About the Author
Rodney "Rocket Rod" is one of the Directors of Wholesale Automatics. He has been in the automatic transmission industry for over 30 years. Rodney mainly focuses on Marketing and New Projects and is the driving force behind creating new ways to bolt different parts together for our conversion projects. Rodney is also responsible for the majority of the entertainment at Wholesale Automatics.
In this video we look at some of the key upgrades that can be made to a Ford PX Ranger with 6 speed transmission:
- Dual heavy duty transmission oil cooler
- GENII torque converter lockup control kit (in development)
- Analogue temperature gauge kit
- Heavy duty Nomad valve body
- High volume deep cast aluminium pan
Most tradie utes including the Ford Ranger don’t have an auxiliary cooler at the front. They rely on hot water to cool hot oil which has very limited success. The vehicle needs to be equipped for how it is actually used which may include carrying heavy loads, towing, off roading, and travelling long distances. Wholesale’s dual heavy duty transmission oil cooler has two coolers back-to-back on the same mount. The cooler and mount are all Australian made as are the other small parts such as the cooler union and bypass unit. The mount is dual coated – both zinc plated and Mannex Black coated for maximum corrosion resistance. There are heavy duty high pressure lines which are protected by a flexible conduit to guard against such things as stone strikes and rubbing. Even the hose clamps are stainless steel so that nothing is going to rust on the kit. This reflects the care put into the design and manufacture of the cooler. Every car needs to have two coolers, a full range of these coolers are available at Wholesale Automatic Transmissions. We have sold a lot of the upgraded Ford Ranger coolers as the original factory cooler has been a big problem for many owners.
The temperature gauge kit is a highly responsive gauge. You can learn a lot about your transmission by being able to watch the temperature on the gauge. For example you might be driving hills or driving on sand and notice the temperature gauge start to rise and then be able to drop down a gear or change into low range to see an immediate drop in temperature. This ensures the best performance of the transmission and maximises fuel economy. Think of a temperature gauge kit as a strain gauge rather than a temperature gauge. The more strain you put on the car, the hotter the temperature will be. The gauge allows you to see how best to control transmission temperatures.
The Nomad valve body will give up to 1L/100km better fuel economy whether you are towing or not. It keeps the transmission cooler by pumping more pressure into the torque converter which changes the viscosity of the fluid in the torque converter so that it slips less. The Nomad valve body removes all of the factory faults. It has higher line pressures (more clamping pressure to all of the clutches) and more oil flow through the coolers.
In the case of the Ford Ranger we highly recommend that the cooler thermal valve is changed. This is a sort of thermostat for the transmission oil. Replacing the thermal valve with our new full flow thermal bypass valve will make the coolers flow full time. The original factory fitted valve is well known for sticking and jamming causing the coolers to remain permanently closed. Our new valve completely eliminates any chance of this happening and along with the heavy duty dual cooler the thermal bypass valve makes a big difference (this valve can be purchased separately or with a fitting kit. If purchasing the Ford Ranger Nomad Valve body the thermal bypass valve is included – no need to purchase separately).
The video below shows the range of automatic transmission upgrades we have available for your Ford Ranger and an overview of installation.
If you have any questions about upgrading your Ford Ranger call the sales team at Wholesale Automatics on 03 9762 8004.
Ford Ranger Upgrades
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