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Old 07-12-2013, 11:16 AM   #1
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4v 4.6 in 86 lx

I have a 3.8 86 lx and was planning a 5.0 swap but I can get a 4v 4.6 and 4r70w for $550. I just don't know what it would take to get it in my engine bay. N e info will be appreciated! If I can do it I want to get started asap!
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You need a aftermarket k member
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it'll fit with the new k member that's the nice thing. here's my friends highway patrol fox with a 4v swap

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You also need the harnesses, a standalone controller for the trans or a manual valve body, a bunch of other stuff. If you think you'll save money by going with a cheap 4.6 you found... you'll spend quadruple. Just get a 5.0 and swap it in or better yet just get a GT and don't worry about the trouble of the swap.
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I'm already planning on buying a tubular k member even if I go 5.0. I no it won't be cheap and I know ill need a stad alone system I just wanted to make sure that I wouldn't have to fab n e thing. could a 4v 4.6 swap be done under $2,000? That's what I have right now and would LOVE to have a 4v 4.6!
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$500 for the standalone, $550 for the engine/trans. Converter included? What kind of shape is it in? If not more $$$ for that even before the harnesses... And then you've still got a 3.8 drivetrain and what sort of shape is the rest of the car in?

No, not for $2k, not IMO, not doing it properly.
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Gotchya. I already did a 5 lug conversion upgraded my springs/struts and have 8.8 rear axle so I'm good as far as that goes. A t5 or aod won't work will it? What about a carbed 4.6? I've only seen a few and don't know much about em. Most likely ill stick with a 5.0.
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Carbing a 4.6 is really the same as carbing a 5.0 that came with EFI. A t-5 will not bolt to a modular, nor will an AOD but modular 5 spds are cheap and plentiful and will work in a fox behind a modular.

IMO, if you have a 5.0 stick with a 5.0. If I were you I would be out looking for a 5.0 Explorer motor with lower miles to swap in. Its the same motor as the Cobra minus the cam and a cam is $100 or free if you just go with a GT cam.
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Yeah that's prob what I will do. I just thought it would be cool to have something different but didn't realize how much work it would be. Thanks for all the info though!
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