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swap is too easy in your truck
98-01 Ranger is pretty much exactly the same as a 98-01 Explorer until after the drivers doors, then the frames change
The ranger has vacuum hubs, I always delete these, they are problematic. Explorer cv axles, knuckles, unit bearings bolt directly on. Now you have a live front axle, no hubs
buy entire 5.0L explorer donor truck
Install 5.0L drivetrain, from radiator to tailhousing into ranger. There are about 4 wires to deal with on your 2000 3.0 conversion.
Add pats key, ign lock cylnder, module and pcm from 98-01 donor 5.0 truck
Bolt on 4406 t case
fit front d shaft from donor 4.6 F150 or expedition using conversion U joint
Have rear d shaft modified to suit
Have exhaust installed from stock explorer down pipes to a dual in single out muffler, back over tail and out
hookup 4x4 lights
Decide if you want to use Explorer seats, console, rear axle, and more.......
Thats the short version
You can sell your 3.0L stuff to help pay for it all if any of it still works well / low miles
Most reliable RBV drivetrain ever = 302 / 4r70w and 1/2 ton t case of your choice
I will cover this in the sport trac conversion thread we have going right now
I have been fabricating anti rotation bar brackets for the snow tracked suzuki samurai
Once this project is finished (few days) we are back on the sport trac......
My front driveshaft is the superlift one with a dual cardan joint to accomodate for the lift. What should I do about that? I have the PATS module, lock cylinder, 2 keys all from the donor. The only thing I don't have from the engine donor is the computer, but I do have one from a different 5.0 explorer. I work at a repair facility that has a Ford IDS scan tool, so they should be able to program that. Also, my truck is already a live axle truck. 2000 was the last year for vacuum hubs, and I have a late build. Did you ever figure out if I can use the stock transfer case motor and wiring on the 4406? Also, how does the transfer case mount to the ranger crossmember?
Last edited on Wed Aug 8th, 2018 12:56 pm by ILivermore
2000 Ford Ranger XLT 4x4
3" Performance Accessories Body Lift
4" Superlift Suspension Lift
Fox Racing Coilovers, Eibach Springs
Camburg Heim Inner Tie Rods
FR36S Leaf Springs
4.56 Yukon Gears