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4x4 to 4x2

yes i know it sounds insane since everyone on here is tryin to get their 4x2 to 4x4 but where i live now i dont need it and with gas as high as it is i need all the help i can get, so my question is will 4x2 components swap over to the 4x4......for example i want to get the fabtech lift spindles and replace them with my 4x4 spindles and take out the entire front axle and then later on get a 4x2 tranny and rebuild it and swap the trannys out? will it work?
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you wouldn't gain any fuel milage, so why not juse sell your truck and buy one that is a 4 banger? Not to mention that you will decrease the value of your truck...
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I'll trade you! Seriously, if it will work which I'm pretty sure it will I'll trade the front suspensions with you. You would have to find a 2wd 4.0 tranny though I think.
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yeah sounds alot easier to just trade your truck in.
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true it wont gain much milage but it will make it lighter and take less rolling resistance up front so technically it should help a bit...i think
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I believe the cost of the work would be far greater than the mileage increase that you may see.
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if you were local i would trade suspensions in a heartbeat
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yea plus i wanna lift my truck but i dont wanna spend 2 grand for a 4x4 lift, but would it work?
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yea plus i wanna lift my truck but i dont wanna spend 2 grand for a 4x4 lift, but would it work?
yep you will need spindles and brake rotors... and a 2wd transmission and driveshaft
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Do what I did park the 4x4 and buy a old 4 bagger beater to drive to work and back.
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if you lift it your guna be right back were you started lifting a truck kills the gas mileage so i dont understand what your thinking is.
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trade you. lol. cheaper to just sell it and buy a 2wd.
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true it wont gain much milage but it will make it lighter and take less rolling resistance up front so technically it should help a bit...i think
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i wanna lift my truck but i dont wanna spend 2 grand for a 4x4 lift, but would it work?
I think I am following what you are asking. I considered the same thing at one point. You don't need 4x4, you want it lifted, and $300 for spindles sounds better than 2k. If you remove the differential, drive shaft, and cvs you will loose some weight and the resistance of turning them all of the time. I wouldn't expect MPGs to get any better if you go with bigger tires though.

From what I understand it should work. Lift spindles should bolt right on. They have stubs so you don't have to worry about cv's. You should be alright with your stock tranny and no drive shaft. Take a look at this thread.

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...veshaft+remove


I say go for it. You can do it in a day. Keep all of the stock parts. If you change your mind or decide to sell put the 2wd spindles on ebay and take her back to stock.
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