1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

4 wheel drive conversion

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by caleb337, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. Aug 17, 2009 at 8:51 PM
    #1
    caleb337

    caleb337 [OP] Lifted Tacoma

    Joined:
    May 17, 2008
    Member:
    #6711
    Messages:
    89
    Gender:
    Male
    Carencro, Louisiana
    Vehicle:
    6 inch lift on a 05 SR5 TSS
    6 inch Procomp Lift, 35 inch Mud Terrains.
    Hey guys i was wondering if its possible to convert my lifted taco to a 4wd. dont wanna buy a new truck i really like mine i just wanna convert it. Any estimates or suggestions would be appreciated.
     
  2. Aug 17, 2009 at 8:53 PM
    #2
    johnw

    johnw Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 18, 2009
    Member:
    #17381
    Messages:
    7,181
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    john
    orlando florida
    Vehicle:
    06 prerunner v-6 4.0L 4 door
    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
    prerunner i take it?
     
  3. Aug 18, 2009 at 4:28 AM
    #3
    Brunes

    Brunes abides.

    Joined:
    May 31, 2008
    Member:
    #7011
    Messages:
    17,641
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Rotorhead
    DC or New Jersey - Depends on the day....
    Vehicle:
    08 Red/Graphite and Satin Black
    Inside: Tint, Wet Okole 1/2 Piped Red/Black Covers, Black Weathertech Digital Fit Mats, URD Short Throw w/ TWM Weighted Knob, USA Spec iPod adapter. Outside: 4300K Retro w/ Angel Eyes and Red Shrouds, 5000K Blazer Fog Light Retrofit, Debadge, Bed Locking Handle, Satin Black Rims Performance: TRD/Steigmeier Blower w/ 2.7 Pulley. 668 Injectors and 320 LPH AEM Fuel pump. URD UCON and 7th Injector. DTLT Headers, URD Y-Pipe, Wicked Flow Muffler. Suspension: Both: OME Shocks Front: 886X's and TC UCAs Rear: Dakars Armor: Relentless Front Bumper Relentless High Clearance Rear w/ Tire/Rotopax Swing Out Relentless Front, Mid, and TCase skids BAMF Diff Skid Recovery and Spares: Fullsize Spare Tire 2x2 gal Rotopax 1x1 gal Rotopax 1x1 gal Water Rotopax Warn 9.5XP-S Winch Hi-Lift Extreme 60" Ironman Off-Road Recovery Kit
    I think some folks have looked at it and you are in for a few grand in parts. New spindles, all the forward drive line components, and the controls. Then you have to install. IIRC...There are some threads around here somewhere about it.
     
  4. Aug 18, 2009 at 6:02 AM
    #4
    Janster

    Janster Old & Forgetful

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2007
    Member:
    #1138
    Messages:
    14,256
    Gender:
    Female
    First Name:
    Jandy
    Lancaster, PA
    Vehicle:
    2016 GMC Canyon SLT w/ LineX and....
    All I can say is......it'd be a HUGE job, not easy, and not cheap.

    You're far better off trading or selling your current vehicle and buying a 4WD.

    As Brunes already said....(and I'll elaborate).... Not only do you have to buy all the components (t-case, front differential & drive parts (including entire front wheel assembly, etc), but ...you also have to think about how they'll fit in there. Are there extra or different crossmembers that need fitted in, is there different steering rack/etc that fits in there, ALL the wiring, controls to put it in 4WD

    ONE WORD - (and I've never done it, but can only imagine)

    HEADACHE!!
     
  5. Aug 18, 2009 at 6:14 AM
    #5
    drew02a

    drew02a Rocking your mom's world Since 1997

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2009
    Member:
    #13005
    Messages:
    3,179
    Gender:
    Male
    San Antonio, TX
    Vehicle:
    2006 Regular Cab 2.7L 4x4
    It might be easier/ cheaper to do a Solid Axle Swap up front if you're gonna convert.
     
  6. Aug 18, 2009 at 6:19 AM
    #6
    SilverSeven

    SilverSeven Rock Solid Toy

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2008
    Member:
    #10849
    Messages:
    2,590
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jordon
    South Jurzee
    Vehicle:
    6" 35s mud and scratched to shit
    perfect time to sas!
     
  7. Aug 18, 2009 at 6:22 AM
    #7
    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

    Joined:
    May 8, 2008
    Member:
    #6497
    Messages:
    106,158
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    FlimFlubberJAM
    Tenoe, AZ
    Vehicle:
    2013 Rubicon Unlimited,
    4.10 gears, sliders, and lots of buttons.
    Its not that big of a deal. The Prerunner is the same chasis as the 4x4, spindles and all.
    Find a wrecked 4x4, preferably an FJ (so you can have the manual transfercase)
    Swap the tranny, transfercase, front diff, and drive shafts. Everything should bolt right up, and there have been a few people who have dont this on a first gen for $1000.00.
     
  8. Aug 18, 2009 at 7:29 AM
    #8
    Janster

    Janster Old & Forgetful

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2007
    Member:
    #1138
    Messages:
    14,256
    Gender:
    Female
    First Name:
    Jandy
    Lancaster, PA
    Vehicle:
    2016 GMC Canyon SLT w/ LineX and....

    Not a big deal for someone who has access to a full garage with shitloads of tools & equipment and a prior knowledge & experience with doing things like this.

    Which - I might add - if the OP had the knowledge to begin with, he/she probably wouldn't post a message on here asking about it.

    Surely, it can be done....but it's probably more of a pure-ass headache for someone who's just jumping in with two feet, no former knowledge, and lacking tools equipment. Just being realistic. If it were me...screw that...I'd trade it in!!
     
  9. Aug 18, 2009 at 7:32 AM
    #9
    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

    Joined:
    May 8, 2008
    Member:
    #6497
    Messages:
    106,158
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    FlimFlubberJAM
    Tenoe, AZ
    Vehicle:
    2013 Rubicon Unlimited,
    4.10 gears, sliders, and lots of buttons.
    I see your point.
     
  10. Aug 18, 2009 at 4:16 PM
    #10
    bambooshoots

    bambooshoots Be a fountain, not a drain.

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Member:
    #7645
    Messages:
    720
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Kevin
    College Station, TX
    Vehicle:
    2015 Honda Accord Sport
    I did it again. Got tired of paying truck payments and gas and traded in for a 2015 Honda Accord Sport since I enjoyed my 2013 Sport so much.
    There are two threads I know of on TTORA forums (I believe) of people converting to 4WD.
     
  11. Aug 18, 2009 at 7:26 PM
    #11
    caleb337

    caleb337 [OP] Lifted Tacoma

    Joined:
    May 17, 2008
    Member:
    #6711
    Messages:
    89
    Gender:
    Male
    Carencro, Louisiana
    Vehicle:
    6 inch lift on a 05 SR5 TSS
    6 inch Procomp Lift, 35 inch Mud Terrains.
    Well i would have a shop do it, so yeah i cant get a new truck i just want some kind of way to add 4WD to my truck.
     
  12. Aug 18, 2009 at 8:24 PM
    #12
    slick_711

    slick_711 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2009
    Member:
    #20513
    Messages:
    171
    Gender:
    Male
    DFW, TX
    Vehicle:
    '09 TRD Off Road
    Avid light bar w/2x Hella 4000C, Bilstein 5100s, Demello sliders
    If you're paying "a shop" to do it, you probably would be a lot better off trading your truck for a similar (slightly used if you can't afford new) 4x4. I don't know a lot about it, but know a guy that did it, and it cost him a few thousand and he did the work himself.
     
  13. Aug 18, 2009 at 8:26 PM
    #13
    drew02a

    drew02a Rocking your mom's world Since 1997

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2009
    Member:
    #13005
    Messages:
    3,179
    Gender:
    Male
    San Antonio, TX
    Vehicle:
    2006 Regular Cab 2.7L 4x4
    Exactly, there is almost NO way converting your truck to 4wd cheaper than trading.
     
  14. Aug 18, 2009 at 8:37 PM
    #14
    slick_711

    slick_711 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2009
    Member:
    #20513
    Messages:
    171
    Gender:
    Male
    DFW, TX
    Vehicle:
    '09 TRD Off Road
    Avid light bar w/2x Hella 4000C, Bilstein 5100s, Demello sliders
    I don't see how there could be any other way. Too many issues. (Again I'm no mechanic, but thinking logistically). If you have "a shop" do it and they're not friends of yours, I doubt the average shop would be comfortable putting in used parts off a wreck, and they're certainly not going to warranty it. Maybe mechanics don't work the way I think, but it sounds like too much liability for any business? Buying the new parts, or even used parts if you convince someone, and then the labor, would have to be 3k minimum. Find a used 4WD that has a few miles more than yours does and see if you can trade the dealership/seller.
     
  15. Aug 19, 2009 at 6:12 AM
    #15
    Janster

    Janster Old & Forgetful

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2007
    Member:
    #1138
    Messages:
    14,256
    Gender:
    Female
    First Name:
    Jandy
    Lancaster, PA
    Vehicle:
    2016 GMC Canyon SLT w/ LineX and....
    Wow, that's definately gonna hurt ($$$).

    If anything... take your truck to whatever shop and have them give you a quote on it. I'd be curious to know what they say and price it as.

    Then...based on the results, make your own decision whether or not its worth converting or trading.

    If you did go through with the conversion with the shop - make DAMN SURE you get a good warrantee to cover the work. Get papers signed and everything. If their 'work' fails....and you're not covered under some kind of warrantee...you'd be left with forking up the repairs yourself.
     
To Top