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  1. #1
    S-10 Driver
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    Jul 2008
    west virginia

    2wd to 4wd conversion?

    found a good deal on a 97 ranger but its 2wd. we already have a 4wd ranger that has a rusted frame. is it possible to convert the97 to 4wd using the components from our 95 4wd? how much work would it be if it is possible.
    thanks guys and sorry if its in the wrong section

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    Resident Septuagenarian Ponyguy's Avatar
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    Mar 2005
    Oswego, IL
    Anything is possible, given enough money and effort. Whether it's advisable is a totally different matter.
    The conversion you suggest could be done, but it would hardly be worth the effort and time involved.
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    Senior Member RangerFan's Avatar
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    Jul 2001
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    Im sure you could do it, but if I was going to do it that way, Id take the transmission/transfer case and put it in the 2wd truck, but I would find a solid axle to swap in the front instead of the stock TTB out of the other Ranger.

    It would probably be easier to use a solid axle rather than the TTB also because you could just use leaf springs.
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    Mike BluRanger8's Avatar
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    Jul 2001
    Toss that idea out of your mind immediately, unless you decide to do a solid axle front end. The frames are different. You'd have to weld in the 4wd crossmember. Its a massive pain in the butt.
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    WarFighter 95bravo's Avatar
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    Dec 2003
    richmond ky
    I recall someone doing it before, but cant find the thread. I recall they said it was more trouble than it was worth. I would love to convert mine.




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