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Old 02-09-2012, 05:08 PM
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4x4 conversion

Hey, I have a 96 Ford f250 xlt 7.3 automatic 2x4 and I was wondering how hard it would be to convert it to 4x4. Also, what parts would be needed? Has anybody up here done it?
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Old 02-09-2012, 05:17 PM
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a few have, you will need tranmission/transfercase, driveshafts, axles, springs, hangers, pcm/pcm reflash, shackles,

if you decide to do the 05 swap ive seen them done with axles and transmission/transfer case, driveshafts, and pcm reflash or pcm, good luck, 05 will need radius arms and subsiquent components as well
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I would use a dana 60 front axle, with the old style wheel bearings. I would also use a manual shifting transfer case. I would also swap the auto for a manual trans.

The reason for going manual is get away from the electronics that are involved.

If you decide to stay automatic. I would find all the parts from a 96 F-250 of 350.
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Old 02-09-2012, 07:12 PM
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they should all work from late 94-97, but keeping it very simple is find yourself a whole truck and use it for parts
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Unless you've got ALOT of money, mods or emotional attachment to your truck your better off finding a 4x4 version and swapping your stuff over to it, or just selling it outright and starting over. just my .02
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:34 PM
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exactly what i did lol
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How come you need the PCM reflash for the swap?


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Old 02-09-2012, 08:50 PM
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to operate the lights and signals in the dash for 4x4 and low range
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:06 PM
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That's PCM controlled? Thought that was just some switch lights and wiring direct from the transfer case


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Old 02-09-2012, 10:42 PM
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its not the lights so much, but how it drives? im not 100% but i do know the pcm in a 4x4 is different from that of a 4x2 even when the truck has exact same options
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