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I want to Swap in a 4.6L 2V V8 into my 2001 Explorer Sport, but I need help

Discussion in 'Modified 1995-2001 Explorers' started by Chance Koehler, December 6, 2018.

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  1. Chance Koehler

    Chance Koehler New Member

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    How hard is it to swap in a 4.6L 2V V8 into my 2001 Ford Explorer Sport that has the 4.0L V6? How much does it cost? And more importantly, can I still use the stock 4R70W transmission from the V6?
     
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  3. vroomzoomboom

    vroomzoomboom Elite Canuck STOCK SUCKS! Elite Explorer

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    how hard is it? hard
    how much does i cost? the cost of a donor to start. if you want to take it to the shop, your going to spend waaaaaaaaaay more then the truck is worth
    4r70w is a v8 trans, you have a 5r55e. however, can you use it? no
    you will be gutting your truck from the transfer case forward. you will have to gut all the electronics as well. you will also have to make your own mounts and exhaust. you might also have to do some cutting on your firewall. if you have never done this sort of thing before, best to leave it stock unless you have a mountain of money to pay someone to do it.
     
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  4. Chance Koehler

    Chance Koehler New Member

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    Thank you for the response. the only reason I was asking is because my 2001 Ford Explorer Sport 2 Door 2WD is creeping towards the 300K mile marker with the 4.0L V6, and i want to swap a new motor and transmission into it, and i thought about swapping in a 4.6L 2V Modular V8 and a 4R70W from a 1999 to 2004 Ford Mustang GT
     
  5. MrQ

    MrQ Take the Bull by the Horns Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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    The cycle of engine swapping in an Explorer:

    :hammer::sawzall::rant::drunk::hammer::sawzall::splat::shoot::dead:.

    Swapping in a 5.0 is an easier (relatively) swap or just have the SOHC rebuilt.
     
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    It's possible. At least in a 2WD format. I don't think any user has successfully done this before, but the guys from PowerBlock's Trucks! swapped a 4.6 Aluminator into a Ford Ranger, which shares the same engine bay, and most dimensions.
     
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    Chance Koehler New Member

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    Do you remember how they did it?
     
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    Custom everything. Aftermarket ignition, custom built steering shaft, no A/C, custom mounts, drive-shaft, built IRS out of a t-bird, I think they used stock Mustang exhaust manifolds, the rest of the exhaust system was aftermarket. They even built a 100% custom bumper cover out of a fleece blanket and fibreglass resin. I forget the name of the build, but every episode should be available for free at powernation.

    This was clearly not an easy undertaking, you'll need quite a bit of money and expertise, not to mention tools to do this .
     
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    @MrQ
    Absolutely LOVE this post! imp
     
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    mic98xlt Elite Explorer

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