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98 Explorer Sport 2wd to 4wd?

Discussion in 'Offroad Drivelines' started by csuskaterboy, May 10, 2005.

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  1. csuskaterboy

    csuskaterboy New Member

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    Hello:

    Someone told me that the 98 Explorer Sport 2WD and 4WD are on the same frame and to convert a 2wd to a 4wd is practically just a part swap. Does anyone know if this is true?

    If it is is, I can easily get a donor vehicle for the parts as my roomie works in a junk yard and sees them often (not sure what he means by that).

    Also is the process something that can be done in a summer? I would trade for a 4wd but this was my first car and I love it. Been the best car I've owned.

    Thanks

    Michael

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    5-Speed Manual Transmission, 4.0L OHV
    All mechanical items are stock.
     
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  3. section525

    section525 sextion525 Elite Explorer Moderator Emeritus

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    Yes. You wouldn't even have to change out the suspension components. Just swap in the front differential, half shafts, knuckles, driveshafts, and a transfer case. The hardest part will be the transmission. I'm sure they made 4WD manual tranny Explorers.. but I think they're pretty rare. Easiest would be to get a 98-01 4WD manual Explorer with a manual shift tcase in it. Then it would be simply bolting parts in. You can do an Auto shift tcase but it would be a little more work.
     
  4. Adam012985

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    Hey, I am deffinatly interested in this topic, and could be quite helpful, as i own a 99 Explorer 2wd as well as a 96 Exploder 4X4 Both are five speed manual.
     
  5. Explorerallday08

    Explorerallday08 New Member

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    can the same be done with a 95 2wd explorer just swich parts from same year 4x4 one ? If so what years explorer can i use? For the parts? Thanks
     
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    shame your not close by, I have a 98 sport 4x4 that im scrapping lol.
     

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