U.S. Military - Veteran
- Aug 8, 2009
- Reaction score
- Sasquatch Country!
- Vehicle Year
- Make / Model
- Ford Sport Trac
- Engine Type
- 4.0 V6
- Engine Size
- 4.0L SOHC
- 2WD / 4WD
I bet my Ranger would be pretty pokey without it. It rips off nice neat shifts all the way to 5k in each "gear" if I get on it, or less if I'm not on it as hard, but not having that gear would make a big difference.Yes, if you are driving down hill most manual drivers skip gears
I think the point of the difference in the 4R and 5R, is there a big enough reason to swap out a 4R for a 5R, I don't see it
Not sure having that 2nd gear would be beneficial enough
If you were swapping a transmission to get Overdrive or a Granny gear for towing, I can see it
In the year I used the Ranger for commuting I know quite well it ran 2nd gear nearly every day. That's because I have at least one interesection where I must pull out onto a busy road where the traffic is usually moving pretty well. I watched the tach run up through every gear, sometimes to 4k or 5k, and I know it used 2nd.That fake gear almost never happens. You've probably driven your truck your entire life and had it engage once. When i sober up illl take my truck for a ride with my laptop plugged in to show the shift paterns.
Quite unlikely as lockup is not happening in the lower gears at all, and is pretty obvious in 5th when it happens. There's a noticeable delay after the 5th gear shift before lockup.When you "count" gears 1,2,3,4,5... what you think is 5 is most likely the lockup which feels like another gear and even drops rpms like a gear shift.
When you actually hook a scanner up you'll see 1,3,4,5, lock up. (5 shifts but no second)
I think this is an important point, in that the shift profile is programmed in the ECU rather than the valve body of the transmission so it need not be the same in every engine/transmission combination. Dirtman's is a 2009 2.3 2wd, which was a very common fleet vehicle setup on the lightest version of the Ranger. It would be the mileage leader of the line and it's quite possible this is programmed differently than my 2004 3.0, which would be used on heavier versions.Not sure if this is a reading comprehension issue or the alcohol, but - I am NOT using a Ranger 5R55E shift strategy, it is the Sport Trac 4x4 5R55E strategy.
Here is the data log, it is 100% repeatable with every acceleration from a dead stop.