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post #1 of 19 Old 02-09-2014, 06:40 AM Thread Starter
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Lift my 4x2, or buy a 4.4?

I just started thinking about this today...I have an early 99 7.3 (mods in the sig) that is a red rear-wheel drive, and while the body is in "okay" shape (minimal rust but the bed needs replacing, the powertrain seems to be just fine. the Odo reads 206,xxx miles. Starts quickly every morning, and no codes thrown.

I have a few questions;

1. How much could I probably sell my truck for? I paid $4500 for it, because the owner likely knew that the HPOP was about to go out.

2. Should I keep my 4x2 and buy the Fabtech 6" lift kit for it? I do not pull anything; I haul in the bed multiple times a month, and that's about it.

3. Should I sell my 4x2 and buy a 4x4? I want liftability, and some decent offroadability, should the need arise.

Is a 4x4 really worth it? I'd just like to think about it before throwing money into tires and a lift. I'm thinking about doing a bedliner before selling, though.

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There is nothing wrong with a lifted 2wd. You just have to ask yourself if not having 4x4 is too much of a deal breaker for you.
For where I live and where I take the truck hunting it's not an option to have a 2wd truck. But where you live, a decent set of tires on a 2wd may be all that's needed.

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I love finally having my truck back... that 7.3 dog that I was driving was just not cutting it.
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I was talking to a friend about it today, and he said "Imagine lifting a 2wd as trying to make a fish climb a tree...neither really make sense".

I may be moving back up to michigan within the next few years, and I am a bit tired of getting stuck in muddy parking lots!

I have thought a lot, and I'm starting to think I'd like to have the bite to backup the bark, so I will probably save my pennies and look into a 4x4 in about a year. I would personally love to have a 2005 KR f250. It's always been my dream truck. And yes...I would be prepared to face the daily frustrations that a 6.0 owner may face.

Thanks Joel! Always helpful

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lifting a 2wd, is kind of like buying a prius and installing NO2.
yes 4wd is worth every penny.
ive done a lot of mods on lifted 2wd trucks, and they are great, for jumping, that's about it.
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good info! Haha, I'm easily convinced that 4x4 is the way to go

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, and I am a bit tired of getting stuck in muddy parking lots!
this should have answered your own question for ya!

I have considered taking my 71 f250 and installing a divorced transfer, and a new set of axles. however it was my fathers truck, and I decided to leave it stock..ish.
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The 71 F250 thing reminded me of a truck I saw in Washington...a 73 F250 dually, with--get this-- a 7.3 powerstroke. I bout peed maself when I saw it.

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im in the final stages of lifting my 63' ranchero.
71 IH chassis, with 3/4 ton running gear, 345 and a 4 speed.
sitting on 35's
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I would like to formally request a write up of this project!

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I bought a 63 ranchero for 500 bux, sight unseen.
got it home and saw that the floorboards and front of the uni body were rusted out beyond repair.

so, I gutted the bad metal, used a junk truck extended cab floor for the new floor in the ranchero.

I had a really beat up 71 IH travelall 4100D series. d-44's front and rear.
345 ci v-8 and a 4 speed. with a NP205 divorced transfer case.

I chopped 11" out of the frame, junked the 1/2 ton axles, and used chevy 3/4 ton d-44 front with corp. 14 in the rear.

I mounted the complete ranchero on the frame and made body mounts to bolt it, but again, I think im going to separate the bed from the cab. gonna be a lot of work

used some 4 x 4 x 3/16" steel box tubing to replace the front crossmember and to support the front leaf spring mounts.
the rest of the leafspring mounts still need to be done, however I think im going to 4 link and coil spring this project. im still in the pondering stages.

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