Yep, grab the parts and bolt her in! I converted my F150 from the AOD automatic to the ZF5 a couple years ago. There are a couple differences (like the difference in length, but driveshafts are easy to find at a salvage yard if you've got one nearby), and you might need a different hose for the clutch ( I don't remember off-hand). Hope this helps!
If I could simply swap the actual gears out...I'd be happy.....
I mean hell...The danged thing already shifts like a stinkin dumptruck...Why not add the plunger handle in a bucket of gravel shifter also?
the zf5 is a much more truck/tow-friendly tranny. the mazda trans is a pretty tall tranny, i always felt like it shoulda been in a car vs a truck. . .if you dont like your mazda gears, i think youd be quite happy with the zf5. keep in mind 1st gear is granny so you'd prob never take off in 1st unloaded with your 2wd.
to the OP: as long as you have the right zf5 to mate your 302 4x4, then its a direct swap for the mazda trans. i changed nothing when i did mine.
You will need a tranny that comes from a 4x4 heavy duty F250, or F350 with the following engines - 300-6cyl, 302 or 351. The truck the ZF5 comes out of, MUST be a 4x4 also. Converting a 2wd tranny to 4x4 is not worth the effort. ... The ZF5 is shorter than your M5R2 Mazda tranny, so you will need a new driveshaft. ... But yes, as long as the 4x4 ZF5 comes off a 300-6cyl, 302 or 351, shes a direct bolt in deal!
in my case, i have a 2WD F150 with the M5OD bolted to a 4.2L V6... is there a ZF5 i could swap in as a "direct bolt up"?
my truck is a 2000 regular cab with the 6 1/2 foot bed.
I am looking for a donor truck to change out my 96 4x4 5 spd to a zf 5 speed. I understand it must be a 4x4, 300,302 or 351 but what years would I need to narrow my search to? How do you identify the zf? Thanks!