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Old 04-23-2010, 12:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I'm new to the forum, though I've owned my '02 since it was new.

We, unwisely, bought a 2WD Liberty to tow behind our motorhome, no knowing it would've better all around, to get the 4x4 to begin with.

That's water under the bridge now, so I was interested in learning if converting is feasible. I know anything is possible, it just depends on how deep the pocketbook is... is this a bolt in process or does this require extensive fabrication work?

Thanks for any input you might provide.
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You'd be money ahead if you found a 4x4 KJ to trade your 2 wheeler in on.

There's no fabrication...but there's a whooooooooooooooooole lotta work needed.
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IFSJ is the pirate4x4 of liberties.
How sad.
Being likened to the most successful and oldest 4x4 board on Earth?
Yes, how sad.
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You'd be money ahead if you found a 4x4 KJ to trade your 2 wheeler in on.

There's no fabrication...but there's a whooooooooooooooooole lotta work needed.
Arrgh, I was afraid of that. Being retired puts me at a bit of a disadvantage, cash wise...

I thought that maybe it was a case of finding a donor car and swapping the components into mine. Ours is super clean, with only a little over 30,000 miles on it.

Oh well... perhaps I can build a "pre-runner" version... lol
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A prerunner KJ would be wicked

Not saying a 2wd-to-4wd conversion isn't doable...you'd just be better off and money ahead selling the 2 wheeler and picking up a 4x4
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IFSJ is the pirate4x4 of liberties.
How sad.
Being likened to the most successful and oldest 4x4 board on Earth?
Yes, how sad.
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Check out "Long Tall Texan" he has/had a nice 4x2.
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so is the 2wd one fwd or rwd
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The only time you need a 4x4 is when you are seriously off roading in slippery, muddy,snow etc conditions. There is a whole lot more to maintain and worry about when you have an extra front diff and transfer case. Besides you can get your build sheet and see if you have a Trac-Lok (limited slip) rear differential. You be surprised what you can do with a 2 wheel drive and real good AT tires on. Tires are all the difference in the world when it comes to traction. The stock tires (all seasons) are horrible and should be immediately turfed if they are on your rig. I run GoodYear Wrangler SIlent Armor (kevlar Belted) http://www.goodyearwrangler.ca/en/
If you wanted to invest in a good locking rear diff, I think many in here would agree an ARB air locker would be best$ or a DTT (detroit true trac as secondary) that is cheaper.
2WD is Rear wheel Drive.
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The only time you need a 4x4 is when you are seriously off roading in slippery, muddy,snow etc conditions. There is a whole lot more to maintain and worry about when you have an extra front diff and transfer case. Besides you can get your build sheet and see if you have a Trac-Lok (limited slip) rear differential. You be surprised what you can do with a 2 wheel drive and real good AT tires on. Tires are all the difference in the world when it comes to traction. The stock tires (all seasons) are horrible and should be immediately turfed if they are on your rig. I run GoodYear Wrangler SIlent Armor (kevlar Belted) http://www.goodyearwrangler.ca/en/
If you wanted to invest in a good locking rear diff, I think many in here would agree an ARB air locker would be best$ or a DTT (detroit true trac as secondary) that is cheaper.
2WD is Rear wheel Drive.
Detroit TruTrac is not a locker.
Sorry, for ultimate off road giddyupness, you must have a driven front axle and a driven rear axle.
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Being likened to the most successful and oldest 4x4 board on Earth?
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Yep,if it is more than a gravel road.Front axle is needed.
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I have a 4x4 thankfully and steep slopes in mud/snow ya front axle & rear ...4x4 please.
You are right I should have stipulated that Arb was true locker and DTT was what you do when the stock Trash Loc Limited slip breaks..LOL.

Does this Eaton Performance look good for a REAR DTT? (no clutches, wonder if this fits KJ?) Just straight gut swap using 29 spline stock axles? Anyone done one?
http://stores.hi-potek.com/Detail.bok?no=93
I have seen lots of others with clutch packs..this Eaton looks good and no friction modifier too.
If this Eaton does not work what gear driven (no clutches, is the best working for the KJ???) link..Please...
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