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I have a 2000 Ford Ranger 3.0 Rwd with a manual trans and was thinking about doing the 5.0 engine swap but i want to still keep it a manual. Does anyone know what trans I would need to use for the 5.0 engine. Any help is appreciated thank you
 


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I have a 2000 Ford Ranger 3.0 Rwd with a manual trans and was thinking about doing the 5.0 engine swap but i want to still keep it a manual. Does anyone know what trans I would need to use for the 5.0 engine. Any help is appreciated thank you
I think you need a manual f150 trans that came with the 4.2 v6. IDK what years, mid 90's maybe? somebody with more info will correct me soon, I'm sure
 

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i think 97-03 4.2L f150s are the magic ticket. Not sure if 04-08s work or not.
 

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I have a 2000 Ford Ranger 3.0 Rwd with a manual trans and was thinking about doing the 5.0 engine swap but i want to still keep it a manual. Does anyone know what trans I would need to use for the 5.0 engine. Any help is appreciated thank you
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Yes, as said above the 1996-2003 F150's used a 4.2L V6 engine, that engine shares the same trans/engine bolt pattern as the 5.0l(302)
It came with the M5OD-R2 manual trans, in 2WD format, 4x4 trans won't work in 2WD
Rangers used the smaller M5OD-R1, the R2 is larger to handle V8 power
The shifter is in the same place, so its a nice fit in a Ranger

When the time comes you will need to drill out the bellhousing bolt holes by 1/16" for the SAE size V8 bolts, the 4.2l used slightly smaller metric bolts

You can use earlier 5.0l(302) truck manual transmissions but the shifter arm comes up under the dash of the Ranger, so you need to cut a hole and make new floor plate and then make a custom bent shifter arm to clear the dash

Mustang 5.0l transmissions(T5) have the shifter farther back so comes up right at the front of Ranger's seats, harder to deal with but doable

The 1996-2003 M5R2 from a 4.2l is the best fit, plug and play, but not the only choice :)
 

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Okay thank you guys for your help. I think I am going to go with the 4.6 f150 trans. I appreciate your help!!! Thank you
 

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I also had another question. Would I have to get a new rear end and drive shaft if I did the swap? Thanks
 

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4.2l V6 transmission, NOT 4.6l V8, wouldn't fit on the 5.0l V8

Yes, to new driveshaft, different length, you will need to measure for length once you have engine/trans installed, don't get anything until then, there are options that will fit but better to get the right one instead of a "maybe" one, lol

No, on the rear axle, 2000 3.0l Ranger will have 8.8" rear axle so can handle the V8 power
 

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Okay so I would have to get a custom drive shaft right? Thanks
 

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Maybe, but you won't know that until you have the engine and trans mounted, then you can measure, obviously regular cab, extended cab or long bed Rangers will all be different length driveshafts, stock

When you put in a non-stock engine/trans then thats one more difference in possible length
You could buy a driveshaft and then mount engine and trans so it matches driveshaft length, but its not very practical because of engine bay space, lol

Bookmark this page: https://www.therangerstation.com/tech_library/index.shtml

Go to Engines or Conversions sections
Loads of V8 swap info there
 

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Oh okay I got it now. Any ideas on where to get a trans or engine?
 

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This is what you need to get taken care of first.

You need a 2000-01 Ford explorer for a complete donor.
 

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1996 to 2001 Explorer V8, buy the whole vehicle

I see you are in Calif. so there will be issues with this swap as far as emissions, you can't use an older engine than whats in the vehicle now, so 2000 or 2001 Explorer is only option, those were the last years of the 5.0l OHV engines in any vehicles
 

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1996 to 2001 Explorer V8, buy the whole vehicle

I see you are in Calif. so there will be issues with this swap as far as emissions, you can't use an older engine than whats in the vehicle now, so 2000 or 2001 Explorer is only option, those were the last years of the 5.0l OHV engines in any vehicles
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