Tech article by Jon Hanna (Admin)
Automatic Transmission Intro
See also Manual Transmission Introduction

AODE & 4R70W (E = electronic, W = wide ratio) 4 speed automatic with overdrive
These were replacements to the older AOD. The AODE was available in 1992-1995 as a brief precursor to the 4R70W. The 4R70W started in 1993 in both Ford cars and trucks. 1996 and newer all have the "wide ratio" or low gear set. (F-series trucks started getting the "wide ratio" gears in 1994) Look for one out of a small block V8.
The AODE & 4R70W was Fords stronger, improved replacement for the earlier AOD. They are very similar to the AOD, but are electronically controlled and therefore have no kickdown lever. Look for an electrical plug on the rear, side of the housing (driver's side) to differentiate it from an AOD. Like the AOD it also has a one-piece case and bellhousing design, but is 7/8" longer. Look for two bolts (not three) for the starter to indicate it's from a 5.0L not a 4.6L.
Adapter required?
Use the same adapter as the AOD, with slight (and inexpensive) oil hole modifications.
This transmission features one of the lowest gears available for a Ford automatic. It's also stronger than it's AOD predecessor and the electronic controls provide more advanced, smoother shifting. Because they're electronic, the shift points can be tuned specifically to your needs.
The electronic controls are a nice feature, but also require additional work and expense. First you'll need a way to control the transmission. This can be done using a factory computer if you've swapped to a later model 5.0L or 5.8L engine. Or you can purchase an aftermarket controller made specifically for installing the AOD-E in older, non-computer controlled vehicles such as the "Baumanator" from Bauman Engineering. Expense is also a definite concern. The adapter kit and computer controller alone can cost almost $1000 in addition to the cost of the transmission.
Cost: (Approximate)
Transmission: $300-500 used and $1000-2100 rebuilt
Adapter kit: $550-620
Low gear set: $650-800
Computer controller: $400
Drive Shaft Mods:
Total transmission is approximately 2.5" longer requiring some drive shaft modifications.
Bell housing:
The AODE came behind small block Ford engines and will bolt up to your 289-302-351 engines.
Modifications needed:
The output shaft needs to be machined to install with the stock Dana 20 transfer case. The transfer case is set back further requiring a larger hole in the floor. An aftermarket transmission shifter or modification to your stock automatic shifter will be required. Transfer case to floor may be tight if you don't have a body lift installed and the front drive shaft may be very close to the transmission pan depending on your lift. A smaller diameter front drive shaft or transmission pan modification may be required.

Manual Transmission Gear Ratios1st2nd3rd4th5th
Bronco 3 spd (6 cyl)3.411.861.00
Bronco 3 spd (8 cyl)2.991.751.00
NP 4356.693.341.791.00
Toploader (Close ratio)2.321.691.291.00
Toploader (Wide ratio)2.781.931.351.00
Toploader (Overdrive)3.291.841.000.81
NV4500 (Dodge)5.613.041.671.000.73

Automatic Transmission Gear Ratios1st2nd3rd4th5th
Bronco C42.461.461.00
AOD w/ low gear set2.841.551.00.67