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Old 03-19-2011, 04:46 PM
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Default 2.3 to a 4.0 swap

I'm sure this has been covered, just tired of looking page after page for it. I have a 97 ranger 2.3 5 speed 4x2 that I want to swap in a 4.0 out of a 96 explorer 4x4. I know it will bolt right in. I will need to find the correct 5 speed and possibly a driveshaft. I plan on swapping out the power seats, tilt colum, cruise control, radiator, engine, 8.8 rearend and drivers side door if it matches, and the power mirrors just to get me started. Here are my questions..

1. Will this be a true plug and play swap? I will have access to the entire explorer that is complete.

2. with a factory 5 speed that came behind a 4.0, would the exsisting crossmember work for the transmission.

3. Will the exsisting driveshaft from the ranger work with the new transmission and the 8.8 rearend from the explorer??

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Old 03-19-2011, 08:00 PM
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Default Re: 2.3 to a 4.0 swap

i commented on rps as well.

1: should be close. not sure i would consider anything fully p'n'p, but this should be close.

2: cross member should be fine. i have a 93 that was 2.3 5 speed and went to a 97 4.0 auto and i don't think anything changed on the cross members.

3: you will need to find a ds from a 2wd manual trans, in the same cab as you have. if you are reg cab, stay away from 98+ reg cabs as they are slightly longer. what motor the ds comes from doesn't matter as long as it's from a manual trans. front yokes and lengths are different. will bolt right up to the ex axle.
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Old 03-19-2011, 08:27 PM
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Default Re: 2.3 to a 4.0 swap

Sounds good. looking into it, I'm more than likely going to go with an auto trans since it will be easier and the explorer is auto, so that computer is already set for one.
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