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2011 2WD to 4WD Conversion.

So, a couple of buddies and I started the conversion on my 2011 superduty. It's been pretty interesting figuring out what fits and what doesn't. Things were a little more complicated since we were installing a 4.5" lift kit at the same time.

I sourced a completed 2012 F350 front diff from the salvage yard with matching gear ratio. It came complete including radius arms. All I had to add were my own calipers, which are the same on 2wd/4wd.

I will be installing a manual transfer case with shifter for ease of installation. We've just completed the axle swap, and will be starting the transfer case/shifter assembly in a few months; mainly because it's Effn HOT!

Firstly, once you remove the twin I beam suspension and brackets, everything from the 4wd front suspension bolts in. The big difference is the spring buckets have to be swapped for 4wd versions. These are a pita to get off, and takes alot of grinding and air chiseling of the factory rivets which hold the buckets on the frame.

I ordered The 2 buckets and 2 coil spring isolators from Lakeland Ford; as they were the cheapest price online.

Qty Product # Price EA
2 Spring insulator. Upper bracket insulator. 5C3Z5415AA $40.98
1 Upper bracket BC3Z5A306B $130.77
1 Upper bracket 7C3Z5A306BR $119.39



Once the 2wd buckets were removed I used grade 8 1/2" bolts with washers to reassemble the buckets to the frame. All the appropriate holes are in the frame already. Just use an impact to crank them down tight. The track bar gets bolted to the frame as well using grade 8 bolts. One of the bolts is shared with the bottom 2 bolts on the spring buckets.

The ABS sensor harness is the same; and as mentioned before so are the brake calipers. The brake lines are different on 4wd, but we were able to use the stock 2wd front brake lines with my 4.5" lift. All I had to make was custom mounting brackets. I don't think you would have to change anything doing a non lift kit conversion.
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The rear was the same as a 4wd model with the exception of having to remove my rear sway bar till I get longer links.
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First 4x2 to 4x4 swap I've heard of on this generation of truck. Curious to see if you get it all together. The manual transfer case would be the simplest if anyone were to swap, so good choice there. Keep us posted.
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First 4x2 to 4x4 swap I've heard of on this generation of truck. Curious to see if you get it all together. The manual transfer case would be the simplest if anyone were to swap, so good choice there. Keep us posted.
Yes, I didn't want to mess with all the harness and vacuum stuff, plus I like the look of having a shifter.
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Good afternoon, I was looking at your post and I’m looking to do the same conversion.
I’ve ordered a complete front axle from a 2011 F250 with matching gears ratio as my rear. What other steering parts and suspension parts did you need to complete your project. Any info would be greatly appreciated sir.
Oh and mine is a 2011 F250 Lariat 6.2L 4 door.
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Good afternoon, I was looking at your post and Iím looking to do the same conversion.
Iíve ordered a complete front axle from a 2011 F250 with matching gears ratio as my rear. What other steering parts and suspension parts did you need to complete your project. Any info would be greatly appreciated sir.
Oh and mine is a 2011 F250 Lariat 6.2L 4 door.
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Track bar bracket, radius arms, coils, complete steering linkage(track bar, draglink and pitman arm.), Front driveshaft, 4wd transmission, transfer case.
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Thank you for you quick response Sootie!
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I am doing the same on my 2010 f350 dually,did you have to have the pcm flashed for the 4x4 stuff to work?
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I am doing the same on my 2010 f350 dually,did you have to have the pcm flashed for the 4x4 stuff to work?
No. Especially if you are using a manual transfer case.
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I used the auto transfer case,hopefully i wont have to re flash. i did replace the hubs with warn manual ones
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