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2001 Ranger 4x4 V8 swap with 97.5 drivetrain

Discussion in 'Ford Ranger - Mazda B-Series Forum' started by boominXplorer, May 26, 2012.

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      I picked up a 2001 Ranger extended cab 4x4 with a 3.0 with a missfire and a bad oil pan leak leak. Needless to say the gutless 3.0 needs to go. I have a late 97 Mountaineer parts truck I am using for the swap. I will be using the 97 computer so I have to swap the entire fuel system, no pats and shouldn't have too much of an issue with the speedo. I do realize most of the wiring is different from the 2 trucks so there will be a ton of re-pinning on the connectors.

      I was set on leaving the truck stock height and doing the V8 swap but have decided its much easier to do a swap with a body lift. Since I did a body lift I realized I wanted more so also going with a 4" superlift kit with coil-over conversion. Will be running 4.88 gears with a lunchbox locker in the front and E-locker in the rear explorer 8.8.

      I am a very busy person and will try to update this post more than once a year since this is a slow going project haha

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      Year and a half update....... drive train is out the ranger. The front lift is done, complete frame has been cleaned and painted and I have a garage full of V8 parts ready to go. I'll hopefully be running by summer. [​IMG]
       
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      Hot dam, its about time
       
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      Bump!
       
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      I have been busy the last few weeks. Got the truck fired up, rear driveshaft made and actually drove the truck down my street for the first time in 2 years so I'm stoked!! Still have a huge to do list to finish up the swap. The only issue I found with my wiring is to the a/c clutch since the Rangers are set up completely different in the wiring.

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      Awesome cant wait to see it
       
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      My poor man's deavers haha. Gained 4" of lift using 2 sets of stock explorer springs. Nice and soft still too, flexes great. Still need to swap out the rear axle and take out the factory blocks though.

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      Are you gonna do manual hubs?
       
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      Nope, just going with a torsen l/s in the front.
       
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      Finished my rear shock setup and gave it a flex. Have 5" up travel and 6" down.

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      Badass!
       
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      Boy I need to update this thread. Here's some more recent pics.....

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      What did you do for the fan shroud? Leave it off or modify it?
       
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      I'm running an E-fan with the radiator in the stock position(not dropped like you normally would with a body lift). I'm using a 2010 ford fusion fan with pulse width mod control (gives 4 speeds)

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      Nice! That's one way to git er done. :)
       

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