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Conversion to 4 wheel drive

Well i would like to say it seems pretty worthless to have a 1ton++ truck only being 2 wheel drive. i drive 15 miles each way to work every night and we have 9 inches of snow.... What an interesting trip home

Well i have a 1997 F450/fsuperduty its got the 7.3l powerstroke with the zf5. Its got 141k and it runs like a new truck.

I want to convert it to 4x4. Would a straight axle conversion be the easiest route to go??? my truck has 4.63 gears in it and i didnt know if i could find a front axle with 4.63 gears and if i could whats the chances it would be a 10 bolt lug pattern.

now when i put a tcase in is there any electronicsto it or just manual tcase. Do i have to change the trans to a 4x4 zf5???

WHats your opinion on this.....???? Should i just find a donor f350 4x4 and just go that route i really dont know what all i would have to do
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not sure about the tcase hook up but i would pick up 2 axles front and rear with 4.10s. In the 80s they made dully 4x4s. The 4.10s will help fuel milage alot.
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can i go any higher on gear ratio or no???
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not sure about the tcase hook up but i would pick up 2 axles front and rear with 4.10s. In the 80s they made dully 4x4s. The 4.10s will help fuel milage alot.
Rest assured they made dually 4x4's in the 90's and 00's too

The easiest way would be a donor 350, need trans, transfer case, front end, rear end(unless you want unmatched wheels) not sure on the wiring, I dont think the psd requires wiring on a manual trans to run correctly.

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No they didnt make 4x4 duallys in the 90s. They are all conversions.

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Maybe I missed something, are we talking 350 or 450 dually? I can go find you 5 or 6 350 dually's right now for sale thet I can tell you are work trucks that havent been to a conversion shop

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They did not make 4x4 dually's in the the 90's, I didnt think they made them in the eighties
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Well either way, conversion or not, they are not rare, in 5 minutes of looking I found 3 90-97 F350 4x4 dually's for sale here so finding a truck to get parts from shouldnt be a problem

Make that 5 I just found 2 more

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well i posted an add on craigslist for axles for my f450 i have a dana 80 in it with 4:63 gears. some one has 8 bolt dually axles from a f350 with 2:73 gears. could i use that or is that even possible to use. I dont do alot of pulling.

also for doner trucks for this project i have access to 3 fsuperdutys, 3 f350s, 7 f250s. only 2 have powerstrokes. But i cant wait to get the utility bed off my truck. i have a western hauler bed or a dually bed to put on i dont know yet
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