four wheel conversion - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource


Drivetrain Tech General discussion of drivetrain for the Ford Ranger.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 03-17-2008
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: loxahatchee,Fl
Posts: 2
Icon4 four wheel conversion

i just bought a 1997 ranger and im converting it to four wheel drive, will the i-beams off of a 1991 ranger bolt up or will i have to swap th crossmember four the motor and use those brackets?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 03-17-2008
TireIron's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Methuen, MA
Posts: 790
you will need to swap the entire 4x4 engine crossmember into the truck for the 4x4 beams to actually bolt up.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-17-2008
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Riverview, Fl
Posts: 1,340
It might be easier to do a SAS.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-18-2008
n3elz's Avatar
RF Veteran
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Kennett Square, PA
Posts: 10,620
I'd SAS it. Since your 1997 is coils anyway and has a steering box, it's a little bit easier. I'm just finishing off my 4x4 conversion an my 2002 4x2 Edge by SAS'ing it and it's a lot of trouble on the later trucks -- not that a SAS or conversion is ever trivial, lol.

Last edited by n3elz; 03-18-2008 at 08:52 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-18-2008
lifted97ranger's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Charlestown, IN
Posts: 1
easier to put a solid front axle underneith it.....
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-18-2008
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: loxahatchee,Fl
Posts: 2
yea i was looking at a dana 44 straight axle out of a 70 bronco would that do alright or is there a better way
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-18-2008
lifted97ranger's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Charlestown, IN
Posts: 1
the only problem with the early Bronco Dana 44's is they are low pinion axle.....anything over about 8" of lift on a Ranger will put bad pinion angles on the driveshaft......

i would get a late '70s F-150 Dana 44 and have it cut down 5.5" off the passanger side to match the track width of a Ranger......
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Four wheel drive hubs bearing replacement squrll Drivetrain Tech 5 11-14-2009 06:37 PM
Four Wheel Low Stuck... mattp0718 Drivetrain Tech 15 07-26-2009 03:43 AM
Four Wheel Drive FX4BFT02 4.0L OHV & SOHC V6 Tech 14 02-07-2008 12:09 AM
four wheel drive ?'s Downey Drivetrain Tech 27 12-07-2007 04:01 PM
four wheel drive chris_w_2008 General Ford Ranger Discussion 11 10-13-2007 09:13 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:32 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.