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i must say i have the 373 rear end and i can smoke my tires as well. Even with 30x9.5 inch all terrain tires
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so does any one no of a kit to convert a 4x2 to a 4x4?
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no kits as far as i know of. best bet is to find a wrecked 4wd and use those parts.

u could also do a solid axle swap but then u would need so many parts. best bet is to buy a 4wd truck. wish it was easier...
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ya i didnt think anyone made a kit, but i was still hoping....
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don't know what to do in this tread... and saw it.. so... here goes:

2004 4x2 with 4.10 open-diff. Soon to add LS (in a month of so) and that's it.. um... running stock
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Wade, did you remove the body lift?
no i will not remove the BL lol ...it was a PITA for the people who put it on for me to remove it .....Thanks for the compiment John....only things i plan on doing now are 33's,Perunner fender,Powerdome Hood,Edge Front Bumper,and maybe a roll pan
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so does any one no of a kit to convert a 4x2 to a 4x4?
You need a different transmission tailpiece, from what I understand (maybe not on a manual, but for SURE on an automatic). Then there is the electronic control unit, and it has to interface with your PCM (though that can be bypassed) and so forth.

You can do it with JY parts, but it is NOT trivial. Driveshafts, transfer case, cross member, transmission mods, front spindles and all. I take it you have coil springs in the front? The 4x4's from 1998 on have torsion bar front suspensions and you would probably need to convert to that.

That's if you "keep it simple" (lol) and do it like a stock truck.

If you do a straight axle swap, theres some engineering involved and you need someone with experience, or good plans from somewhere to do it right.

By the way, don't congratulate yourself TOO much for being able to smoke the tires on a light rear-ended pickup with a manual transmission. Now, getting the rear to hook-up, that's impressive, lol!

I've never seen a manual pickup that couldn't smoke the rear tires if you were willing to abuse it that way.
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no i will not remove the BL lol ...it was a PITA for the people who put it on for me to remove it...
Yea I worked a$$ out to get that done...
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at least we (me and Jdiddy G) agree on something...nothing is impressive about roasting tires in a truck...
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heh.....i think N3elz wants a 4x4 ...
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aww did i hit a nerve? oh well, its the truth. we had an 83 escort with the 1900CC 4 pot and it barely had the power to turn the tires but went like a tank in the snow. same in ur case, ur truck doesnt have the higher power to spin the tires like a 4.ho would.

another case, sarahs ranger sucks in the snow because it has to much power. now mine is like urs, underpowered but enough to get myself though the snow good. so calm ur whiney *** down,

My 3.0 has no problem spinning in the snow, but my tires help me out when that happens. BUT I do see you're point, I knwo where you are coming from, but I think you came at it the wrong way, so he got defensive.
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heh.....i think N3elz wants a 4x4 ...
Ya' think?
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i don't think it would be to hard to make my ranger 4x4... get a dana44 up front an 8.8 for the back an NP205 for the t case and i think some company makes adapters for ford for the Np205...and good friends at the junk yard!
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...again, again and again...

haha, you can do a lot offroad in a 4x2, especially with M/T's and a locker. I have started to change my interests in offroading, before i thought the coolest thing was mud, but i like the off camber, climbing things, etc better now. Less to clean up and require more thinking then "floor it" If I had a beater 80's fullsize with uber leaf springs atop my solid front with a big v8 and 37"+ swampers, then sure, i'd hit the pits, but this rig is going to be hitting more trails then slop. Oh and the winch is here and pretty much assembled on the carrier. I just have to get the battery, after i find out what is making that noise...and fix that

4x2's dont belong in dredge pits...and 2 4x2's don't make a 4x4 :)
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...and 2 4x2's don't make a 4x4 :)
AMEN! Preach it, Brother!
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so does any one no of a kit to convert a 4x2 to a 4x4?
I was speaking to John about this on.. Friday? Saturday?

I saw an FX4 LVL2 that lost its Keister in a local boneyard. The bed and rear axle were shagged beyone repair. The front half was fine. Has a SOHC engine , Transfer case, tranny... whole engine compartment...

I was offered what was left for a very reasonable price so I figured I would pass the info along to John. ' Having the Facilities and Time ' were his biggest concerns.

I gave it some thought.. Its not just doing an engine swap ( my usual ) , Its a very big process of running more then half a drivetrain. Would take quite a while even having a couple people help. You still have a lot to graft to the frame, a lot of orginizing of what WAS there to what WILL BE there...

I once thought of finding an AWD exploder and doing such a swap.. now.. I think it would be easire to just swap bodies and forget all the fab work. It would be easier to just sell what ya have and buy a 4x4.

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What's a very reasonable price? Cause for the right price I'd volunteer a perfecly functional and intact LII. It's even got the highly coveted manual t-case..
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ya i think i will just sell and buy a 4x4,...................................so does anyone want to buy a 99 ranger?
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By the way, don't congratulate yourself TOO much for being able to smoke the tires on a light rear-ended pickup with a manual transmission. Now, getting the rear to hook-up, that's impressive, lol!

We i have an automatic and i wasnt trying to act like a hard ***. I was just backing up Redneckstone because someone said he couldnt spin his tires in the snow and i have the same rear end as him
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lol! Well, you'd be surprised how much talk there is about smoking the tires on pickups like it was a big deal or something. I see what you were getting at though.
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so i hear the word pre runner alot. what exactually do they mean when they said i have a pre runner ranger?
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Pre-runners are a class of desert trucks (usually) designed to go hard and fast across long distances in the desert. They are often only 2WD (and preferred) because a 2WD suspension can be "built" to take the INCREDIBLE pounding pre-runners take.

Search on the internet and you'll find a TON of stuff on pre-runners -- there are many designs out there. More than we can possibly share in here, for sure.
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so i hear the word pre runner alot. what exactually do they mean when they said i have a pre runner ranger?

Go to Dezert Rangers for some good info
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