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4wd to 2wd conversion

Discussion in 'Seriously Lowered Explorer - Ranger Suspension Tec' started by Hangmans8, March 7, 2010.

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      Today i started my swap. I have read what people think they know about the conversion. but no one i found knows anything. I found a 2wd frame and i'm in the middle of stripping it. if anyone has done it i would like some input.
      my truck is a 94 2dr sport.
       
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      Apparently you havent talked to anyone on here.
      And you have not tried our search. You wouldn't believe the amount of info on this forum, if you just take the time to look.
      As a matter of fact the conversion to a 2WD is covered pretty well (as far as parts needed) in this
      http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=272116
       
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      Apparently you havent read my post 94 explorer.
      most if not all are about 95+
       
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      DOH!
      You are absolutely correct sir, My apologies
       
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      It's the same thing, just a different animal. You basically need the 2wd front ttb and hubs, and the 2wd driveshaft and tail housing. Other than that, there's not much to it.
       
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      if it was that simple i would be done the truck.
      if you install the 2wd i-beams the camber is way out.
      the beam mounts are to tall.
      and to change the axle pivots brackets you have to change the engine cross member, the 4wd cross member is notched for the front diff (right where the 2wd bracket would mount)
      i think i might of bitten off more than i wanted.
       
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      I stripped my 2wd ranger frame.
      I had to buy a right hand spring pocket from ford, it that a rust hole the size of a soft ball.
      monday i remove the engine and start the conversion. the list of new parts is very long.
      Poly bushings
      new 2" lowering coils from canuck motorsports
      poly axle pivots
      brakes
      ball joints
      bearings
      camber adjuster sleeves
      shocks
      steering box
      tie rods
      once the front is lowered and set i can start on the back of the truck.
      the rear is getting panhard bar and air bags
      i hope the conversion goes good
       
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      stripped the 4wd out today.
      monday the point of no return, cutting the crossmenber out.
       
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      WHAT????

      NO NO NO NO NO

      You just change the frame mounts....They BOLT ON. And it is only 1 side that changes...I believe it is the Passenger Side mount for the Drivers Side Beam that changes...

      The Explorer frame IS NOT THE SAME AS THE RANGERS....

      While it is close, it is NOT THE SAME. Just get the parts from a 2WD Explorer. It is a WHOLE LOT EASIER, and IMPOSSIBLE to screw up.

      Ryan
       
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      A 2wd explorers are hard to find in canada. i've seen one in about 5 years. And i worked in a ford auto wrecker.
       
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      They are plentiful here in Washington....and you're not too far away...

      Seriously, you are going about this all wrong. The track width on the Ranger is narrower than the Explorer...

      Ryan
       
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      I know of 3 sitting in wrecking yards RIGHT NOW...I just saw them on Saturday.

      Ryan
       
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      Things that i should have found out the sunday!
      trak width is the same, when its in the explorer.
      it has the same width as the rear.
      the truck is done, the ranger cross member worked.
      once the engine is done it can go in.

      So ryan the axle pivot backets would have been all i needed:eek:
       

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      Yes....The Axle Pivot mount on the Drivers Side, which hold the Passenger Side Beam...that is is one of the only parts needed to do the swap....

      Ryan
       
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      my explorer converts between four wheel drive and two wheel drive at the push of a button. i dont see what the big fuss is all about..


      why would you want to neuter you're truck, anyway?
       
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      But my 2WD gets better mileage, and I have more power to the ground with a dedicated 2WD....besides....that's reason enough to own 2 Explorers.....doesn't everyone have at least 2 Explorers...

      Ryan
       
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      can someone tell me what parts i need to do this conversion......
      98 exploder 4wd to 2wd
       
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      Hi,

      Little late in asking. But, did it turn out ok and how much did it cost.
       
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      Ok I know this is a very old thread but can someone tell me which side is different ?
      I keep finding mixed answers
       

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