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Old 10-13-2010, 11:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2x4 to 4x4 conversion

hello how are you guys doing. iv been doing some research on converting my truck and most of the stuff im finding people are just saying buy a 4x4. well i say fuck that. i looked at the faqs and there was nothing in there yet. unless im blind wich i tend to be sometimes so give me a heads up please. but anyways i have a 1974 gmc c20 and im going to convert it to 4x4. from my understanding the gm frames for a 4x4 and a 2x4 are the same with all the necisasary holes drilled. if not ill drill my own. the reason im dead set on doing this is i bought my truck for $700 from a family friend before i deployed to afghan and its got more character than most the people i know. so i figured i might aswell make it the way i want instead of buy something else, and insurance will be a little less. i already have a donor truck i plan on getting the trans/transfer, crossmember, driveshafts, spring hangers even though i am going to buy the B-52 kit and shackle reversal from dyi4x.com but i would like to have it just incase, 52s tranny hump/ tunnel for the tcase if its bolt in, if not ill just cut the hole, bumpstops and bracket, shock towers. if there is anything else i could grab from that vehicle that i left out i would appreciat some info. for the rear springs i am going to run 63s. ummm i think thats pretty much it for my parts besides the front axle but for now im just trying to collect the proper parts while i get my info correct about what im going to need. from my understanding my streering box is the more desirable one? i plan on running a dana 60 front axle but if i get a 8 lug 44 for next to nothing for the time being then i will run it until i come across a 60 for the rite price. and being in the military i plan on aquiring some hmmwv wheels to run. anyways i hope i get some good info from you guys and if i get the middle finger pointing me in the rite direction so be it.
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Old 10-14-2010, 07:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Do some research on cross over steering and reusing the 2wd box. You may have mentioned it already, but I have trouble reading things typed like that. My brain skips lines on me.

Don't waste any time with the D44. If the truck is worth building, its worth buying a D60.

What are your plans for the truck once it is built?
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Old 10-14-2010, 05:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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x2 on that d60 unless its guna be a street queen
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Old 10-14-2010, 05:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm in the process of converting an 89 crew cab dually 2wd to a 4wd short box. I used the B-52 kit, 4wd spring hangers for the rear springs, boxed the original 2wd motor mounts as 4wd won't work. Using a divorced case with the 400 that is in it for now, then swapping to a Cummins and a 5-speed.
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Old 10-14-2010, 05:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I couldn't make it past the first few sentences

Heres my 2wd to 4wd conversion thread

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Old 10-14-2010, 08:26 PM   #6 (permalink)
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hahaha. thanks for the info guys. im sorry im a retard when it comes to my writing skills. my plans for the truck are to have it daily driver capable but for the most part rocks and trails up in norcal.... slick rock, rubicon etc... cross over steering is on my list i just didnt mention it. im going to pick it up this weekend and then start collecting parts for the next month or so.
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Old 10-14-2010, 08:31 PM   #7 (permalink)
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ditto on the two words...


wtf was that?

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