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2wd to 4wd

ok i have my 94 ranger 2wd 4cylinder 5spd i wanted to kn0w if its possible to switch it to 4wd and what id need to do it im a mechanic and ive heard of it done but never attepted it
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you basically need another truck and just start swapping....
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well like tranny transfer case drill a hole for the stick to go from 2 to 4wd but what else
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its a lot of work but it can be done
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hmm ok i think i wanna attempt it. but i need a list on what i need
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Go get a ranger 4x4 thats wrecked and, use the transmission and, Transfer Case and, front diff and, crossmembers.
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do you think a 89 ranger 4x4 5spd manual same as mine exept mine is a 94 do you think that would work
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I'll come up with a list on what you need.
it going to be a lot.
give me a day or 2.
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hmm ok i think i wanna attempt it. but i need a list on what i need
New frame

To my knowledge a 4wd tcase doesnt bolt up to your transmission so a engine/transmission swap is in order.

Complete front suspension.

Various wiring harnesses for the 4wd. Plus any switch if your going to electric tcase.


Basically a donor truck that has been rolled is a good place to start.

Realistically its cheaper and easier to sell your 2wd and buy a 4wd.


Another route is to keep your truck and do an SAS conversion. Still your going to need a engine swap. As the I4 doesn't have the torque your going to need.
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you have a Third generation ranger. i would stick with the 1993-1997 rangers
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hmm
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There is no way you could do this on your own and not have it cost more then buying another truck with 4x4.

Your easiest and cheapest option would be installing a solid axle, which would still require a new axle. Either a conversion to leaf springs, or 2 or 4 link control arms. then you will need a front drive shafr, transfer case (manual), rear drive shaft, and possibly a new transmission. Not to mention that the 4 cyl will be a little under powered for 4x4.
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ok, for an exact list to swap the TTB front end under your truck lets start...

first you will need a 4wd 4-cyl transmission and a transfercase (manual t-case would save a ton of hasstle) you need the different transmission because the t-case will not bolt up to the 2wd tranny.

you will of course need both front beams and the radius arms and the front driveshaft. however the hardest part is the front beams WILL NOT bolt in place of the 2wd I-beams...

you will need the entire engine crossmember from a 4x4 ranger. these are normally welded in from the factory so you would need to CAREFULLY cut the old crossmember out (after removing the engine and the 4wd beams) without damageing it, clean it up, CAREFULLY cut your crossmember out (again after removing the engine) without damageing your frame, align the 4wd crossmember properly and weld it to the frame with good quality welds...

on a positive note the springs and shocks and steering linkages on the 2wd will work with the 4x4 stuff.
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