Will a '97 M50R2 trans bolt up to a '98 2.5 ford engine?

Discussion in 'Drivetrain Tech' started by stillwater, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. stillwater

    stillwater New Member

    I have a 98 XLT 2WD that one day will get a 5.0 engine and all-wheel drive via an Explorer/Mountaineer drivetrain swap. Right now I have a 2.5 with 220,000+ miles on it and it needs a trans swap. Currently has a used up 4R44E automatic. Getting the M50R2 hoping I don't have to buy a different trans now, and that one later. Trying to save $$$$.
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  3. OP

    stillwater New Member

    Never mind, got the answers and insights from a different forum.
  4. DeanMk

    DeanMk Member

    ...mind letting us know what you found out?.....please?....
  5. OP

    stillwater New Member

    An M50R1 will work on the 2.3/2.5 Lima engines, but not the M50R2. But it will bolt up to the 5.0 that will eventually find its way under my hood.
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  6. DeanMk

    DeanMk Member

    Rigth on. Thanks for the confirmation. :cool:
  7. Maxken

    Maxken New Member

    Sure it will fit, you may have to build your own crossmember, or swap one from a different year/model truck, but it will probably be a good deal better than a 700R4

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