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What the hell should I do with this Mazda?!

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Katie I hate to say it but a 4wd swap into a 2wd truck is a TON of work. The truck wasn't built as a 4x4 so it would take a whole lot of work to transform it into one. You just don't have the hardware or bracing set up for a front axle, a 4wd transmission or a transfer case. Not to mention wiring harnesses. Seems like the middle ground here would be to build a truck from the frame up with the equipment you want to run then drop the Mazda body onto it. It's still the same truck, sort of, if you do that.
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Katie I hate to say it but a 4wd swap into a 2wd truck is a TON of work. The truck wasn't built as a 4x4 so it would take a whole lot of work to transform it into one. You just don't have the hardware or bracing set up for a front axle, a 4wd transmission or a transfer case. Not to mention wiring harnesses. Seems like the middle ground here would be to build a truck from the frame up with the equipment you want to run then drop the Mazda body onto it. It's still the same truck, sort of, if you do that.
I know it isn't an easy job, sucks money and time.
Building a truck from the frame up would eat even more money, yes?


I am still thinking about it, I see no need for 4x4 if I have people to help me get unstuck all the time. Maybe I will just make it a snazzy 2wd with Baja Claws in the rear and a locked rear....
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Get a Expo 8.8 and lock it. Then you'll see how far that gets you and decide if you want 4x4. If you do decide you'll have the rear done already.
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I know it isn't an easy job, sucks money and time.
Building a truck from the frame up would eat even more money, yes?


I am still thinking about it, I see no need for 4x4 if I have people to help me get unstuck all the time. Maybe I will just make it a snazzy 2wd with Baja Claws in the rear and a locked rear....
That sounds a little more reasonable. From what I've heard, a 2wd with a locker is just as capable, if not more, than a 4wd with open diffs.
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Depends mostly on the terrain. Do like me!

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That sounds a little more reasonable. From what I've heard, a 2wd with a locker is just as capable, if not more, than a 4wd with open diffs.
We will see
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That sounds a little more reasonable. From what I've heard, a 2wd with a locker is just as capable, if not more, than a 4wd with open diffs.
It depends on what terrain. Hill climbs and rocks the 4x4 will probably win, but in mud and on flat terrain your correct.
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It depends on what terrain. Hill climbs and rocks the 4x4 will probably win, but in mud and on flat terrain your correct.
No hills in Florida, so no worries.
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Katie, your avatar looks HOT!

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That sounds a little more reasonable. From what I've heard, a 2wd with a locker is just as capable, if not more, than a 4wd with open diffs.
aka the old skool griggs rig
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If your going to convert to 4wd then you might as well do a sas........ You already have the coil buckets.
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If your going to convert to 4wd then you might as well do a sas........ You already have the coil buckets.
Yeah, that is what I was going to do.
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Out here with the rocks and hills 4x4 open diffs wins every time over a 2wd locked. I know because I used to have with 4x4 open diffs. Now I'm 4x4 locked rear open front. I tested running a section of trail when I had open diffs in 4x4. No problem. Then when I got my locker I ran the same trail in 2wd locked. I had to beat the truck up to get through. I made it but the truck was getting the crap beat out of it.
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If your going to convert to 4wd then you might as well do a sas........ You already have the coil buckets.
No she doesn't. Her truck is basically an Edge, so she has torsion bars.

Also in her signature it says her t-bars are cranked. lol

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save ur money for a 4x4
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i already told her what todo lol
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No she doesn't. Her truck is basically an Edge, so she has torsion bars.

Also in her signature it says her t-bars are cranked. lol

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opps I didnt even look at her sig.


Well then maby you will have to add those then.
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I like the locked on desert claws idea.
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unless youre going to be doing some serious off roading then theres really no need to get a 4x4 lock the rear and get a winch you'll never get "stuck"
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Dont swap it lock the rear end and decide down the road what you want to do IMO
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