Me and my dad are about to go to a YOU PULL IT to get a rear bumper and I need to know what all parts I should look for to do a 4WD conversion? are there things I could use fro my 2WD axles or my t/case??
P.S. is this gonna be expensive???!!!
92 Zuki/235's/1.6(soon)/Still Building
72 fj40/crate 350/33's/discs
Do you need a front end hub to hub,to do your conv.i just heared my buddy talking about get read of one from his parts zuk.I live just out side of Lake City Fl.let me know ill get you a price for it if so.then you could drive up and get it and save the cost of shipping.
Stud, the easiest way to convert is to swap out the complete 4WD frontend from hub to hub. You will also need a 4WD tcase, a front driveshaft, and a tcase shifter and boot. It's easier if you can find a front diff and tcase with 14 mm flanges to match your existing driveshaft flanges. All 1989 and up and some 1988.5 models have the 14mm flanges. It didn't cost me too much to convert mine and it was well worth the effort.
I bought a used tcase with shifter & boot from one of the guys on this board. I used a spare front differential and axle housing I already had along with some of the 2wd front end components, to rebuild the front axle. Costed me $110 for the tcase and $40 for 2 spindles from a wrecking yard. (the 2wd spindles won't work for 4wd because the axle shafts won't fit through the opening) I also needed two lockout hubs because I had no spare hubs at $35 each used.
I replaced all the seals and felts too, since I was virtually rebuilding the front end and didn't want a $3 or $4 seal to cause me to have to tear it back down in another year or two. It probably cost me around $250 all together for the entire conversion. If you have to buy a whole frontend and a tcase it could easily cost quite a bit more, but would not require as much labor. I spent more time rebuilding the frontend and swapping out flanges on the driveshafts I already had than anything else.
Wrecking yard prices are likely to be higher than buying the tcase and front diff from an individual. Your best bet is to find a parts rig for $300-$500 with a good tcase and frontend if you can. You can always use the other spare parts eventually or even sell some to recoup your investment.
Good luck coming up with all the parts needed for less than $250. I'm not saying it can't be done, because I see parts rigs for sale pretty cheap occasionally... but they're usually on the other side of the planet.