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#1 Old 07-29-2010, 02:56 AM
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1993 Toyota Convert 2WD to 4WD?

I have a 1993 Toyota SR5 V6 5-Spd fully loaded 2WD with 46K miles that I inherited from my 90 year old father in-law. I really want it to be a 4WD. How can I make that happen? I'm willing to spend some money to make that happen. Can I buy a cheap 89-95 4WD, throw its engine and body away and put my engine and body on the frame to get a 4WD? I'm open to ideas. Thanks!
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Can I buy a cheap 89-95 4WD, throw its engine and body away and put my engine and body on the frame to get a 4WD?
Sure, that'll work.

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Sure, that'll work.
Not worth the effort or money. Sell it and buy a 4x4.

OR

Spend the money and have an electric locker installed and turn it into a nice pre-runner.

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sas would be the easiest way besides your swap that you already posted.

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Being in SoCa the Baja/Pre-runner would be better anyway. IMHO

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Not worth the effort or money. Sell it and buy a 4x4.
Not to you maybe, but since he said
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I'm willing to spend some money to make that happen.
It might be to him.

It was worth it to me to put a new frame under my 83, and that was a lot more work.

The OP has a really nice truck and wants to keep it. It's not likely he'll find a used 4WD in that good condition and low mileage.

The other option would be converting it.

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a solid axle would be far easier in the long run than swapping engines and bodies over ..

I'd honestly long travel the shit out of it if I were you..

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Not to you maybe, but since he said It might be to him.

It was worth it to me to put a new frame under my 83, and that was a lot more work.

The OP has a really nice truck and wants to keep it. It's not likely he'll find a used 4WD in that good condition and low mileage.

The other option would be converting it.
You may be right, but I'm just not quite sure the OP realizes how much money this would cost, particularly if he doesn't have the tools, time, and/or skills to do it himself. And judging by his initial post, if he's asking us for guidance he doesn't have 2 of those 3 things.
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Another option, keep the 2WD as a daily driver and by a beatup old 4WD for cheap to wheel.

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building a decent "prerunner" (hate that term) will cost as much if not more then to do a solid axle conversion. the sas might take longer though.
and there are lots of places to use a crawler in southern cali, ever hear of king of the hammers?

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Being in SoCa the Baja/Pre-runner would be better anyway. IMHO
Why do you say that? you dont think we have anything to crawl here? about a two hour drive from him theres hundreds of miles of mountains and desert to cruise.

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I say long travel front suspension...




or be like me and.... nevermind, he wanted a 4wd not a slammed yota

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vs..





imo.. long travel is more fun..

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HONESTLY



If I had the money and wasn't a 15 year old when I got my truck.... I would've had my truck in a long travel setup.

i'd still have the 4wd fenders. I'd probably run a nice beefy tube slider front bumper. sliders. rear slider. 31's or 33's.

But i think a long travel xcab would be so sexy. DSMahon's the closest to what my dream offroad rig would look like.

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oh, so thats what long travel looks like

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