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Unread 07-27-2009, 09:36 PM   #1
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2 wheel drive swap to 4 wheel drive

What all do you have to do to convert one from 2 to 4 wheel drive ..
I have a good 1998 2 wheel drive grand cherokee and can't find a 4 wheel drive to buy ..I've seen several wrecked or blown motor ones ..
Tell me what I have to swap over ...thanks

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Unread 07-27-2009, 09:37 PM   #2
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It is not worth it .... you would be better off just buying a 4WD.
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Unread 07-27-2009, 09:38 PM   #3
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front axle, tranfer case, drive shafts, tail cone of the transmission, shift linkages are the main things.

You are probally better off trying to finding a 4wd jeep and buying it
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Unread 07-27-2009, 10:13 PM   #4
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4 by swap

Well that's what I thought But I've been looking for one with a messed up motor ..that what I did on my 2wheel drive ..I had overheated an busted the head .. I got it for $275.00 after all was said I now have $1100.00 in it But it's been a good one..Get 16.5 mpg starts every time and air is cold ..will freeze you out ..Of course the radio might get 3 stations on a good day ..That a jeep thing so I've been told. Great tires ..
....I been looking for a 4x4 to get .I'd rather fix one than swap my motor into the next one because I hate to disable mine ..I feel I can sell my 2 wheel drive after I get a 4by going ..
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Unread 08-05-2009, 09:14 PM   #5
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I've been thinking about trying to do the same thing myself. Say you don't want to sell your jeep and just want to upgrade it to a 4x4, it could be done without blowing something up? Also, would the display on the dash work if you just plugged it in, or would you have to do more to it?
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Unread 08-05-2009, 09:38 PM   #6
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To swap to 4x4 will cost more than a 4x4 GC. Sell the 4x2 and put the money towards a 4x4.
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Unread 08-05-2009, 10:02 PM   #7
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Could you put the display in a 2x4 and have it work though?
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Unread 08-05-2009, 11:57 PM   #8
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Could you put the display in a 2x4 and have it work though?
Yes, but really, the conversion will cost you more than buying a working 4x4 Jeep. If anything, buy the 4x4, and swap over everything you've done to customize yours, because that's what you're going to do anyway when you give up about halfway through converting yours to 4 wheel drive.
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Unread 08-06-2009, 12:01 AM   #9
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I thought it would probably be more expensive, i just wasn't sure if it could be done. It's more of something i'd like to do if i could get the money for it, but also i want to put the vehicle info thing in my 2x4. I grabbed one from the junk yard but i think it got screwed up when they wrecked that jeep. Guess Ill find another one somewhere and see if it'll work. Thanks for the help though!
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Unread 08-08-2009, 10:58 AM   #10
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Your best bet is to find a 4x4 with blown motor or something and use your 2x4 as the donar vehicle. By the time you finish converting yours over you'll kick yourself in the butt when you tally up the money and hours involved.
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Unread 08-08-2009, 11:07 AM   #11
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All that work and $$$ and in the end you have something you could have just bought. It does not make much sense.
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Unread 08-02-2010, 09:05 PM   #12
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That what I was thinking but one of the techs at old work kept telling me it was easy to do. I was like you guys sell the 4x2 and get a 4x4 .. But man I've not found a 4x4 yet .. One sunday I drove to Dallas to pick one up .. For $750.00 Electrial problems .. When I got in BAD SIDE OF bIG D... BFE .. Guy tells me it's not there been stolen .. Ya right .... Just have not found a 2nd good one. For the Bucks.
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Unread 08-02-2010, 09:10 PM   #13
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I'd convert a 2wd into a 4x4 only if I was planning on putting in an Atlas and swapping in aftermarket axles. Won't make sense to convert a stock 2wd into a stock 4x4.
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Unread 08-02-2010, 09:38 PM   #14
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Youve survived a full year without 4x4, do you really need it?



On a side note, I think its hilarious how you picked up right in the middle of a year old convo and didnt miss a beat
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