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    01 Explorer to 02 Ranger V8 Swap Question

    I have an 01 Explorer v8 auto awd and want to swap the engine trans and tcase into my 02 fx4 ranger 4.0 5 speed 4x4. My question is, can I just take the dash and complete wiring harness out of the explorer and put everything in the ranger? I have both the complete explorer and complete ranger to work with. If you need more info, just let me know. Thanks.
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    absolutely not, lol. when i first did my swap this is what i wanted to try but it turns out that the rangers wiring changed in 01 and the explorers didn't so nothing will mate up. the good news is it can still be done! look in the v8 swap FAQ section. there is a post by me about a 2001 5.0 swap wiring guide. this will tell you everything you need to know to get yours swapped over. the only thing that isn't covered is what you will do with your 4wd electronics because the explorer is awd. hope this helps,
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    Purchase an EVTM for each vehicle (try eBay) and you will learn any wiring differences.
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    Put the ranger cab on the explorer frame.

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    Quote Posted by 400sxman View Post
    absolutely not, lol. when i first did my swap this is what i wanted to try but it turns out that the rangers wiring changed in 01 and the explorers didn't so nothing will mate up. the good news is it can still be done! look in the v8 swap FAQ section. there is a post by me about a 2001 5.0 swap wiring guide. this will tell you everything you need to know to get yours swapped over. the only thing that isn't covered is what you will do with your 4wd electronics because the explorer is awd. hope this helps,
    ~Nat
    Alright, its my buddy thats doing the swap, he doesn't have the net tho. I printed your wiring guide out. His truck currently has a manual trans and manual transfer case, fx4. I'm guessin the AWD case will work but the truck will be AWD, which isn't preferable, but it'll work until he can find an exped. or f150 case? And what shafts will he have to use? I'm guessing the front shaft that is in the ranger will work because the ranger and ex both have the same front shaft, but what about the rear? I think I read something about using the end of the ex shaft on the end of the ranger shaft and it working? Thanks.
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