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conversion 2wd to 4wd

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by thatguy21, Jul 21, 2022.

  1. Jul 21, 2022 at 4:50 PM
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    El Taco Diablo

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    Just 3 tons of fun!!!

    LMFAO...

    I had no idea on cost going in.

    I did the swap myself.

    I still have no fucking clue how much I spent because I collected the parts for over a year and never added it up.


    And for the record... NO... it's niether easier, nor cheaper to just trade a 2wd for a 4wd. ESPECIALLY if you've done anything (build) to the 2wd.
     
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  2. Jul 21, 2022 at 4:55 PM
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    Just 3 tons of fun!!!
  3. Jul 21, 2022 at 8:48 PM
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    I put together a swap for about 2k within the last couple months. That was with searching for deals but not being too picking on price. I am in the bay area so theres that too. I went manual hubs and and will be doing an output shaft swap since I have a 03.

    If your somewhat mechanically inclined, one added benefit you will get by doing it yourself is getting to know your truck. Its not really rocket science. Like a lot have mentioned theres a lot of info out there.
     
  4. Jul 21, 2022 at 9:52 PM
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    Put your location in your signature/profile so others know where you are in the great United States...
     
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  5. Jul 22, 2022 at 9:05 AM
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    What makes this place less readable is new users asking the same exact question everyday. It's not holier than thou to expect a new user to search or look at the pinned threads. Countless folks have curated the pinned threads over the years to answer this specific question (2wd to 4wd conversion) and many others.

    People have an errant sense of entitlement now-a-days.

    "Just give me what I am looking for, I'm above doing the research myself". F-that.

    "Please give me a list of all the parts I need to lift my truck". No. Figure it out.

    The information is all there, and the tools exist to find the information. Nothing new is being done to these 20+ year old trucks.

    I am more than willing to comment on threads like "I've been looking at all these threads, and I am trying to figure the best option for me". While "best lift- and go" and "please do my homework for me" are just lazy, and deserve to be roasted.
     
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  6. Jul 22, 2022 at 9:44 AM
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    This.

    Kind of funny how I've said some of the same word-for-word to others :rofl:
     
  7. Jul 22, 2022 at 3:22 PM
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  8. Jul 22, 2022 at 3:36 PM
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    yotadude520 That Guy With a 4Runner

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    I've been seeing a lot of these threads so I'm going to follow @Kwikvette's lead and throw it in my sig :thumbsup:
     
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  9. Jul 22, 2022 at 3:38 PM
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    Part numbers or links publicly displayed are a huge help to the community for sure.

    Except my build thread, don't click it...such a waste of time :bananadead:
     
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  10. Jul 22, 2022 at 3:40 PM
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    your list is what I used for the most part.
     
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  11. Jul 22, 2022 at 3:49 PM
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    I concur, I hope the last link will be especially useful... :burp:
     
  12. Jul 22, 2022 at 3:49 PM
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    Glad to hear! Did ya get er' done?
     
  13. Jul 22, 2022 at 4:03 PM
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    bout halfway there. Got diff, hubs, and CVs in this week. Hopefully I’ll find time to deal with trans, tcase, and drive shafts in the next week or 2.
     
  14. Jul 22, 2022 at 4:49 PM
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    Ome 3inch ,rims ,cold air intake ,,4 crawler body lift ,cb in ashtray mod,leds, jet maf,Satoshi grille,led roof bar,yakama roof basket ,smittybilt parts,spare tire mount in hitch ,rago fabrication parts, winch bumper ,winch ,285s on wagon wheels ,traction boards ,hi lift jack,wet oaklies,smittybilt ,bamf bedrack,loads more,TOO MUCH SHIT TO LIST
    By my 3rd gen 4 r ,,everything u need for swap
     
  15. Jul 23, 2022 at 1:11 AM
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    Damn it wasn’t even like that man:( when I’m doing research for my truck I always read this forum and thought it was cool people asked and how many replied, my bad guys I didn’t mean to be “entitled” or get anyone mad I just created an account because I love my taco and I want to learn more.
     
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  16. Jul 23, 2022 at 3:49 PM
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    $700 would be assuming you're practically being given the parts. My budget for it is $2-2.5k when it finally becomes a priority
     
  17. Jul 24, 2022 at 11:32 AM
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    That budget is more than enough.

    Seems that a transmission and transfer case combo are a little hard to come by. They do come up for sale, often, but sometimes it's the logistics that prevents the sale as it can be a chore shipping all that to someone (especially if you've never done it before).

    All the rest can be had easily as spindles come up often, cv axles, front diffs, driveshafts, all of it.
     
  18. Jul 24, 2022 at 11:40 AM
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    Good for you OP. It will be a lot of work but it could be a lot of fun too. Something to be proud of when finished. As someone mentioned earlier, if your not planning to do it yourself and you don't care for the learning process of it you will be much better off selling yours and buying a factory 4wd. I would probably consider finding a donor 4wd truck and making the swap that way.
     
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  19. Jul 24, 2022 at 11:44 AM
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    It can be done for that price if you get lucky at a junkyard, I’d say $1,500 is more reasonable tbh. I think mine was right around $1,800 but I replaced everything while I was there.
     
  20. Jul 24, 2022 at 5:55 PM
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    Don't let all the negative replies bring you down OP. Goes with the project. Expect to spend time searching. Geographical location will definitely play a part in it. Prices have certainly gone up since a few of the others finished their conversions. Research is a huge chunk of the puzzle so feel free to shoot me any q's and I'll try to help out.

    I started putting parts together Jan/Feb '22. Still need to checkmark the drive shaft off the list but everything else is on hand to start the install. Lagging since I'm also addressing multiple other items (trans cooler, ARB bumber refresh + more) before starting the install.

    Like I said, shoot a PM with any q's. Welcome to TW!
    :cheers:
     
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