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Swapping 2wd to 4wd?

I need some advice. I have a 1990 F250 with a 7.3 idi non turbo. Its problem is that it's only 2 wheel drive. I want to convert it to 4x4. Is this a expensive task? Also roughly what would it run me for the parts? My plan is to make it a farm truck that will last forever and still have the ability to tow equipment and go anywhere. I plan to do it all my self. It will have a flatbed and be slightly lifted.*
OR...*Would it be smarter to just sell this one and buy a 4x4 then do the things that I wanna do

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Start looking for a wrecked truck to pull parts from. I am not familiar with a 90 2wd front axle, if it's leaf sprung it should be fairly easy. The most expensive parts will be the axle, transmission and transfercase. The Dana 60 I just bought for my 95 was $900, you can occasionally find a better price but a higher price isn't uncommon either. You will need to shorten the drive shaft and replace the transmission with a 4x4 unit. If your not doing anything too extreme, I would just get some good tires and a locker.

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Yeah I thought about that last night. I think that a good set of mud tires and possibly a locker will be the way I go. Im not a big fan of not havin 4wd but that might work for me

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What difficulty level is this swap? How much do you think it will cost me total?

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Has anyone done this swap?

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It will be hard considering you will have to actually get a front end swapped in thats geared the same as your rear. Replace the shaft in the transmission that goes into the tailshaft i belive 2wd one are 2 inches shorter then a 4wd. All that being said, its prolly cheaper and less of a pain to just go to a junkyard and get a Transfercase and front end. I did this swap one time on a 94 f150 i had and it bout drove me to drinking... Lol
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You have to either swap the output shaft in the Trans or find a 4x4 Trans. Then the transfercase, then the front axle. your best bet would be to find a wrecked truck. You're probably looking at about 2000

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Ok so I ended up selling the 2wd. I am just gonna look for a 4wd one and avoid the surgery!

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