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    1. Sheepdog100

      Sheepdog100 New Member

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      Sup everyone. You can call me Sheepdog just here to learn and teach as much as possible and hopefully build an awesome Explorer at the end of the day with the help of the knowledge base here.:bounce:
       
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    3. BrooklynBay

      BrooklynBay Moderator & long time member. Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    4. Sheepdog100

      Sheepdog100 New Member

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      Yeah I've been through some ups and downs with my explorer but now im ready to get her back on the road and running good. First step is trying to put in a new transmission that I have. Never replaced a transmission but am pretty mechanically inclined so should be able to figure it out with a little help.
       
    5. BrooklynBay

      BrooklynBay Moderator & long time member. Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    6. Sheepdog100

      Sheepdog100 New Member

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      No I have RWD.Ive been looking into doing it for a while but it seems pretty daunting its hard to find a video on someone removing a 5R55E from an Explorer.
       
    7. BrooklynBay

      BrooklynBay Moderator & long time member. Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Disconnect the battery, electrical plugs, drain the fluid, shift cable, starter, torque converter nuts, transmission mount, driveshaft, fill tube, and the bell housing bolts. It will take a while so have patience. Make sure that you have 3/8" & 1/2" drive sockets, pry bar, ramps, jack stands, drain pan, funnel, box wrenches, ratchets, magnetic dish for screws, extensions, universal adapters or swivel sockets. Check the condition of the flexplate, adapter, and the rear main seal. Keep enough fluid available before you start.
       
    8. Sheepdog100

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      I am definitely preparing to take the task on and appreciate the help I can use all that I can get. Would you recommend a lighter flexplate I have heard they have some benefits? Do you know of any?
       
    9. BrooklynBay

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    10. Sheepdog100

      Sheepdog100 New Member

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      From looking at the one I viewed it was made out of less filler material but I also relooked and found out that it wont fit my trans anyway.
       
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      Also are these instructions to be followed in order or are they in random order?
       
    12. BrooklynBay

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      Im working at a steady pace and have fluid drained, 3 of 4 drive shaft bolts out, my shifter cable disconnected, my starter removed, and one torque converter nut removed. But I have hit a hiccup...I dont know how to spin my Harmonic balancer to expose my other TC nuts through the hole where the starter was. I have read that starting the vehicle(ish) works but thats not an option for me. But spinning it another way would be great if anyone knows any help would be appreciated.
       
    14. BrooklynBay

      BrooklynBay Moderator & long time member. Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Thanks I ended up using the pointed/flat end of a lug wrench and pushed it with little resistance after I dropped the driveshaft. Now my problem is trying to figure out if I have to drop the entire crossmember to get the tranny to tilt back. The way my exhaust runs it looks like I am because my cat runs right into the crossmember right above my torsion bar bolt. My question is will removing the portion of the crossmember where the torsion bar rest affect my suspension and if so do I need to be marking my torsion bar bolt position?
       
    16. BrooklynBay

      BrooklynBay Moderator & long time member. Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    17. Sheepdog100

      Sheepdog100 New Member

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      Hey Brooklyn update I got the old trans out and only had to seperate the center portion of the crossmember from the frame portion that houses the torsion bar and its adjustment screw.
       

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