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2wd to 4wd conversion

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by Derpy Derek, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. Jul 13, 2010 at 4:05 PM
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    Derpy Derek

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    I've been thinking this over for a while now, and I have decided I would like to try and convert my 2wd prerunner into a 4wd truck so I may have more capability off the road. (Planning on going to pismo beach someday)

    I have heard it is an expensive process to do so, but could anyone explain how it would be done and what the cost estimate would be?
     
  2. Jul 13, 2010 at 4:08 PM
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    If you're not planning to make it a hardcore trail machine I would recommend selling your truck and buying a 4x4.
     
  3. Jul 13, 2010 at 4:11 PM
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    You can conquer pismo in your 4x2. Maybe not ALL the hills, but you'll be able to get around no problem. Just gotta know how to drive it on the sand.

    oh and I 2nd what Justin said~~^
     
  4. Jul 13, 2010 at 4:11 PM
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    well you asked for specs..... 06 trd sport speedway blue V-6 4.0 camburg lift spindles extended travel icons total chaos lowers allpro 4" leaf pack 17" xd hoss rims 305/65/17 mickey thompson baja atz Allpro hybrid bumper with 3 kragen HID lights color matched headlights grill craft grill AFE stage 3 CAI wicked flow muffler under cover bed cap inside i have..... wet okole real tree camo seat cover blue oznium dome light stealth sub box with 2 10" kicker comp subs kicker 400 watt amp weathertech floor mats
    well 4x4 trd in all honesty you should have asked if he wanted to make it IFS or straight axle. it would be cheaper making it straigh axle if it aint a 4x4 because you would have paid extra for 4x4 and thrown all that extra away that you paid for..... sorry if you dont understand i barely do
     
  5. Jul 13, 2010 at 4:12 PM
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    You can't put a price on something like this. Some people have hook ups and can get parts cheaper than most and other pay full price. Also can you do the work?

    As said above buy a 4wd truck or do a bit more to your 2wd and learn some offroading techniques.
     
  6. Jul 13, 2010 at 4:14 PM
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    True, that's why I included the "If you're not planning to make it a hardcore trail machine." :D
     
  7. Jul 13, 2010 at 4:16 PM
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    well you asked for specs..... 06 trd sport speedway blue V-6 4.0 camburg lift spindles extended travel icons total chaos lowers allpro 4" leaf pack 17" xd hoss rims 305/65/17 mickey thompson baja atz Allpro hybrid bumper with 3 kragen HID lights color matched headlights grill craft grill AFE stage 3 CAI wicked flow muffler under cover bed cap inside i have..... wet okole real tree camo seat cover blue oznium dome light stealth sub box with 2 10" kicker comp subs kicker 400 watt amp weathertech floor mats
    well not even that it might be still cheaper to do straight axle and stay still kinda small no extreme but we kinda need to know what type of budget and what type of 4x4 swap
     
  8. Jul 13, 2010 at 4:18 PM
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    Just buy a 4wd, I do not think it is worth the time and effort.
     
  9. Jul 13, 2010 at 4:22 PM
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    His truck is an '08. You're telling me that a straight axle swap would be cheaper than selling his 2WD and buying a used '08 4x4?
     
  10. Jul 13, 2010 at 4:23 PM
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    well you asked for specs..... 06 trd sport speedway blue V-6 4.0 camburg lift spindles extended travel icons total chaos lowers allpro 4" leaf pack 17" xd hoss rims 305/65/17 mickey thompson baja atz Allpro hybrid bumper with 3 kragen HID lights color matched headlights grill craft grill AFE stage 3 CAI wicked flow muffler under cover bed cap inside i have..... wet okole real tree camo seat cover blue oznium dome light stealth sub box with 2 10" kicker comp subs kicker 400 watt amp weathertech floor mats
    idk maybe like somebody said above you dont know the kind of people he might know
     
  11. Jul 13, 2010 at 4:27 PM
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    I agree. It really is not a mind numbing conversion provided that you have the right parts. Really just a bolt on conversion, the wrecked 4x4 is a good way to ensure that you have everything you need. This is also way cheaper than going SAS.
     
  12. Jul 13, 2010 at 4:28 PM
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    Somebody you could talk to would be awsumdc. He might be able to give you some insight as to what is included in a task like this.
     
  13. Jul 13, 2010 at 4:30 PM
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    I'd personally buy a sand rail and take it to Prismo.
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  14. Jul 13, 2010 at 4:30 PM
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    i've got a transfer case you can buy! :D

    but yea its basically just a matter of acquiring all the parts yours doesn't have an bolting them on.... parts to include but not limited to... :D transfer case, front driveshaft, front diff, two front cv axles, spindles, hubs, 4wd ecu... not real sure if the prerunners already have all the wiring in place and its just tied up out of the way or if you would have to acquire all that as well.....
     
  15. Jul 13, 2010 at 4:31 PM
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    That or a quad or bike. You can way more fun with a toy than a non long travel truck.
     
  16. Jul 13, 2010 at 4:36 PM
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    Dang, I shoulda thought about this when I picked the truck out. I gotta face the truth that I won't be able to afford all of this. I'm wondering if the best alternative for better traction be to have differential lockers installed since I won't be able to afford the 2wd to 4wd conversion?

    The reason why I'm trying to figure all of this out is because I have a fear of getting bogged in the mud or sand depending upon where I am, so I want to try and get the cheapest and most effective setup to get better traction while off roading anywhere.
     
  17. Jul 13, 2010 at 4:39 PM
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    I am still not convinced that the prerunner and 4x4 spindles are any different so I think you would just need 4x4 hubs and unit bearings
     
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    find someone off rocksolidtoys who still hastheir cvs, mounting hardware, drive lines. then buy a "lefty" marlin crwaler box. no need for the bs wirind and/or finding 4x4 switch, dash panel. much easier. i figure 3k to do the conversion. 2k for crawler box, then someone who has the leftover taco parts. also will need a t case mount for the crawler box. this is going to be my route. either 4x4 long travel taco or solid axle swap
     
  20. Jul 13, 2010 at 4:44 PM
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    There's a few guys over on ttora.com with the 2wd to 4wd conversions. If you're doing the work yourself I say go for it, if you're sending out you'll probably be better off money wise just trading the truck for a 4wd.
     
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