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Old 03-28-2009, 08:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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4 wheel drive conversion can it be done.

first time posting and i have to say im very impressed with all the knowledge on this site. i tried finding some info by searching but i really didnt have much luck so here it is. i have a 03 2500 quad cab long bed 2 wheel drive and i have been really considering trying to make it a 4 wheel drive. there is a 05 4x4 that i might be able to use for the parts but im wondering what if anything i would be missing. i have seen on a few different vehicle makes that you can just bolt up the parts to make the swap but i have not found any good information on my situation. i have thought about just buying a new one but i really love this truck and i plan on getting a full ats trans for the swap so it will mate with the transfer case. i guess my question is mostly the wireing. would i get a different wiring harness from the dealer? and would the front coils on a 2 wheel drive work on the 4? any info would be great.

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my guess is that the main harness would be universal. the front springs will need to be changed. good luck with the swap and remember to take pics so you can post the swap on here
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anything is possible depending on how much time and money you are willing to put into it
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Old 03-29-2009, 01:55 AM   #4 (permalink)
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anything is possible if you have a parts truck and the ability I say go for it and post pics.
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i realize the time and money part i guess i will just have to ask some heavy liners at the dealership. i will take pictures and post them up when i do it. anyone know a good place to find a donor truck in arizona?
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Since you have to throw an axle under it, I say put a lift on it and do a cable shifted divorced t-case. I think that would be pretty cool.
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thats what i have been thinking as well. i have been looking at some lift kits and it looks like i will be getting a lot of new front end stuff with the lift, coils and what not. and ideas on a good lift kit or what is one of the better ones to do. im new to lifts so bear with me. but thanks for everyone who has helped
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Since you are kind of starting from scratch, you can suspend the front end how ever you want. You might even consider doing leaf springs. If the stock 4x4 stuff will bolt up, that will will be your best bet though. I have a Superlift and I like it. It has served it's purpose well.

If you do a divorced t-case it will simplify things and open your selection up. But make sure you get an axle with the diff on the same side as the t-case you go with, unless you want to do duel cases.

This sounds like a cool project. I hope it goes well for you.
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