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Turn a 4x2 into a 4x4.

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Jrad3110, Dec 4, 2018.

  1. Dec 4, 2018 at 5:27 PM
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    Jrad3110

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    I have a 2019 Toyota Tacoma and I'm trying to convert it to a 4x4. I love my truck, but as time goes on I wish I purchased it with 4x4. It is possible to convert it to 4x4. I know i would need a transfer case, hubs and a front drive shaft. What else am i missing and are there any guides to do such a thing ?
     
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  2. Dec 4, 2018 at 5:29 PM
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    M1Awolf

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    It would be cheaper to take the hit on trading it for a 4X4 off the lot,you might as well get the M/T as well so you won't regret getting an auto ;)
     
  3. Dec 4, 2018 at 5:29 PM
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    Chasespeed

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    Anything is possible with enough money.

    That said, if you want 4wd, go get a 4wd. Itll cost a fortune to try to convert. It may not even work with the computer controlling everything.
     
  4. Dec 4, 2018 at 5:29 PM
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    TacoRated

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    If you use the Google search option, you’ll find some info. I suspect most people will recommend selling your truck and getting a 4x4. It just doesn’t appear to be worth the time or money.
     
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  5. Dec 4, 2018 at 5:30 PM
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    Gunshot-6A

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    Transfer case, hubs, spindles, CV axles, front driveshaft, probably different ring and pinion, all the wiring and switches for the dash, maybe a new ECU?

    I think someone did it on a second gen, but honestly, I'd just trade it in and buy a 4x4
     
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  6. Dec 4, 2018 at 5:30 PM
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    RushT

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    It can probably be done, but at near the cost of a swap for another 19, particularly with end of year coming. That’s my guess. I’ll bet it’s 2-3k at least to buy and install the hardware. Then you’re driving a brand new vehicle sold as a 4x2, titled as a 4x2, and functionally a 4x4. Hard to balance the insurance and resale value on that.
     
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  7. Dec 4, 2018 at 5:30 PM
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    machspeed

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    Unless you plan to make a solid front axle offroad rock crawler with a HD transfer case and parts etc. you would be far better off trading your vehicle.

    I have seen it done on a fairly new Colorado, but it involved the guy buying a crashed truck for parts. Too many pieces involved.
     
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  8. Dec 4, 2018 at 5:30 PM
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  10. Dec 4, 2018 at 5:35 PM
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    rblalliance

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    Like others have said here. Trade it and get a new one with 4WD. This happened to me and I waited a year to trade my truck in. I ended up with $5k of equity on my old truck that I used as a deposit on the new truck.
     
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  11. Dec 4, 2018 at 5:38 PM
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    I’m not gonna be a nay sayers like everyone else. I’ll just ask some questions.

    1. Are you mechanically inclined? Are you comfortable pulling a transmission?

    2. Do you want the install to be factory level? Are you ok doing a custom job?

    3. How long do you plan on keeping the truck? Do you really need 4wd? How often do you think you’ll use it?

    I’ve done a 4x4 swap on a 2nd gen. It’s not terrible financially if you can do the work yourself. It’s also not that technically hard either. Most of the parts bolt right in.
     
  12. Dec 4, 2018 at 5:40 PM
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    Trade in for 4wd, end thread.
     
  13. Dec 4, 2018 at 5:41 PM
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    StayinStock

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    1st gens are easy to convert...it's all just a bolt on process pretty much. 2nd gens were more complicated as you needed to fabricate and weld a cross member to the frame, not sure but I'm betting 3rd gens probably require that as well. Plus there's more electronics to worry about. If you aren't mechanically inclined to do it all yourself then it would be much better to just trade it in and take the hit...Defintely cheaper that way because a finding a shop to do it for you will be difficult and very expensive. Plus, you could kiss whatever warranties you have on that brand new 2019 goodbye
     
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    Dude I bet you don’t even need 4x4 just enjoy your badass truck the way it is. Trade it in when you need a 4x4. You’re not going to convert a 2019 to a 4x4. Not only will it cost more than trading in for a 4x4 but you will also fuck up all the warranties and resale value by doing a hack job on a brand new truck
     
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    If one were to do this on a 3rd gen, may as well go all out and SAS it instead.
     
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    Like, so many.
    Another vote for trading it in. You’ll take a small hit, but if your afford it you’ll be happy.
    If you can’t afford, I suggest living with it as is. It’s a great truck.
     
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    How much time has gone by since you bought it?
     
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    Definitely a new ecu, different wheel sensors, different gearing for the riffs, and a automatic disconnecting differential, not to mention a different dash to get the right lights.
     
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