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Unread 09-15-2009, 11:18 AM   #1
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How can I convert my DJ5F into 4x4?

What is the best loaner jeep to use? I am going to assume a CJ5? I have a 1978 Am Gen DJ5 that I cut off the whole top; looks kinda like a CJ5. It is currently 2wd RHD. I want to keep it RHD but get it to become a 4x4. I have a minimal budget I am looking to use, what is the most effective and cheapest way to go about this converison? I currently have 31's on the truck and cut the fenders so there is clearance. Any and all suggestions would be appreciated. thanks in Advance. PLease PM me the info if possible.

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Unread 09-15-2009, 12:20 PM   #2
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Well to convert you need a transfer case that will mate to your transmission and a complete front axle. The DJ5 will accept all the 4wd parts from the CJ5 as far as I know and the same shoudl be true of the CJ6, 7 & 8 so you have a lot of years to scavenge from.
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Unread 09-15-2009, 12:26 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response, any one else have any ideas?
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Unread 09-15-2009, 12:28 PM   #4
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Back in the mid 90s Four Wheeler did a JEEP FOR CHEAP article series where they did just that. In short, your 78 has a 2 WD TF727 so you will need a 4WD tailhousing or a novak adaptor for a t case like the Dana 300. New front and rear driveshafts will need to be made. The trans pan will need reworking to clear the front driveshaft. The front axle (from a narrow track CJ) will not fit under the engine cradle as is, so it will need to be chopped and reworked to allow clearance. Them theres shifters comming through the floor, etc, etc.
Honestly, dive it around as a fun convertible, but I would sink that time and money into a real CJ. JMO.

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