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Old 05-15-2011
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2wd IFS?

so i have been looking around, tryig to find out if this has been done reasonably. but taking a 2wd 00 with a 3.0 and a 5 speed and throwing the torsion IFS into the front? But first let me explain befor i get rammed with the negitive forums always throw out.

I got 1 hell of a steal on this truck. 2300, ith 130k. all serviced at my shop not even 100 miles off the service scheduel. its prime. and beuitiful. i had a fulll size brono (1990) i wheeled for a while on 35's. i love the full size's dont get me wrong, but i wanted to build a more capable crawler. now i got the 00 ranger to SAS and get out in the dirt ASAP. but its in really nice shape, and dont wanna destroy it now. i plan on getting another that i wont care is i roll ya know. i love going to the trails, and am a very avid camper. so i figured taking the 00 and making it the vehicle to go on camping trips and all. but i dont want 2wd. Some of you might understand where i am coming from. the other crawler i buy wont be street legal. but i would like to keep the 00 street legal. so im looking into IFS. light lift and 33's. plus i got a 2v 4.6 and a 302 laying around so i'll decide on that later.

Hopfully that decreses the flaming a little bit

my question is has anyone got info on this. it seams straight forward. and finding a full front clip is possible. ive accualkly found 2 at a local u-pull-it. and welding and the actual work part of it isnt a problem, i just like to cover all my ends befor getting into a project. i work for ford. and can get parts very easy.

Any info on this wold be very helpful, and yes, a full write up will be done as well, I MEAN FULL. being i havent found alot, so it'll help future people with this swap
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What is the model of the truck? If it is an edge it can be done and there are threads on it. If it is an XLT it hasn't been done on here to my knowledge.

Here are some threads from swaps.

https://www.ranger-forums.com/showth...light=4wd+swap
https://www.ranger-forums.com/showth...light=4x4+swap
https://www.ranger-forums.com/showth...light=4x4+swap
https://www.ranger-forums.com/showth...light=4x4+swap
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yeah its an 00 xlt with 3.0
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It is and will be the only one done on this and other forumns, ask me how i KNOW, I will be posting pics as soon as the project is over.
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are you currently in the middle of it?
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i dont get the question. you said it yourself a whole front clip of the frame from firewall foreward. that or buy all the crossmembers, brackets, control arms, trans snout, transfer case, front diff, 4x4 comp, and cut the coil buckets and control arms out of your frame and plate it back up and be prepared to custom fab. i realize you got the truck cheap but the money required just in parts and materials would probably put you in a price range of a stock 4x4 truck.
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It might be easier to find a truck at a junkyard that has been rolled but has a straight frame and just swap your body onto it.
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i have concidered both those options, believe me. thats why this question is up here. im not worried about the custom fab part either. the frame idea has been about the easiest idea i could come up with as well. there are a few i have seen at local u-pull-its where i could get a whole front clip fairly affordable. but like i said i put the question up here for feedback from people who might have looked into it more then me.

And its also the fact that there isnt alot of info on it that i could find. "can it be done?" well yeah anything can but i know theres alot of people out there with 2wd dying for a 4wd truck. Money?, every damn thing in the car/truck hobby is expensive. Im hoping this thread turns into a colaboration of ideas. cause theres alot of people on here with alot more time under there trucks that might know differences in these trucks that other people would otherwise never notice untill its got them screwed ya know.

Thats the idea anyway, i mean if the most of you arent down with it, no big deal. i'll just do it and post a write up later
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It might be easier to find a truck at a junkyard that has been rolled but has a straight frame and just swap your body onto it.
That is the best option. Hands down.

You need a 98-03 Ford Ranger 4x4 V6 frame with the same wheel base. All extended cab will work. 2 or 4 door extended cab are compatible. If it's standard cab with 6ft bed that is all you can use, if it's standard cab with 7ft bed that's all you can use.

Cutting the frame in half and welding the front half of a 4x4 frame onto the back half of your current frame is unsafe and unreliable. You would be a danger to yourself and everyone on the road if you drove a welded together vehicle.

You cannot swap the torsion bar suspension onto the frame of a coil spring Ranger. The front half of the frames are setup completely differently, the steering, the mounts, the engine cross member, everything. It's all different, the fabrication work would be overwhelming. By the time you were done you will have more money and time into the project than if you have cut it all off and swapped in 2 D60s.
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The above information is exactly CORRECT :)
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^^^ Thanks! I usually mess up some random piece of information lol
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yeah after doing alot of research i see where everyones coming from here. SAS just seems so much easier. and cheaper. im pickin up a d30 from a cherokee and gonna work off that. unless i find something better in ther meanwhile. just wanna get in the mud again. on my way to work so quick question. 302 and a t5. 35's. what transfer case should i be looking for?
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A D30 and 35's will break all the time if you wheel. Get at least a D44.
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Yeah D30s have to built to be any good wheelin'.

As for transfer case the most common is either BW4406 from an F150 (but it is HUGE and if you have a standard cab 6ft bed it won't fit) or the BW1354M from 90s Rangers. You will need an advanced adapter for it.

Good luck with the build. Go to the SAS threads and 5.0 swap threads and start reading. You will need to immerse yourself in those threads and LEARN UP!
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A D30 and 35's will break all the time if you wheel. Get at least a D44.
I disagree somewhat. People don't give the d30 much credit really. I've not exactly been easy on mine with 35's and its held up great so far. I know its not a good axle for most situations and I wish I had a d44, but saying a d30 with 35s will break all the time if you wheel is simply not true. Of course a lot of that depends on how heavy your foot is.
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I disagree somewhat. People don't give the d30 much credit really. I've not exactly been easy on mine with 35's and its held up great so far. I know its not a good axle for most situations and I wish I had a d44, but saying a d30 with 35s will break all the time if you wheel is simply not true. Of course a lot of that depends on how heavy your foot is.
True! I guess I meant for his application. He is from Jersey and I have been wheeling in Jersey and seen the wheeling in Jersey and it is deep heavy mud. Lots of skinny pedal! lol So for him I don't think it would be good.

But for you and your mall crawling your good haha
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Yeah for mall crawling I don't think there's a better choice.
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Yeah for mall crawling I don't think there's a better choice.
Maybe swap back to 2wd. haha
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