Originally Posted by lifted97ranger
Originally Posted by Lone Ranger 93
I believe the 4wd frame and 2wd frame would be different up front due to the coil spurng/torsion bar setup for those years between 2 and 4 wheel drive models...
even the 2wd models have an a-arm setup for the front end.....the only difference is the torsion bars.....and it is there to hold the diff in place from moving foward and backwards....
Just to clear things up a little.
1) From 98-on, the 2WD XL/XLT frame is completely different from the 4x4 frame in the area of the front suspension. You cannot swap the torsion bar parts to a coil spring frame or vice versa. On the other hand, 2001+ 2WD Edges/Sports have almost the same frame and torsion bar front suspension as Ranger 4x4's.
2) Torsion bars do NOT serve as locators for the front diff. The 98+ diff housing is rubber mounted to the frame and doesn't attach to the torsion bars in any way. A torsion bar (4x4 and Edge) is just another type of spring and it serves the same function as the coil used on 2WD XLs and XLTs.
Going back to the original question, it should be possible to swap a 2WD body onto a 4x4 frame as long as they are both super cabs or both regular cabs. You would also need to swap either the complete dash assembly or possibly the dash harness and modules into the other body to make it work.