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Old 10-21-2013
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98 2wd 4wd sas conversion

I have a 98 ranger with the 2.5 and 5 speed. Like the tittle says I'm wanting to do a 4wd conversion with a sas. Im not a complete idiot but I'm by no means an offroad guru. I have a few questions I'd like to answer before I jump in this project. I've done some research and I've seen a bunch of people using jeep running gear. Is there a reason I don't see anybody running toyotas? Reason I ask is I know where I can pick up a toyota already on 35s and 4.88 gears pretty cheap. I know it would be cheaper and easier to just fix the yota but I'm pretty attatched to my ranger and I just want to do something with it. I'm also curios which t-case world be best for the job. I know I'm going with a divorced just not sure which is best for me. I don't plan on running anything bigger than 35s. I want to build it to be road worthy and offroad capable but nothing extreme. Any suggestions on a goid suspension setup? Im thinking about runnjng a coil setup but not set on it yet. When it comes to steering I just may be an idiot. Any advice there would be great. Thanks in advance for any help.
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It's been awhile since I've done a lot of research on the subject, but I think Yota axles are Passenger side drop in the front. Ford Axles are Driver side drop, so it requires an all new t-case, which probably requires a new tranny, which probably requires a new engine.

It just makes things more complicated.

Simplest is the Jeep stuff from what I remember.

My take would be just keep reading through SAS build threads. Whatever you are thinking, it's been done and they'll probably have some good info for you as well.
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Yea I jumped the gun. Little on my first post. The toyota stuff is all wrong. Lol. I think I'm going to use a wagoneer d44. As far as the tcase goes my ranger is only 2wd right now. I'm leaning towards a dana 300 tcase to make it work. Now my biggest decision is coils or leafs. And 4.88s or 5.13s.
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Yeah. I'd personally say 4.88 if you want to drive it on the road. 5.13s are steep.

Like I said though, hop over here and look through some of the build threads.

https://www.ranger-forums.com/solid-...hreads-105259/

Just ignore the SniperX103 build since lord knows, I'll never actually finish that thing. :)
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I been reading those. Lol. Some very informative threads. Thats actually where I got the idea for the 5.13s. Outdoorsman is running them on his with 35s and seems to like it. I wont be making any very long trips on the highway with it. Couple hours at very most. Its mainly just a fun ride that I can dive to go hunting and stuff. I need to research the difference in gear ratios between a standard and auto transmission. I feel like the auto will be a little higher. If that's the case I'll have to go with 4.88s.
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digging up my old thread.

I've done a lot of research and I've defiantly used the search function. My problem is this. There isn't much information about doing a 4x4 conversion sas on a 98-2000 single cab with a 2.5 and 5 speed. I know that the best choice for a front axle is a d44 out of a wagoneer but I'm not sure which year range I need. Im also considering a d30 from a newer jeep simply for cost. Its going to be driven often and not strictly a toy. I just want it 4x4. I'm also having a hard time deciding how to make it 4wd since they don't make a 4x4 transmission for my engine. I know I could do a motor and trans swap but I kinda want to keep the 4 banger. I also know I can have a 4wd tail shaft put in my Trans but that would make future repairs a nightmare. Would I have enough room to run a divorced tcase like a Dana 300 considering the truck is so short? Sorry for all the stupid questions but I know you guys have some great knowledge to share. Thanks in advance for any help.
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