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Has anyone ever done an all-wheel drive Ranger?

Just wondering if this has ever been attempted by anyone.
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ive heard some members talk about it, but that is it.

mpg is an issue with alot of people. AWD isnt something thatis suppose to be in the same sentence as mpg. lol

but with the transfercase from an explorer it could be done.
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AWD isnt something that is suppose to be in the same sentence as mpg. lol

Good point. lol
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Still though...it would be bad ***....I would LOVE to have it...
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awd sucks! ill take 4wd any day...
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^ im with gil on this one. if i had a rally car that i raced i would want awd but not my truck.
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Its been done. Using the drivetrain of a AWD exploder
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I thought about it once for when i put a 5.0 out of an explorer in... i could have had an engine, transmission, and AWD transfer case for about $1200... but when i went back they were already gone...

like said above, i would rather have 4WD...
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WRX + Sawzall + welder + Ranger. Hell yeah.
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i think if i lived up north where it snowed and got ice on the road, i would probably make the swap. but other than that, i think it would kinda be a waste.
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I've seriously been thinking about this myself. Isn't the diff out of the late model AWD Explorers lockable? Meaning you'd have available AWD (full-time 4WD) or 4WD (part-time 4WD), depending on t-case setting, al-a the 'Rovers and high(er) end Jeeps. Perfect!

Is the Explorer t-case worth a damn? From what I can tell the AWD Ex uses the BW4405 case.. which is described on TRS as:
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Works like a BW1354 but also houses a transfer case clutch. This clutch , which is controlled by the generic control module (GCM), enables the vehicle to be driven in 4wd on dry pavement. It also has a dealer installed Neutral (N) position mode.
My guess is that the need for the GCM bit probably would not make it too desirable. That and that it is a clutch operated AWD system.. I'd rather have a 'full-time 4WD' system w/ a real center differential. ... Then again, it held up to a V8!

Would the NP203 be usable? I thought I heard it was used in Ford applications.. (full-size pickups maybe?!) TRS doesn't list any details about this case. Is it even lockable?

If not, what about a Jeep system? Selec-trac or quadra-whatever-the-hell-they-call-it? They use the NV242 case, no? Others too if I read the Wikipedia entry right.


On ORR there was/is a decent convo going about getting a Torsen for the Ranger's front end into the mass market. How rockin' would that be, an AWD Ranger w/ Torsens at both axles that could still be locked into full-time 4WD?!
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it wouldnt be rockin at all IMO, the thing about AWD is that it does its "differentiating" in the tcase, meaning something breaks lose, it sends more power to the front or rear accordingly.

4wd gives all power to all wheels at all times when engaged. comparable to a locker of a differential.

maybe if youre just a street pounder thats only worried about snow, maybe the AWD would be a decent idea, but for ANY offroad applications (to be more specific, those of the non "rallying" kind if you want to call that offroading), 4WD definately definately trumps AWD...


also, have you ever heard of torque steer? buddy had it on his ZJ with all time 4wd and it sucked. not to mention, I had a lot easier time wheeling than him...
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it wouldnt be rockin at all IMO, the thing about AWD is that it does its "differentiating" in the tcase, meaning something breaks lose, it sends more power to the front or rear accordingly.

4wd gives all power to all wheels at all times when engaged. comparable to a locker of a differential.
Add that to the fact that the Ex AWD T/C is a single speed unit that doesn't have low range.
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I'm lost. Aren't most of these AWD t-cases lockable? Meaning you can lock into 'part-time 4WD'.. which is effectively what we have already. If that's the case, what is lost? You have full-time 4WD/AWD for street/snow use.. then toss a lever and lock the center diff to have part-time 4WD for off-road use. I've got a friend w/ a late 90's Jeep Grand Cherokee and it works quite well for him. Does the Ex AWD t-case not support this locked, part-time 4WD setting? Does adding the lockable center diff make the case even weaker than our BW cases already are? Where's the downside?
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Add that to the fact that the Ex AWD T/C is a single speed unit that doesn't have low range.
Ah ha! Well that certianly deep sixes that idea.. This is the BW4404 or BW4405 I take it.

So what about a Jeep t-case? Like the NV242. Or maybe a 'Rover t-case?
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Does adding the lockable center diff make the case even weaker than our BW cases already are?
whoa, whoa whoa, WEAK?!?!?

where did you get that info?!?!



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So what about a Jeep t-case? Like the NV242. Or maybe a 'Rover t-case?
if you really want, but i will guarantee it most likely wont bolt up and if youre up for and expensive machined adapter, go for it
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Well, relatively speaking. I thought it was fairly commonly thought that the BW cases we use were not the strongest things known to man.. not the weakest either.. but.

What I'm getting at is this: Is the AWD case from the explorer a turd? And if so, why?

Sounds to me like the answer is yes, because it lacks low-range.
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turd upon what basis i guess you should ask.

the only real problem with the 1354s/1350s are the sh*tty electric shift motors. otherwise I think they are pretty stout cases for a stock application. sure theyre no ATLAS, but if any factory case was, atlas wouldnt exist.

the only major problem with the 1350/54s are the chain drive but failure in that area is usually more of a maintenance problem.

I have no worries about doing a 1350/1354 doubler...
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4 wheel steering>all wheel drive
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I was looking at this yellow edge that was on ebay. It was built for a SEMA show. It had an AWD Explorer drivetrain with a 4.6 V8. It was also an auto to manual swap.
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4 wheel steering>all wheel drive
what does 4 wheel steering have to do with anything?!?!?!

4 wheel steering on the road would suck BTW...
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what does 4 wheel steering have to do with anything?!?!?!

4 wheel steering on the road would suck BTW...
doesnt suck on the Denali we been doin at the shop
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maybe not OEM four wheel steer, but WTF does it have to do with this anyway???
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it has to do with those bumpers you "build"
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it has to do with those bumpers you "build"
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