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    Default decisions on a drive train

    I have a 2001 explorer sport trac in my possession
    it has a bad valve on #6 these engines are not know for being reliable
    so i have my choice of drive trains right now
    #1 mitsubishi 2.3L turbo diesel with tranny and tcase 5spd

    #2 5.0L V8 awd complete drive train

    the diesel requires more fab to mount it(maybe it came out of a ranger mind you a 87) and finding a manual pedal assembly
    some say these diesel suck for power others say they are just fine (keeping in mind i am also solid axle swapping this thing too so i will be regearing any way as well

    the 5.0L requires no fab for mounting bolts in with no hassle
    the tricky part is the wiring there's lots to do in the department

    i would love the fuel milage of the diesel but also would love the power of the v8

    before anyone suggests it i am not putting the rattley heavy ass 4bt cummins in it

    just interested in others opinions on the two choices i have come down too

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    More power versus fuel economy......Hmm for trippin then diesel, for wheelin gas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by binrat View Post
    More power versus fuel economy......Hmm for trippin then diesel, for wheelin gas.
    ill make a quick disconnect system for swapping drivetrains lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cooter View Post
    ill make a quick disconnect system for swapping drivetrains lol
    Cool. Seriously I would do diesel.

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    Weekend fun machine = horsepower

    Long term expo rig = fuel economy & longevity

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    5.0L
    no mods, cheaper to install. That isn't really an expedition rig, and the diesel install is all kinds of mods and stuff. Quite frankly, the exact opposite
    of what you want on an expedition rig. Total realistic savings from diesel fuel economy over cost of swap and assoc mods? Might even be cheaper to
    run gas long term as well.

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    The Mitsubishi diesel I'd question drivetrain strength as it'll be heavy enough I'd suspect trans failure. Go 5.0

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    diesel has the complete drivetrain it came factory with as far as cost it would be the same and pars are still readily available for it as it was a stock engine in three manufacturers trucks in the mid eighties

    5.0L is alot more mods in wirring and elec work more cause for issues out in the bush

    and the sport trac will make a good overland rig once it is done
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    The most logical question is:

    "Which will have better resale value?" Haha........
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