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Old 04-23-2006, 02:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1997 GMC Sierra 1500 2WD Convert to 4WD

HI EVERYONE,

I would like to start out by saying I am new to this forum and that I look forward to spending time and gaining knowledge from fellow GM enthusiasts. Let me take this opportunity to describe my love for the off road sport and for the GMC brand in the off road hobby.
I currently have a 1997 2WD GMC 1500 With the 296 C.I. V6 It is a daily work truck as I am in construction. I have made minor modifications but nothing serious. I was planning on doing something serious to the truck this year such as dropping in a 350 and the most major thing is to convert the 2WD to a 4WD. This is why I am here. I wouldn't konw if it is possible to do so and if so how would I go about doing it? Also I am planning on dropping in a 350 V8 once I have the AWD system finished. Now this truck is used heavily off road on construction sites and what not and as my daily commuter truck. When I am finished with it i want it to be the baddest 1500 out there.

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converting to 4x4 is about the easiest think in the entire world. all you need is a For Sale sign.


its to expensive, to labor intensive and not worth the effort.
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I am in the process of sas'ing my 4x2, but mine is a 98 with low miles, an extended cab and I really like the truck, I just needed a 4x4 and knew ifs wouldn't work for me. So far I have the front end hangning and the truck is driveable for now but it's still 4x2, until I can afford to have the driveshafts made, then I'll hang the t-case (divorced 205) and I'll be set. I've done everything I can to save $ on it (besides the oru kit for a 4x4 truck) and still have close to $5500 in it between the kit, springs, axles, t-case, tires and wheels, and driveshafts. plus about 2 weeks of build time and probably close to 3 months of locating parts.
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well for one, i believe you have the 4.3l or 262 ish cubic inch v-6, since thats all chevy used in those years., 350 swap is pretty easy, specially with a doner truck, to make sure you get the right connectors, and what kinda 4wd you lookin for? SFA? IFS but 4wd? plan on spending a couple grand for a sfa, and if you want 4wd ifs, go buy one, wouldnt be worth the hassle in my oppinion, but people tell me taht abuot my sfa 99 nbs........
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well for one, i believe you have the 4.3l or 262 ish cubic inch v-6, since thats all chevy used in those years., 350 swap is pretty easy, specially with a doner truck, to make sure you get the right connectors, and what kinda 4wd you lookin for? SFA? IFS but 4wd? plan on spending a couple grand for a sfa, and if you want 4wd ifs, go buy one, wouldnt be worth the hassle in my oppinion, but people tell me taht abuot my sfa 99 nbs........
Well how expensive are we talking here? I use this vehicle on job sites and I go off roading with it. I would be willing to spend the cash for a good 4wd system besides whats the point in getting a new truck when i already have something to work off of. But like i mentioned earlier how much is expensive?
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How expensive you ask. More than the truck is worth or about the same I would think. At least 2500 bucks unless you just get everything for a deal.

If it was me, just sell your truck and get a 4wd with V-8. Put a locker in the rear and a LS in the front and be done with it.

You want have to wait on anything which you will if you convert and your truck won't be down for a long time since it's you daily work truck.
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The only reason - ONLY REASON - would be if that truck has sooooo much sentimental value that you couldn't give it up if God Himself tried to take it away from you....

If not, don't do it. I'm considering (possibly) doing a HPD44 swap into my '94 2wd, but that truck is priceless to me, and will never leave my hands - ever. If you want a 4x4 work truck/play toy, sell this truck, and purchase one that is has what you want - 350, 4x4, etc.
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I dont get it. I have changed everything on my truck from the engine back. Making custom crossmembers, and custom coil front d60. If my truck had started out as a 2x4, I would of had to do everything I have done to my truck to make it 4x4.

So why is it so hard to make a 4x4 out of a 2x4? I mean, everything that I have put on my 4x4 could easily be put in a 2x4 to make it a 4x4. I must be missing something.

No disrespect intended, just curious.
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Doing a 2wd would result in a solid front axle. You'd already have the desired steering box for crossover steering. Damn, almost have myself talked into it.
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Both 2wd and 4wd have the same steering box and goes the right way for crossover. If you want to do the swap then do it. It's about the same as the 4wd, but will need to lift the rear more, and figure out the t-case. Motor swap can come later down the road, get one thing done first....
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It just boils down to one thing, your skill level. Not to mention the amount of time your truck will be down for the conversion. Plus the amount of money your willing to put into the truck. Anything can be done with the right amount of money but is it really worth it to you !
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I am in the middle of the 4x2 - 4x4 SFA conversion right now. I have a 14FF, Chevy D60, Dodge Div. NP205, 1410 Axle yokes for the drive shafts, 1350 yokes for the intermittent shaft, and much more. I have a little less then $4000 in it so far.

My advice to you would be to use as many factory parts that you can. For example I am using 1996 Tahoe rear springs (54" long) for my fronts, and 73-87 3/4 ton chevy spring hangers from the front of the rear springs to mount the shackle on the my fronts.
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95 gmc sierra 1500

i was wondering what i do with the cross member under the oil pan on my 95 gmc im wanting to do a sfa conversion on it. do i just cut it of and box in the motor monts or what? thanks for the replys
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