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Old 08-21-2018, 01:54 PM
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Default M5OD-R1 or M5OD-R1-HD

How do you tell the difference between the R1 and the HD?

Are there numbers stamped on the bell housing or somewhere in the VIN?

I would love to have the lower 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gears from the HD in my R1.

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Duh! Stupid me. It's on the dang door sticker. SMH
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Old 08-22-2018, 10:01 AM
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Default Re: M5OD-R1 or M5OD-R1-HD

the hd has one bolt on passenger side that is out of line from the one on the other side it is the middle one this is to miss the camshaft drive
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Old 08-26-2018, 09:52 AM
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Default Re: M5OD-R1 or M5OD-R1-HD

Thanks.

Ill have to check but I can't imagine I have anything but the R1
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Old 08-26-2018, 12:46 PM
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Default Re: M5OD-R1 or M5OD-R1-HD

You most likely have the R1..thats what I have in mine, and I think that's the only one that the 2.3l came with
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Old 08-27-2018, 07:16 PM
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Default Re: M5OD-R1 or M5OD-R1-HD

Yep, the HD is the SOHC transmission.
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Old 08-28-2018, 10:42 AM
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Default Re: M5OD-R1 or M5OD-R1-HD

So I'm assuming I can't bolt an HD trans to my 2.3 then. Wish I could have those lower gears.
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Old 08-28-2018, 10:54 AM
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Default Re: M5OD-R1 or M5OD-R1-HD

As far as I know, the internal parts can be interchanged.
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Old 08-29-2018, 10:45 AM
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Default Re: M5OD-R1 or M5OD-R1-HD

I thought I read an article on that awhile back, but thought it was in the transmission that went behind the 2.3 Lima. And something about having to modify the stick. I wonder if I could just put the needed internals into my transmission and not have to modify anything.

Anyone have any insight into this?
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Old 08-29-2018, 11:01 AM
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Default Re: M5OD-R1 or M5OD-R1-HD

All of the Ranger engines shared the same Mazda transmission from '89 on IIRC. There were slight variations in gearing, and several versions of the transmission manufactured to match the appropriate engine's bellhousing bolt pattern. If you're willing to disassemble two of them, you should be able to move the gear sets back and forth as needed.

I'm not 100% on the swap between a standard R1 and an HD, but it would surprise me if there are relevant differences. There have definitely been forum discussions in the past about swapping between R1 variants.
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