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03 edge 4x4 conversion

Hey everyone, like the title states I am in the process of converting my 03 2wd edge to 4x4. As of right now the 2wd manual transmission is out, the 4wd is lined up and waiting to be bolted in and the rest will follow.

Plans for today include hooking up the transmission, starter etc, hooking up the 1350 manual transfer case and put in the rear drive shaft.

In the next couple weeks (once i find a job to replace my internship that is ending) i will be purchasing manual locking hubs, knuckles, cv's, front axle and front driveshaft. until then it will be 2wd with a tranfer case

Pics will come soon enough, just quit working on it at 2 a.m. and will hopefully finish sometime today
 
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Very nice, can't wait for the pics!
 
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Well the tranny and transfer case went in well but the guy sold me the wrong driveshaft, its about a foot too long so im assuming its for an extended cab. Going to the junkyard to look for a regular cab, does anyone know if an explorer rear ds will work?
 
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Well the tranny and transfer case went in well but the guy sold me the wrong driveshaft, its about a foot too long so im assuming its for an extended cab. Going to the junkyard to look for a regular cab, does anyone know if an explorer rear ds will work?
An Explorer rear shaft will work but it has to be from the explorer sport. The four door explorer rear shafts are too long.
 
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Originally Posted by RazorsEDGE View Post
An Explorer rear shaft will work but it has to be from the explorer sport. The four door explorer rear shafts are too long.
thanks man, i read this after the junk yard but it all worked out....ended up just measuring the length i needed and found a 94 4 door expo and it fits
 
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Well today went smoother than expected, got the tranny and transfer case with rear driveshaft in and it runs just as good as before. It may be a few weeks till i get to the front, but its good to be half way at least
 
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Sweet, I plan to do this in the next few years. Have you already welded in the bracket for the diff?
 
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Sweet, I plan to do this in the next few years. Have you already welded in the bracket for the diff?
i haven't yet, ill probably do that sometime in the next couple weeks... im movin pretty slow on it, but as long as i beat the snow ill be happy
 
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Yeah I hear ya. Do you plan to use the older style set up or the newer live axle? Come to think of it can you use manual locking hubs on the newer ones?
 
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your going to be really happy with the 4x4 especially with the manual transfer case
 
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Well today went smoother than expected, got the tranny and transfer case with rear driveshaft in and it runs just as good as before. It may be a few weeks till i get to the front, but its good to be half way at least
2LO FTW!!! lol.





Keep up on the work.... don't forget pics!!! We loooove pics!!!
 
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hmmmm maybe i should blow my transmission too.....lol
 
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Originally Posted by GI_JO_NATHAN View Post
Yeah I hear ya. Do you plan to use the older style set up or the newer live axle? Come to think of it can you use manual locking hubs on the newer ones?
I've read you can use a 98-99 axle and its not engaged all the time with locking hubs, so i plan on doing that

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your going to be really happy with the 4x4 especially with the manual transfer case
I think so, im pretty excited about it!

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2LO FTW!!! lol.





Keep up on the work.... don't forget pics!!! We loooove pics!!!
Lol Thanks man, ill be working on the pics soon, i hate photobucket it screws up my computer for some reason....but they should be up tonight or tomorrow morning!

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hmmmm maybe i should blow my transmission too.....lol
lol, i didnt blow mine up but i think that plan would give you a reason to do the swap!
 
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Originally Posted by Fx4wannabe01 View Post
2LO FTW!!! lol.





Keep up on the work.... don't forget pics!!! We loooove pics!!!
haha I got dat! I have yet to try it though. i'm scared haha
 
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Lol Thanks man, ill be working on the pics soon, i hate photobucket it screws up my computer for some reason....but they should be up tonight or tomorrow morning!
Photobucket always shyts on me using Internet Explorer. I only use Photobucket on Firefox. It's quite fast compared to Explorer.

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haha I got dat! I have yet to try it though. i'm scared haha
haha...it's fun man. I had it for a long time after my front shaft took a crap after the SL.
 
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I somehow got my old BII stuck in 2 low once a long time ago. Had to drive home 15 miles with it redlining in fifth doing 35mph. Turned out to be a bad ground wire on the shift motor.
 
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Sorry its a little late but onto the pics:
What i started with 2wd manual
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The parts
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T case shifter
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Tranny out
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4x4 tranny and t case plugged in!
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lookin good!
 
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nice!


3.0? And did you replace that slave since you were already in there?
 
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^ Yep its the 3.0, no i probably should have replaced the slave....but ive had no issues so far so i figured if its not broke dont fix it. hopefully im not gonna be kicking myself soon down the road
 
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looks solid! good luck with the front. this is worth a read if you havent already. it goes through some details for the front, incase you were looking for more info. 4x2 to 4x4 - Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest
 
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Originally Posted by 08rangerdan View Post
looks solid! good luck with the front. this is worth a read if you havent already. it goes through some details for the front, incase you were looking for more info. 4x2 to 4x4 - Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest
thanks a lot man, ill have to check it out!
 
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^ Yep its the 3.0, no i probably should have replaced the slave....but ive had no issues so far so i figured if its not broke dont fix it. hopefully im not gonna be kicking myself soon down the road
Got any 2x4's around.... you should knock on wood...


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i know i hope i dont regret it
 
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08rangerdan, that was a good thread to look at thank you.

Didnt get a whole lot farther but cut some holes in the floor and i just need to get a bracket for the boot. Here is my favorite pic so far......twin sticks

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