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Old 10-11-2006
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Lifting a 2WD

The question thats been in the back of my mind forever, is it really worth to lift a 2WD truck?, i know theres a body lift that you can get for it, but i'm not sure if they make a suspension lift for it too.

I'd love to convert my truck to 4x4, anyone have any idea of a what a price range might be for a 97 to do so?

All in all, i just want an idea if i should raise it or bag it. What do you guys think?
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Old 10-11-2006
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If you want 4x4, it'd be cheaper & easier to buy one. Esp a 97.
Second, yeah it's worth lifting a RWD truck! Even if just for the look. But it still definitely adds to the function. There are plenty of 2wd trucks that are lifted. Some wheel them, some don't. I used to wheel mine.
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Old 10-11-2006
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Converting it to 4wd would cost a couple grand and result in a solid axle.
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Old 10-11-2006
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2 wheel drive trucks are awsomw offroad i have won and freakin love it trust me you wont be dissapointed, but you will have a few limits
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Old 10-12-2006
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mines an 03 spindle lift,bl,aal's and 35's im 2wd and i wheel mine.. its great time.. i love mine, 4x4 or 2wd.. dont matter
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Old 10-13-2006
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I do very well with my lifted 4x2 on 35's with a rear locker. Not as good as some 4x4's, but better that some others.

I'm converting mine to a solid front axle 4x4 this spring after my profit sharing check come in. Cost is variable. If you do the work yourself, including rebuilding a salvaged axle, you can do it for around $2000.

However, you must remember that you need a different transmission, or have your transmission converted. The output shaft on the 4x4 and 4x2 transmissions is different because of the transfer case connection. On 4x2's the shaft is quite long and extends to the end of where the transfer case normally sits. On the 4x4 the shaft is considerably shorter and the transfer case occupies the space the "tail cone" takes up on the 4x2 transmission.

Pre-1998 TTB Rangers may be able to use their existing steering box for the SAS (SAS=solid axle swap), however truck like my 2002 IFS Ranger basically throw away everthing but the steering wheel and shaft because a steering box is needed to control a solid axle -- you can't do it with a rack. (People will tell you someone has -- but you wouldn't want to drive their truck for sure).

There are guys doing SAS on their Rangers all over the board. Just search on SAS and you'll find them.

Now, not many do the 4x4 conversion, but here's my reasons:

1. I like my truck.
2. I've done so many mods I don't want to start over.
3. Many of the mods are offroad oriented (like the 31 spline FX4 axle and Auburn ECTED electric locker I swapped into the rear).
4. I'm too lazy and disinclined to start all over with all the mods I've done.
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Old 10-13-2006
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i think its worth it and as soon as i get the rest of the parts i need im gonna lift mine
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