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Old 03-25-2011, 05:18 PM
Gumcrew2 Gumcrew2 is offline
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Default 5 Speed For a 4

Currently I have whatever factory 4speed came behind the 2.3L in my 1983.

While it's plenty reliable as a tranny, it leaves more than a little lacking for a 5th gear (being at 85mph at 4400RPMS SUCKS).

I know several 5 speeds we're put behind the same motor. Can anyone tell me what year/tranny/spline count/size I should look for as far as a compatable transmission?

I'm looking at several options but I plan on keeping the 2.3L block in it forever.

I have no problem fabbing up a new crossmember/ mount to support the unit, and making the shifter fit. The only issues I'm worried about are the bellhousing bolt pattern and spline count. And overall length (driveshaft determination as I'm 2wd!)

Any and all help is appreciated
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Old 03-26-2011, 12:22 AM
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Default Re: 5 Speed For a 4

Theoretically you could use a M5OD-R1, although I'm not sure if it will bolt right up. It is the standard 5 speed for the ranger and was first used in 88' and has been on ever sense.

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Old 03-27-2011, 08:11 AM
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Default Re: 5 Speed For a 4

Hmm, any body else know?

Maybe I'll have to go junkyard hunting and mock one up to find out
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