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Old 05-04-2011, 08:26 PM   #1
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Well I ditched the idea of swaping a 96 Expo V8 into my 94 Ranger .
Just picked up a 2001 2.5 auto Ranger that has a DJM 4/5 Drop on it for 1000.
I also have a complete 96 Explorer that i got for 800. It has low miles and a 3.73 Lsd . Ill have pictures of the two later .

Ive read the How To: 98+ install and Im sure Ill have a few questions as the swap progresses .

Where is everyone mounting the starter relay ?

Do you use the body harness at all ?
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Old 05-04-2011, 11:38 PM   #2
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the chassis and hood compartment are nearly identical on the 96 explorer and 01 ranger. im pretty sure that the chassis wasnt revised until 03 so if the trucks share the same wheel base you might be better off switching the ranger body on to the explorer frame then putting the lowering kit on just to save time of pulling the engine and drivetrain. from there just look at where everything on the explorer bolted for fuse and relay boxes and place them where they need to be.

but if you have done ripped every thing out then just refer to where everything as far as the wiring was on the explorer and get it as close to identical on the ranger. hope this helps and good luck
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the chassis and hood compartment are nearly identical on the 96 explorer and 01 ranger. im pretty sure that the chassis wasnt revised until 03 so if the trucks share the same wheel base you might be better off switching the ranger body on to the explorer frame then putting the lowering kit on just to save time of pulling the engine and drivetrain.
Sure sounds good but the frames are too different even with them years. Explorer is 8" wider at the rear and narrower at the front. If OP is using that 4-5 drop, then I'm guessing he must have the coil spring suspension, completly different from the Explorer front frame. Cab mounts are totally different also. Ford did make some things really easy like the wiring. Lots have done real similar swaps with what he has so there is good support here.
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Well I cleaned the truck today . It was sitting in someones yard for 1.5 yrs with tons of leaves and dirt . Previous owner blew up the 2.5 and intalled a reman motor only to have the trans go out 500 miles later . The truck wouldnt run when i got it and it had 2 flats . The reason it wouldnt start is because the fuel pump also went out . After I rigged the fuel pump and added fresh fuel it now runs , moves but only in reverse. I installed my orignal Cobra R rims on it also .
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looks nice. wish i had the time and resources to actually do this stead of starting to ask questions then realizing i need a house to sit it at lol. I hope it goes as easy as it can for ya.
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looks nice. wish i had the time and resources to actually do this stead of starting to ask questions then realizing i need a house to sit it at lol. I hope it goes as easy as it can for ya.
Thanks . I know what you mean . I just leave it at work becasue a lift makes things so easy .
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ya if i only had a buddy with a shop lol.
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Looks good so far. A couple things I will add...Be sure to grab the fuel lines from the explorer, the ranger has a returnless fuel system, whereas the 96-97 V8 explorer has the return style fuel system, you will need the return fuel line and to swap out the fuel sending units...
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