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Old April 22nd, 2015, 02:24 PM   #1
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I purchased this off of a guy on here a few years ago. 2002 TJ, stock 4.0 5 speed, with 4" lift and 35" tires. Since then I've dropped some $$ into it.

5.5" extreme long arm lift kit
G2 Dana 60 rear axle with 5.38 gears Detroit locker
G2 Dana 44 front axle, 5.38 gears and Eaton electric locker
39" BFG Krawlers

With the gearing the stock 6 had no problems. The transmission had always had a "noise", and after a trip last fall to Rausch Creek off road park, the clutch needed to be replace.

So I decided to do a total swap, motor, trans, t-case ... out with the old and in with something different ... yeah, different.

I decided I wanted to do a 5.0 Ford Explorer with the GT40 heads, 4R70W auto and an Atlas II t-case.

I contacted frdtrckmnrich (Rich Santose) and he agreed to do the swap for me, being a Ford guy and all.

If anyone wants a write up on what he did, please contact him on here.

Donor vehicle was a 2000 Ford Explorer with 120K miles on it.
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Old April 22nd, 2015, 02:31 PM   #2
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Rich had to make the motor mounts and trans & T-case mounts. Custom wiring and I bought a new gauge cluster and AutoMeter gauges so everything would work.
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Old April 22nd, 2015, 02:34 PM   #3
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I've seen some Mustang 5.0 swaps, but I couldn't find anyone that has done the 5.0 Explorer swap. frdtrckmnrich has done an amazing job getting everything to fit and look like it was meant to be that way.
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Old April 22nd, 2015, 02:34 PM   #4
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Test drive: Took it out Monday afternoon for it's first test drive since the swap. Ran great, no issues except my dumb ass assembled the cables incorrectly on the Atlas t-case and Rich had to redo them so we could get it into 4 low. Nice engine tone, not loud and obnoxious. Spins tires with ease and transmission shifts nice.

I will be picking up the finished vehicle Friday morning. Still needed a couple small items to button up.

Leaving May 1st for Windrock Off road park in Tennessee with it.
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Old April 22nd, 2015, 03:18 PM   #6
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I was going to question the Explorer, but found you needed a donor. Nice swap. Out of the ordinary. Most people stuff a small Chevy in it.
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Yeah, 5.3 or 6.0 or the Hemi swap seem to be what everyone is doing these days. I'm a Ford guy, always drove F150's and believe in their product.
I always try to be a little different from the crowd.
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Kind of like me when I toyed with putting a Windsor in my S-10. Really rile the Chevy guys.
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I am quite happy with how it all turned out. It is always a great feeling to accomplish something others have not. It runs out very well, and there is a lot of room in the engine bay!
I couldn't have done it with out some help from a couple others on here as well. So I would like to also thank jbeemer, Alboy79, and frdboy. Thank You!
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I am quite happy with how it all turned out. It is always a great feeling to accomplish something others have not. It runs out very well, and there is a lot of room in the engine bay!
I couldn't have done it with out some help from a couple others on here as well. So I would like to also thank jbeemer, Alboy79, and frdboy. Thank You!
Can you post detail on the wiring mods and how you are controlling the 4R? Stand alone or modified factory? Did it need a tune, any missing signal issues, etc?

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Can you post detail on the wiring mods and how you are controlling the 4R? Stand alone or modified factory? Did it need a tune, any missing signal issues, etc?

Sweet swap.

We used all factory explorer stuff, had the pcm to a tuner to have theft removed. The explorer harness is really nice to work with as it is pretty self contained, one bulkhead connector that has to be pinned out for your powers/grounds and such. I think the only signal that has to be worked around is the vss as the explorer gets a square wave from the abs module and not an ac wave like most sensors put out. On Rich's bronco he had a converter box built....I am not sure what he did for the vss on this one.

Rich modified the TJ tank unit to hold the explorer pump and regulator.
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We used all factory explorer stuff, had the pcm to a tuner to have theft removed. The explorer harness is really nice to work with as it is pretty self contained, one bulkhead connector that has to be pinned out for your powers/grounds and such. I think the only signal that has to be worked around is the vss as the explorer gets a square wave from the abs module and not an ac wave like most sensors put out. On Rich's bronco he had a converter box built....I am not sure what he did for the vss on this one.

Rich modified the TJ tank unit to hold the explorer pump and regulator.
I couldn't have said it better myself.

My bronco is currently running this same setup with the exception of the vss. Mine uses a speedometer cable output sensor from I believe a late 80's ford truck. It has been modified to out put a square wave signal. On the jeep we used a factory jeep geardriven speed sensor and rewired it.
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who is the tuner?
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I am pretty sure it is....
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www.stevemorrisengines.com
Yes sir, had them delete all the emissions stuff and the pats system. Along with a few minor performance tweaks.
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