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Old 10-10-2018, 04:58 PM   #1
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how dumb of a idea is this?

I've been thinking about finding a wrecked or blown up 4x4 to convert my rear wheel drive truck.

Logically one would think that all the parts would bolt up... As long as you found a 03-07 truck to pull what your need from.

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Old 10-10-2018, 05:03 PM   #2
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The frt axle 4link brackets are welded to the frame, along with other things like the track bar bracket. Anything's possible but in no way a bolt on deal.
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Old 10-10-2018, 05:28 PM   #3
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The frt axle 4link brackets are welded to the frame, along with other things like the track bar bracket. Anything's possible but in no way a bolt on deal.

welding is easy...
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It can be done. Trans would need to be swapped or at least the tail shaft. All the brackets would need torched off and welded on. Shifter for the transfer case mounted to the floor. I think the cross member is the same. It can be done but for the money to buy something then swap it all over, you could just buy another truck that 4x4 already but that's just me.
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Old 10-10-2018, 07:25 PM   #5
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I converted mine to 4wd, but the GM frame / suspension makes it a tad easier. I was WAY ahead on money over just buying a 4wd truck (even with having a harness made for electric shift tcase). I'd say go for it. Manual tcase would be even easier.
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how dumb of a idea is this?

A GM 4wd swap would be easier being itís IFS to IFS. Dodge is IFS to solid axle. To the original question, you had better have a set of factory service manuals to reference dimensions from. Being able to cut off the brackets from the donor frame and weld on to your /we frame will be a chore. If you were making a trail rig, I could see the justification. A daily driven truck or anything of the sort thatís going down the highway, not so much.

Like Disturbed mentioned, find you a 4wd platform and swap your powertrain over. Much easier task to accomplish. And youíll have all the brackets in the factory location. Iíve done a cab swap on a 3rd gen. Itís a good bit of work but much easier than what you are describing.
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Buddy of mine did it on a 04 and had no problem's turned out Pretty Sweet like you said Welding is EASY . he DD this thing for about 6 yr's and then sold it .
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Just takes time and a little work.

If you are close to Ohio, I have a 2006 Hemi parts truck I'd really like to part ways with. (I just needed the motor and rear axle out of it)
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It can be done. Trans would need to be swapped or at least the tail shaft. All the brackets would need torched off and welded on. Shifter for the transfer case mounted to the floor. I think the cross member is the same. It can be done but for the money to buy something then swap it all over, you could just buy another truck that 4x4 already but that's just me.
If he didn't want to mess with a tail section and output shaft, what would be the downside to leaving the T-Case and just not tossing the front driveshaft on? It wouldn't be bad for a two wheel drive low for towing heavy in a parking lot, or going into neutral for towing?

Just added weight.
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What's the intended ride height?

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If he didn't want to mess with a tail section and output shaft, what would be the downside to leaving the T-Case and just not tossing the front driveshaft on? It wouldn't be bad for a two wheel drive low for towing heavy in a parking lot, or going into neutral for towing?

Just added weight.
Lost me on that one?
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What I figured I would do is find a wrecked 03-07 5.9 4x4 with manual transfer case.

pull off all the parts i needed off that truck. rebuild front axle, transfer case, trans. then put it all back together. if i need to CNC new brakets.

I have always wanted 24.5 under my truck but with 24.5 you can not get a low profile tire so i'd need to have the rims machined to 24 to get a tire that would fit with out a huge lift kit.

I know its not going to be easy.
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