able to get a 4406 electric shift t/c from a 99 f150. I switched the shift motor from the ranger case, had to splice the end of wire from my old case, I did notice when looking at awd case that it's got what I think is vehicle speed sensor at end of case, 4406 doesnt have this. Is there s way to get this to work, will I lose speedometer or am I wrong. A couple more parts and I'm about ready to start
 
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Originally Posted by rangerbill61 View Post
I was able to get a 4406 electric shift t/c from a 99 f150. I switched the shift motor from the ranger case, had to splice the end of wire from my old case, I did notice when looking at awd case that it's got what I think is vehicle speed sensor at end of case, 4406 doesnt have this. Is there s way to get this to work, will I lose speedometer or am I wrong. A couple more parts and I'm about ready to start
Your Vss signal should be coming from the rear axle, so I don't see any concern there.
 
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1998-2000 Rangers used the rear axle ABS sensor as the Speed Sensor, so you should be fine
 
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Ya whatever the sensor on awd case is, I disconnected the plug and drove truck. Speedo works so I'm good, thanks, ron u were correct on the ranger motor from transfer case, it bolted on 4406.
 
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Good work on the swap

Thanks for posting the updated info
 
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