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Name: Grev B
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The door tag on the expo lists the rear end code, there are charts including here with the ratios and configs.
If it had a V8 it is a 3.73. If it had a V6 you could have one of several. Best one IMO is D2 which is 31 spline 4.10 limited slip.
It is the 5.0L 302 V8. ;) Which means V8 swap obviously!!
So it'll probably have the 3.73, which is fine. I plan on doing new bearings and seals in the new diff, along with new gear ratio.
Honestly, dad has me hooked on the idea of 5.13 because it would have stupid torque, but I might settle for 4.56 or 4.88s, depending on pricing and time. I wanna put a TO4e turbo on the 5.0, it'll be less than 10psi, but I wanted a little extra oomph. Plus, what is better than a 5.0 swapped prerunner ranger?
A turboed 5.0 swapped ranger. hehehe
The Gear Ratio is based on your Tire Size, If you plan 7" lift, then 35" tire might work, AND 5.13s are not ou too the question.
I run 33" tires and 4.56 gear with a 3.0L and sometimes I wish I had 4.88s. With a 5.0L you might not need as deep gearing but it isn't out of the question.
Maybe find someone with 5.13 gears and the tire size you are thinking on and test drive.
The Explorer sounds good, I have only driven an '88 Ranger STX, short bed, std cab, that I installed a 5.0L and all I can say is the sis the way Ford should have built them.
I don't see a 5.0L conversion coming soon for my 2003 but I owuld love it. I would with a 5" lift with 33" or max 35" tires and I would try out the 4.56 with the 5.0L first.
Good Luck on your project, take your time... "Do it Right the first time" !
Last edited on Wed Aug 21st, 2019 10:01 pm by Scrambler82
2003 EDGE, Std Cab, Steppie, E4 Red, 5sp, 4x
5" SuperLift, 33" x 12.50 x 15"
Mod'd Backrack to fit Steppie
Front and Rear Bumpers by Custom 4x4 Fabrication, OK; now Mike's Welding and Fabrication.
Working on more Mods, just need more time, longer days would work !