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My 5.0 Coyote Adrenalin engine swap (Plan B)

Discussion in '2007 - 2010 Explorer Sport Trac' started by stylin99, May 6, 2011.

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    1. stylin99

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      Many of you were following my 5.4 3v supercharged engine swap last year. Well, that engine eventually got yanked out, and put back to stock, after many months of frustrations trying to get the auto tranny and stock computer to play nice with all the radical changes. 9 mpg and driveability issues forced me to call it quits.

      So it's time for Plan B! I just picked up a new 5.0 Coyote engine from an '11 Mustang GT as well as the 6 spd manual transmission to go with it. 412 hp out of the box naturally aspirated, lighter aluminum block, and easy to tuck under the stock hood. I'll still be able to tow my Mustang around without worrying about boost, and gas mileage.

      It will be a few months before I can really get this started. Got to save up some funds to purchase the other components to make this complete.

      So let the fun begin! (again...)

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      That looks sexy, can't wait to see more.
       
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      Watching..........

      This is what Ford should have put in Sport Tracs/Rangers instead of killing them off.:thumbsup:
       
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      That is a beautiful beast!

      How much did you snag it for? (If you dont mind me askin')
       
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      thats new out the box? looks great :thumbsup:
       
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      Excited to see progress. Good luck. Hopefully everything goes easier than with the 5.4.
       
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      THAT will be a fun project. Getting a 2006 designed electrical architecture to work with a 2011. Nothing is impossible, but be ready for some cussing!!!

      BTW - what transmission is that? Does not look to be the TR6060 For some reason I thought that was the 6-speed in the newer mustangs.

      Also, for your 5.4L swap, did you do all at once - engine and supercharger or did you get engine in first, feel it was not enough and then add supercharger? I am trying to determine if I put a Saleen blower on my 4.6L or go to a 5.4L NA. Wondered how the drivability was with just the 5.4L.

      As for fuel - these things just plain suck! I get 16MPG in my AWD 4.6L driving it like a granny with probably 70% highway. No idea how to get close to the 19MPG highway sticker. Same routes, my 2005 Ranger got 17.5 relative to the 18HGWY sticker. Oh well. I see it has gone down to $4.00 a gallon...

      Good luck with the Coyote. Will love to see a Manual trans in this thing!
       
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      Like stated before I can;t wait to see this finished.
       
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      awesome!
       
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      Quite simply, wow. That coyote looks pretty nice too.
       
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      I drive up and down hills and no highway and get 17.5-18 mpg. Here is the secret you can't really ever go over 2000 rpm it's tough trust me. I got 21 mpg going to Tennesse last month at 70 to 80 mph. What eats gas in these trucks is hard accelaration. I also coast down hills and don't touch the gas. Try this when you fill up make sure to leave the mpg showing on the guage cluster and whatch it while you drive this will help you adjust your driving. And see what works to save gas.

      On another note Stylin I think this is a better fit for our trucks to be honest. Also you have to change your license plate now :)
       
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      I'm subscribed, this should be fun.
       
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      I have slightly larger tires (265/70r16 AT) but I seriously don't know how you are getting 17-18 on city driving, I baby mine around town and only get around 13 in the city. I rarely go over 2500 rpm and can't see how you don't get run over when you accelerate under 2k rpm (that is a very EASY and SLOW acceleration!). but more power to ya, I wish mine got that kinda mileage.
      (sry for the off topic)

      ...but I'm excited to see what this 5.0 project is gonna look like, I know that 5.4 looked badass, its a shame it didn't work out
       
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      did u get this engine from a new 11 gt or wrecked gt or what. but keep up the good work
       
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      I don't drive in city It's country no stop and go and I drive 45 to 50 mph.
       
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      This 6spd is the getrag version in the 11 mustang. Im soooo tired of this auto tranny. Ready to yank it out now if I could.

      Already started taking some measurements. Good news so far! The wiring will be the biggest obstacle. Ford racing makes a control pack for this as if it were going into a hotrod but I'm not sure howuch functionality I'll lose in the dash cluster. We'll see.
       
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      Damn! I would love to make my 4th Gen a stick! Always planned on dropping a V8 in it someday but thought making it a stick would be a pain in the ass. We'll see how yours goes. Watching every post of this thread!
       
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      Seems like it would be easier to change the transmission to a stick than to swap out a V6 to a V8.
      I do have to say that a V8 and the auto 6spd is really fun and economical. I would love to drive a Sport Trac with a V8 and stick. But I would not purchase it.
       
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      WOW!!! I can't WAIT to see this finished!!!

      These new motors have A LOT of potential. It's crazy that from just a tune change, you can make it sound like it has BIG cams:D What mods will you do to the motor?? CAI/Boss Intake/exhaust and custom tune? Surprised you are going with a manual, the new 6-speed autos seem to be very popular and very strong???

      Good luck and I will live my dreams through you:D
       
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      Well, I've learned a great deal about the computer in this truck over the past few weeks. The biggest obstacle will be trying to get the stock instrument cluster to work with the new PCM for the Mustang engine in the truck. Everything is a big network of devices that talk to each other, and the cluster is one of the main pieces of the equation.

      Will probably stick with 2 steps to this conversion. Manual trans conversion first this time, and when it's all installed and working, I can work towards the engine swap afterwards. Big burnout videos, here we come! LOL
       
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      I moved the transfer case questions to the proper section, HERE. I'd like to keep this on topic and not clutter it up with questions/comments on other applications.

      Thanks!
       
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      I hope this works out! I'd love to do this down the road.
       
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      Perhaps use the mustang cluster and modify the dash to accept it. Seems like a strange solution to us old timers but if the harness for the new drivetrain is series wired, aren't they all now, that may be easier than trying to make it "talk" to the old Explorer cluster. Sometimes the computer actually uses one of the gages as a sensor instead of directly reading the sensor output. Seems crazy but decreases wiring and complexity for the manufacturer.
       
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      That is an interesting option! With the right trim bezel, that would looks slick! (and eliminate the network headache.)

      Funny, I remember back in 1999 when the mechanics were swapping an SVT contour V6 into a Focus when I worked at SVE. That is exactly what they did to simplify the process - AND - that was before the rediculously integrated networks!

      That just might be the ticket.
       
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      as I watched all the struggles you were having with plan A I was thinknig to myself a coyote swap would have been better. Good luck those engines are strong even stock. Tunes really get them movin.
       

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