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Old 09-18-2007, 10:16 PM
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Question 2WD to 4WD conversion?

So, i can find dirt cheap PSs but there all 2WD...

im going to most likely need the 4wd come winter here.

is there a 2wd to 4wd conversion kit? or is it just not worth it?
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Old 09-18-2007, 10:18 PM
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its not worth it. your better off finding a 4x4 .
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Old 09-19-2007, 05:32 AM
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Rank is right, its really not worth the trouble.....you think your saving money up front, but by the time you get the conversion done, you'll have spent almost twice what the mark up is for a 4x4 PSD....good luck finding one
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Old 09-19-2007, 05:40 AM
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So, i can find dirt cheap PSs but there all 2WD...

im going to most likely need the 4wd come winter here.

is there a 2wd to 4wd conversion kit? or is it just not worth it?
There is no conversion kit available. So you have to rely on part yards for everything you need, ebay for parts, craigslist, and other classifieds to obtain parts. You will need an axle, t-case, electronics, wiring harness, relays, bolts, nuts, and everything else. By the time you are done doing all the work, man hours, and hoping everything works right. Oh did I mention you will need a transmission for a 4wheel drive setup. Or at least the tailshaft of the transmission with adapter plate. By the time your all done you would have been able to go purchase a new truck or different truck that is 4wheeldrive. Now is there a cheap route you can go sure you can get customized driveshafts, 4 link suspension in the front, older divorced transfercase cut a hole in your floor for the shifter of the t-case, make custom cross members to support the t-case in place. You can do it that way but still after all the man hours and work is done. You still would have been better off to buy a truck that is already 4wheeldrive.

This topic has been discussed a few times on here. The end result is always the same there is no cheap way to convert and the cheapest way to do it is to buy a 4 wheel drive truck.
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Old 09-19-2007, 01:11 PM
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They are all right. It is way easier to just spend a little more for what you want.

I would not even attempt it on a SD, but the older trucks are easier to convert. You would still need many parts, or a whole parts truck, so you really don't save any money.
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Old 09-19-2007, 04:47 PM
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mkay. thats what i was thinking from the start, but yall just reaffirmed it.
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Old 09-19-2007, 09:22 PM
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Did the 4X conversion on a '89 ranger (loved the truck and had too much $$$ in it to start with) Spent hours in the wrecking yard, and under the truck. spent a ton of money rebuilding axles, engine. front x-members are usally different between 2X and 4X, meaning custom fabbing is needed. End Result: spent a ton of money for a truck that wasn't really worth much
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