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Old 05-10-2012, 01:30 PM
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Default 1985 Transmission swapping

I've looked around on the internet and have found a wealth of information but no definitive answers.

I just bought this 1985 Ranger, 2.3 EFI, 5 speed with 2WD. The third time I drove it and less than one week after I bought it, the transmission bearing goes out which is about how my luck has been going lately.

Anyways now I'm in the market for a used trans and would like to know what would fit. I'll likely be having to put this in myself and since I haven't done this before I would like the transmission to be pretty much plug and play.

This is all I know for certain so far:
- According to TRS I should have the Toyo Koygo 5 speed found in 1983-1987

What I was wondering is if I could use the 5 speed Mazda transmissions from 1988 and up 2.3s? I would hate to pull an older trans, put it in, and have it fail on me a few months later.

I've also been told that the 1983 to 1987 Aerostar 5 speeds are the same as the Ranger and that the 1983 to 1984 BroncoII is the same even though they may be 4x4. Have I been told correctly?

Basically what I'm after is to get the newest trans that I can from the junkyard in this thing or if that fails have the most options available to find one that is just as old.

Thanks everyone and sorry that this was exhaustively long.
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