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Old 05-17-2005, 05:37 PM   #1
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2 wheel to 4 wheel drive.

I have a'98 S10 and was toying around with the idea of converting it to 4 wheel drive. Is the frame the same on a 2 wheel drive as a 4 wheel drive truck? If I was to find a used axle and spring set up, would it bolt up to my frame. I relize I might have to change the idler and pitman arm also. The trans. or gear box can come later. I'm a diesel truck mechanic so I'm not new to suspension issues. I'm Just wondering if anyone has done this before.
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Old 05-17-2005, 06:19 PM   #2
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Re: 2 wheel to 4 wheel drive.

Way more work than it is worth, find a 4x4 frame if that is what you want.
The 2x is a compleatly different front suspension, mounting points, mounts for the front diff. type of front springs ( yours are coil, 4x is torsion ) actually the frame from the cowl forward is compleatly different.
Old 05-17-2005, 06:19 PM   #3
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Re: 2 wheel to 4 wheel drive.

Well, the "easiest" way to make a 2wd S-10 into a 4wd using other 4wd S-10 parts is gonna be to swap frames. See, the whole front half of the frame for a 4wd S-10 is totally different; suspension mounting points, crossmember design, etc. So simply getting a 4wd S-10 T-case and front diff isn't gonna work without tons of fabbing work.

If you could find a 4wd chassis and running gear of the same body configuration, it would work and you'd just have to swap over the front clip, cab, box, etc from your truck.

Otherwise, your only other option is a solid axle swap. And there's been plenty of people who've done that, there's a section in the "Liftin It" forum for SFA (solid front axle) conversions here: http://www.s10forum.com/forum/f221/solid-axle-thread-68267/
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Re: 2 wheel to 4 wheel drive.

Thanks for the info. I had a feeling the frame was differant but I just didn't know. A frame swap is out of the question. This truck is just in too good shape for all that.
Old 05-18-2005, 04:12 PM   #5
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Re: 2 wheel to 4 wheel drive.

Yea definately not worth the cash. Once you factor in the frame, front and rear axles, driveshafts, transfer case, steering components, new leafs and coils, shocks, it adds up to more than a 4x4 s-10 would be complete. Just be content or find another truck
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Re: 2 wheel to 4 wheel drive.

Quote: Originally Posted by DanMan2k06
Yea definately not worth the cash. Once you factor in the frame, front and rear axles, driveshafts, transfer case, steering components, new leafs and coils, shocks, it adds up to more than a 4x4 s-10 would be complete. Just be content or find another truck
Actually 4x4's dont use coils, they use torsion bars.. But I agree with what yer saying. Also the ECM would need changed as well as the engine harness, the body harness would have to be changed, and all the tiny parts that have to be added with the big parts. The only way to do it at a reasonable cost would to buy a wreck and hope the frame is ok..
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Re: 2 wheel to 4 wheel drive.

I have a 99 2 door blazer LT1 that i want to convert to 2 wheel drive, if anyone has a 2 wheel drive frame from a 2 door i would be willing to swap. Full rolling frame W/axels + suspension.
Old 06-08-2005, 11:04 PM   #8
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Re: 2 wheel to 4 wheel drive.

I just got done putting my S-10 4x2 on a 4x4 frame about 6 months ago. Really no issues with that swap other than having to cut a hole in the floor for a shifter, which if you got a later model 4x4 frame(which you would prolly have to), you would prolly have electronic 4WD. The frame harness bolted right up to my distribution block with no issues. Theres only a few wires here and there that were out of place, but were easy to hook up.
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Re: 2 wheel to 4 wheel drive.

sfa on coils would be the way to go..........
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