I guess you're stuck with a pre-runner, then, eh? :D
My beater Ranger (paid $180 Canadian for it, drove it home, swapped the windshield, and sold the spare parts that came with it for $200) was used as a 2wd pre-runner for several years. Not a single straight panel on it, but it went almost anywhere the 4x4s did, and some places a Cherokee couldn't! All with an open diff, 3.45 gears, no lift, and 30x9.5's on it!