• Welcome Visitor! Please take a few seconds and Register for our forum. Even if you don't want to post, you can still 'Like' and react to posts.

5.0 Swap questions


molson101

New Member
Joined
Dec 3, 2015
Messages
1
Reaction score
0
Points
0
Vehicle Year
2000
Make / Model
Ford
Transmission
Manual
Okay, so I've searched around the internet, but haven't found specific answers for these questions. I've got a 2000 Ranger 2wd, and want to put a 5.0 in it, I'm in the midst of putting the engine together, but I have questions about some parts. I've read about some conversion kits online, but those kits were made for 83(?)-97, and it said after 97 that the Rangers had a suspension change, so I was wondering what I could use for the motor mounts, I've read that people can use 98-up Explorer motor mounts, but I was wondering if anyone has done it, same question with headers, can I use them from a 98-up Explorer? Any little hints or help would be much appreciated!:D:D:D
 


Rock Auto 5% Discount Code: F9A1A579ACFAD1: October 1st, 2021

Jbrown1238

Member
Joined
Sep 3, 2010
Messages
691
Reaction score
6
Points
18
Location
Largo, Fl
Vehicle Year
2003
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Size
306
Transmission
Manual
My credo
None
Okay, so I've searched around the internet, but haven't found specific answers for these questions. I've got a 2000 Ranger 2wd, and want to put a 5.0 in it, I'm in the midst of putting the engine together, but I have questions about some parts. I've read about some conversion kits online, but those kits were made for 83(?)-97, and it said after 97 that the Rangers had a suspension change, so I was wondering what I could use for the motor mounts, I've read that people can use 98-up Explorer motor mounts, but I was wondering if anyone has done it, same question with headers, can I use them from a 98-up Explorer? Any little hints or help would be much appreciated!:D:D:D
I think most people here are using the custom engine plates and the stock 3.0/4.0 98-00 Ranger motor mounts. You may read that the 3.0 and 4.0 motor mounts have different part numbers but I compared the part numbers on my 3.0 mounts to the 4.0 mounts and they both had the same part number. I used the 3.0 mounts and they worked fine. I just hit 30,000 miles on my swap, good luck with your project.

The Explorer OE exhaust manifolds will work but they are pretty restrictive.
 

win

Member
U.S. Military - Veteran
V8 Engine Swap
Joined
Jan 13, 2014
Messages
335
Reaction score
12
Points
18
Vehicle Year
2002
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Size
5.0
Transmission
Automatic
Nope -- No kits available and the kit's bits/parts/pieces for the prior gen Rangers won't work.

Custom engine mounting plates needed but use the OEM Ranger V6 mounts (minus the spacer under the left Ranger mount) -- I've posted some diagrams and there are other drawings as well.

OBX or Torque Monster headers from AL's, the cast Expo manifolds are better flowing than the earlier Expo tubular ones. Ford Racing parts did some Expo V8 headers, no longer available new, but perhaps used? The headers need to be V8 Ranger or V8 Explorer specific.

Check out my "lessons learned" thread, would be very similar to the path you're on.
 

0576Ranger

New Member
Joined
Dec 4, 2015
Messages
4
Reaction score
0
Points
0
Vehicle Year
2000
Make / Model
Ford
Transmission
Automatic
Motor Mounts

Going from the explorer to ranger only took mild modification to motor mounts from the explorer was the way i decided to do it . Driver required no modification the passenger side needs to be flipped and shave the lip off so you can get close to the motor then cut over about a 1/2 inch and she will slide in .
 

0576Ranger

New Member
Joined
Dec 4, 2015
Messages
4
Reaction score
0
Points
0
Vehicle Year
2000
Make / Model
Ford
Transmission
Automatic
Transmission Question

I have been trying to figure out how to override the 4x4 sensor on the transmission. It is throwing a fault in my transmission and not allowing it to shift into overdrive. Converted to 2WD ranger from AWD explorer.
 

hoosier1104

I'm Awesome!
Supporting Member
U.S. Military - Veteran
V8 Engine Swap
MTOTM Winner
TRS Banner 2010-2011
TRS Banner 2012-2015
Joined
Jul 17, 2009
Messages
5,132
Reaction score
103
Points
0
Location
Camby, IN
Vehicle Year
1999
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Size
302 based goodness
Transmission
Automatic
My credo
Work hard and play harder
Get a AWD Expo and use the motor mounts. I know for a fact that they will work. Just swap the Expo drive train with the Ranger drive train. All you have worry about is the drive shaft and wiring.

I have done this and know first hand.
 


Top