[QUOTE=Y2KStangGT;8759236]The 2dr and 4dr 4.0L (OHV and SOHC) Explorers got the 5R55E 5spd auto starting in '97. The 2dr Sport kept using that trans through '03. The 4R44E / 4R55E / 5R44E / 5R55E were based on the A4LD, which isn't a very strong trans.
Way to many numbers and names to keep track of with the 5 and 6 speed trans. Between my family, friends and me we have or have had all the versions of Explorers mentioned in this thread, I just didnt know the years all the trans were used.
I put air bags on my 98' just to keep it level, all the early Explorers seem to get that rear sag, the bags would definately help if used for towing, even though I dont tow much with mine.
Proud owner of a family of fine Fords:
1989 5.8 Vortech Coupe, 2005 6.0 Eddie Bauer Excursion, 2006 Explorer Limited V8