Manual trans?

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Has anyone put a manual trans in a 5G ranger?

Seems like this EcoBoost engine with a decent 5-6 speed manual in it would be fantastic. No idiotic transmission programming or host of other electronic misery to go along with...Even just a Standard T5 would be nice. Plenty strong enough.
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Never seen it done. I don't think it can be done on modern vehicles since the engines and transmissions are no longer a simple swap. Everything is tied to the VIN and computer these days.
 

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not that i know of. at least not in the states. some of the over seas rangers get more options than we do. you could get a ecoboost mustang with a six speed, so maybe that would fit in the ranger. but truth is manual transmissions are a thing of the past for the majority of cars and trucks now. sad. i liked every manual trans u had.
 

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Wouldn't be surprised if we saw someone in the next few years but the manual transmission from the Bronco into the Ranger. It's also using the 2.3 EB
 


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Never seen it done. I don't think it can be done on modern vehicles since the engines and transmissions are no longer a simple swap. Everything is tied to the VIN and computer these days.
Thats what I was thinking, if the Brain dont see all the tranny sensors and its codes, it will most likely go into Limp Home Mode
 

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Somebody put the 2.7 and manual in a Maverick. Should also be possible in a Ranger
 
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It'd be nice to have a converter lock up control button. Being able to simply not lock up the converter would solve a lot of drive-ability issues like the idiotic parking lot 1-2 (or 1-3)shift surge when your foot is coming off the throttle.
I dont know about yours, but my truck, when in drive just tooling through the neighborhood will shift all the way up to 8th or 9th AND lock the converter at 25mph.

I really like all the features on this little truck, it's almost exactly what I was going to build for myself (earlier Ranger with a 2.3 Turbo Coup engine and AOD trans) but the way this transmission is programmed in normal drive...it's a freakin nightmare.

It's better in trailer mode, which is what I've been doing. Somebody somewhere has got to be reprogramming these shift points and converter lock up points. But I sure cant find them...
 

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It'd be nice to have a converter lock up control button. Being able to simply not lock up the converter would solve a lot of drive-ability issues like the idiotic parking lot 1-2 (or 1-3)shift surge when your foot is coming off the throttle.
I dont know about yours, but my truck, when in drive just tooling through the neighborhood will shift all the way up to 8th or 9th AND lock the converter at 25mph.

I really like all the features on this little truck, it's almost exactly what I was going to build for myself (earlier Ranger with a 2.3 Turbo Coup engine and AOD trans) but the way this transmission is programmed in normal drive...it's a freakin nightmare.

It's better in trailer mode, which is what I've been doing. Somebody somewhere has got to be reprogramming these shift points and converter lock up points. But I sure cant find them...
Use "S" mode when driving in town...
 
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I do. It's less annoying than drive, for sure.
 

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Yeah Sport mode is so much better for our hilly, windy local roads.

Curious what the Pedal Commander will do…

Love my manual Bronco.
 

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It'd be nice to have a converter lock up control button. Being able to simply not lock up the converter would solve a lot of drive-ability issues like the idiotic parking lot 1-2 (or 1-3)shift surge when your foot is coming off the throttle.
I dont know about yours, but my truck, when in drive just tooling through the neighborhood will shift all the way up to 8th or 9th AND lock the converter at 25mph.

I really like all the features on this little truck, it's almost exactly what I was going to build for myself (earlier Ranger with a 2.3 Turbo Coup engine and AOD trans) but the way this transmission is programmed in normal drive...it's a freakin nightmare.

It's better in trailer mode, which is what I've been doing. Somebody somewhere has got to be reprogramming these shift points and converter lock up points. But I sure cant find them...
Problem solved: https://performanceparts.ford.com/part/M-9603-REB
 

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Someone will probably do it with the MT88. Should match up with the 2.3L no problem, but for 4wd you will have to swap in a bronco transfer case I think?

And when you swap in the Bronco transfer case you'd have to make a choice about enabling the '4A' mode (not sure if anything else would need replacing to actually make that work...maybe Bronco transfer case has its own diff built in to allow use all the time? Could be interesting to play with that in its own right).

I'd do it, really, but I bought the Ranger for towing and I'm a bit hesitant about the MT88+transfer case handling towing my boat.

FWIW there is an MT88 for sale on ebay (has been for a while). The transfer case needed to mate up with it is MB3Z7A195G. Getting around the 'missing' 10R80 would require an emulator or just simply coding it out with forscan or something.
 

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If you do this skip the MT88, it's been having all kinds of issues. Mine sounds like it's full of gravel.

Skip the M5R1, too light duty.

AX15 with Quickdraw adapter is where it's at. I have one going into my 66 Bronco: 2.3EB/AX15/Ecobox/NP205.
 

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In the APIM module in FORSCAN you can select transmission type from manual to auto. Also, not all MT-88's are created equal; the ratios for the diesel are different from the ratios for the 2.3 stang and the Coyote V8 versions. The closest application for our trucks would be the 2.3 stang version with a mating collar to accept transfer case. BTW, the "auto 4wd" function on these cases does not have a center diff, it just engages/disengages from 2H-4H as slip is sensed, while retaining the hubs in locked position
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