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Old 08-27-2001, 11:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a friend with a 1993 f-150 2wd, what parts should I go for to convert to 4wd? Was ford using ifs then or is a solid front from an earlier fullsize bronco a direct bolt on?
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Old 08-27-2001, 01:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The cheapest way to do it is to buy a four wheel drive truck.
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is that your way of telling me that it is NOT a bolt up procedure? I have a great supplier where I can get parts for next to nothing....but I will only do the job if it is a straight bolt up procedure. What parts should I pull from bronco's or f-150's? What years are best? I want this as straighforeward as possible, and yuor answer really didn't say much. thanks though... <IMG SRC="smilies/rolleyes.gif" border="0">
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Old 08-27-2001, 02:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Don't know bout these new ones (to me 93 is new) but on mine the 2wd didn't have a front crossmember. I'm sure these new ones have different frames as well.
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I vaguely remember reading an article a few years ago about converting a 9? 2wd Ford Lighting to 4wd (I think it was in Peterson's 4W&OR).
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Are the 4wd ver. Box frame or C Channel? Because my 89 2wd Ford truck is C channel. That may cause problems, i dont know.

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I believe the frames are the same, at least I know they are both C channel and not boxed.
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<STRONG>I have a friend with a 1993 f-150 2wd, what parts should I go for to convert to 4wd? Was ford using ifs then or is a solid front from an earlier fullsize bronco a direct bolt on?</STRONG>
my bro just converted his 88 F150 to solid axle, from IFS 4x4, which is basically the same as doing the 4x4 conversion. He used a front end, radius arms, coil springs, steering linkage, and track bar from a 78 bronco, 5.5" superlift springs for a late 70's F150, and a little ingenuity.

He had to fab the top half of the track bar bracket that attaches the track bar to the frame, the coils fit into the stock buckets, the rear shock of the factory dual shocks mounted to the stock shock location on the 78 hardware, the steering linkage bolted to the F150 pitman arm, and the stock radius arm crossmember was removed and relocated back far enough to accept the Bronco radius arms. Seems like your 4x4 stuff would be the same, except you might want to add a dropped pitman arm.

Difference is you will have to either convert the tranny to a 4x4 tranny (either my modifying the 4x2 tranny, or replacing it) or add a divorce mounted transfer case, which would probably be easier.

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For the 2wd 80-96 F-150's and F-250's, it's a bolt-in swap to go from 2wd to 4wd. Basically it involves replacing the beams with the 4x4 axle halves, replacing the tranny with a 4x4 version along with adding a t-case (tranny crossmember is the same), and adding/modifying the driveshafts to fit. A manual t-case would be an easier swap than the electric, just need to cut a hole in the floor for the shifter. Make sure the 4x4 axle halves you put in has the same gearing as your existing rear axle.
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I was thinking of doing the same to my 94 crew cab. Need to find a 44 or 60 with a 8 bolt pattern first.
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For the 2wd 80-96 F-150's and F-250's, it's a bolt-in swap to go from 2wd to 4wd. Basically it involves replacing the beams with the 4x4 axle halves, replacing the tranny with a 4x4 version along with adding a t-case (tranny crossmember is the same), and adding/modifying the driveshafts to fit. A manual t-case would be an easier swap than the electric, just need to cut a hole in the floor for the shifter. Make sure the 4x4 axle halves you put in has the same gearing as your existing rear axle.
I have a 93 f150 2wd and am Wanting to convert also seeming as how I don't have 7 or 8k to spend on a good 4x4 used truck, and I'm sure the junker I'm looking into getting for parts has IFS 4x4 and Was wondering if it would be about the same as a straight axle to install or would it be worse? I just got all new coil springs and buckets for them kinda wanna keep them in the whole idea but i don't know.
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The TTB is a bolt in swap, can do it in a few hours, no mounting of the suspension changes at all. No custom fab, nothing, I'm talking direct bolt in.
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The TTB system may be bolt in, but a straight axle conversion certainly isn't.
Many different threads on this can be found here.
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divorced 205, wouldn't be bolt up, but its doable and your able to keep your tranny if its functioning well.
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The TTB is a bolt in swap, can do it in a few hours, no mounting of the suspension changes at all. No custom fab, nothing, I'm talking direct bolt in.
I feel dumb but what is a TTB?
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TTB stands for twin traction beam which is the factory 4wd front end for this era of truck all you would have to do is find a 4wd truck and pull the components out of it and put in yours such as the steering, suspension and differential along with the transmission and transfercase if you are wanting to keep the stock stuff. I didnt see a point in wasting the time to go that route so I extended my radius arms 16 inches and used joints on the end with custom mounts and built my own steering etc I am not done with all the little stuff like brake lines and drivelines yet but clear 35s on my truck which started out the same as yours a 93 2wd f150 so its easily doable. Here is a pretty good example of a build I used for references on some things. http://www.f150online.com/forums/pre...150-sas-3.html
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I have a 93 f150 2wd and am Wanting to convert also seeming as how I don't have 7 or 8k to spend on a good 4x4 used truck, and I'm sure the junker I'm looking into getting for parts has IFS 4x4 and Was wondering if it would be about the same as a straight axle to install or would it be worse? I just got all new coil springs and buckets for them kinda wanna keep them in the whole idea but i don't know.
way to revive a 9 year old thread lol
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way to revive a 9 year old thread lol
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TTB stands for twin traction beam which is the factory 4wd front end for this era of truck all you would have to do is find a 4wd truck and pull the components out of it and put in yours such as the steering, suspension and differential along with the transmission and transfercase if you are wanting to keep the stock stuff. I didnt see a point in wasting the time to go that route so I extended my radius arms 16 inches and used joints on the end with custom mounts and built my own steering etc I am not done with all the little stuff like brake lines and drivelines yet but clear 35s on my truck which started out the same as yours a 93 2wd f150 so its easily doable. Here is a pretty good example of a build I used for references on some things. http://www.f150online.com/forums/pre...150-sas-3.html
Would a Ford Explorer's front axle work under a f-150 or are they 2 different axles?
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No an explorer axle wont work they are a smaller axle either a 30 or 35 and are to narrow to fit the f150. You can use a bronco axle though
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