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Old 04-19-2007, 02:00 PM   #1
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2wd to 4wd conversion

OK i've been thinkin about this for a while i've got a 1988 Chevy S-10 2wd 5-speed with a 2.5 4cyl. standard cab and i was hoping to be able to convert it to 4wd and im not totally sure about how to do this or if it is even possible so if anyone can help it would be appreciated.

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Old 04-19-2007, 04:08 PM   #2
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Re: 2wd to 4wd conversion

Quote: Originally Posted by 88_chevy_s-10
OK i've been thinkin about this for a while i've got a 1988 Chevy S-10 2wd 5-speed with a 2.5 4cyl. standard cab and i was hoping to be able to convert it to 4wd and im not totally sure about how to do this or if it is even possible so if anyone can help it would be appreciated.

Thanks Mike

search around there are many threads here about that...
I think it would be cheaper to just trade in your truck on a 4x4...
Old 04-19-2007, 04:39 PM   #3
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Re: 2wd to 4wd conversion

It would be cheaper to take your body off, and put it on a 4x4 frame. The only real economical way to make a 2wd 4x4, is to engineer your own suspension and do a solid axle conversion. It's how I'm going about making my 2wd Sonoma into a 4x4, same with many solid axle swappers unhappy with 2wd.
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Re: 2wd to 4wd conversion

2wd and 4wd have different frames.
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Re: 2wd to 4wd conversion

Quote: Originally Posted by Rinkrat456
It would be cheaper to take your body off, and put it on a 4x4 frame. The only real economical way to make a 2wd 4x4, is to engineer your own suspension and do a solid axle conversion. It's how I'm going about making my 2wd Sonoma into a 4x4, same with many solid axle swappers unhappy with 2wd.


i got an 89 4x4 s10 blazer with a rebuilt 4.3 ill sell for $1000. you will have way more than that in parts when youre done.
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i got an 89 4x4 s10 blazer with a rebuilt 4.3 ill sell for $1000. you will have way more than that in parts when youre done.
My point exactly
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Re: 2wd to 4wd conversion

Like already stated, if the body and everything else is mechanically sound; do a SFA swap.
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2wd s10's are optimal for a sfa swap because the spring pockets are already there for coils!

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Re: 2wd to 4wd conversion

Please excuse an ignorant noob, but what is an SFA swap?

I have a 2WD extended cab with a really really sick, but still running 2.8L (200,000 miles) and need (read that "want") a 4X4, but because of children have to keep the extended cab. Have access to several regular cab 4X4's but just found out here that that is a no-go.

We've had this truck since almost new and dearly love it, and the body is perfect, although it could use paint. You guys reckon I oughta just keep hunting for a wrecked or rusty extended cab 4X4, and then just swap the cab and bed?

this is a 1992....any ideas what years will work?

Sorry this was so long and thanks in advance for any help!

Joe
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Re: 2wd to 4wd conversion

SFA is strait front axle.
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Re: 2wd to 4wd conversion

SFA = Solid Front Axle, same idea though

SAS = Solid Axle Swap

not to be a dick just for reference
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Re: 2wd to 4wd conversion

Quote: Originally Posted by Snafu Pimp
2wd s10's are optimal for a sfa swap because the spring pockets are already there for coils!
Rink,
Are you using the spring pockets to mount coils for your front axle??
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Old 05-11-2007, 11:59 PM   #13
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Re: 2wd to 4wd conversion

Spring pockets? Never heard of those. Did you mean Spring buckets or something?
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