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Old 08-08-2009
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converting 2wd to 4wd

Hello everyone. I am about to buy a 2wd 1987 ranger with the 2.9 v6. what I want to know is how hard is it to convert a 2wd of that year to 4wd?
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if you really want a 4x4 then i'd hold out and save some more money and shop around for one. it would be cheaper to buy a 4x4 than to convert one over. unless you had alot of free parts and more time than most of us do.
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its not worth doing unless your trying to build it a certain way you want it. if all you want is 4x4 then getting a different truck is the best option. i wanted to do the same thing but at this point i've seen alot of trucks and learned alot and i see buying a 4x4 would be better than making one for the kind of stuff i do. but hey that doesnt stop me from lifting my truck and playing off road a little bit.
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what kind of stuff do you do with your 2WD when off road?
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i say get it and sas it. it would be an easy swap
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ill do anything except deep water/ruts/mud. ill climb hils, trails, ride in wash outs, creeks. i know my limits on what can break stuff or make me bottom out real bad. i just use a little common sense and bring friends when theres something new to try. honestly a 2wd doesnt do bad off road but its not for deep mud or rock climbing and all that stuff which is obvious.

4x4 would be nice but i dont have to have it. i still have fun.
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i say get it and sas it. it would be an easy swap
true. IF you can get all the parts and install them yourself.
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i say get it and sas it. it would be an easy swap
How so?

You still have to get a trans, t case, drive shafts, bezel, switch, and thats all I can remember.

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Get a 4wd.
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How so?

You still have to get a trans, t case, drive shafts, bezel, switch, and thats all I can remember.

OR

Get a 4wd.

why would u need the bezel or a switch? itd be going in to a 80's model truck.. no need for all that crap.. just get your self a manual t-case and be done with it. Big2003viper, go have a look through the build threads, theres tons of info in there on how to convert over to 4wd, maybe not for ur specific truck..but it may help out a lot.


prolly could find a used 80's 4wd drive train for pretty cheap. along with the drive shafts. can find them at a junk yard.
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If you go with the TTB Axle setup then you need to replace the cross member, it can be done, I have a friend that did it but as said above the D44 SAS is the way to go in your case.

The cross member in a 2 WD is not as deep as on a 4x4 and doesn't interfere with the D44 Housing as a 4x4 with moderate lift.
The SAS on a 2WD chassis can stick to 6" and not worry about hitting the cross member.

Go D44 straight axle with Coil and shock or the Coil-Over shock, get some of the Duff Radius Arms with the bends in them and away you go.

Of course you still all of the go stuff mentioned above.

Luck,
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