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2001 2wd to 4wd any ideas?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by stout87k5, Mar 10, 2007.

  1. stout87k5

    stout87k5 Registered Member

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    so ive got a 2001 gmc 2wd ext. cab im thinking about converting to 4wd, 2wd just dont cut in the snow. im thinking its got a 4l80e bolted to my 4.8 just have not crawled under to check yet.would i have to change trans? would my 208 from my 87 jimmy bolt to the 4l80e?or would i have find a 4wd version?any one done this conversion before? please post up any ideas or feel free to correct me on the type of tranny i might have.
     
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    any ideas?
     
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    I have seen new Chevy vans converted to 4x4. they use a driver drop t-case, and driver drop (f*rd) solid axel.
     
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    i was hoping to keep it cheap by using my ten bolt and 208. well short of cheap
     
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    Well you have a 2x4 trans. I think you would have to swap out the output shaft to bolt on a t-case. Thats $! I'm really not sure, Don't mess with auto's that much.
     
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    I would say find a donor trans/t-case. Prob. the easy way to go.
     
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    what about 700r4 think it would bolt to my 4.8?
     
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    Didn't they change the bell bolt pattern alittle? I forget. I try not to touch my 03 sierra, too new. LOL
     
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    I wouldn't bother in converting such a new truck. I would trade it in for a 4x4 truck of the similar year and mileage with similar options, or maybe upgrade a few...

    You should have no problem finding a newer truck like the one you have in 4x4.
     
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    not sure about the bolt pattern i would have to look.i try not mess with the 01 to much ether, i got my jimmy for ''gitten my wrench on '' but i like the truck ive got dont want trade it in
     
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    If you have to ask the question don't waste your time. The money you will spend on the conversion will far exceede the cost to sell your truck and buy a similar 4X4. I've seen several butcher jobs that were never right after finished - driveline issues, steering geometery problems you name it. Or keep the 2wd and get an older 4 wheeler you won't mind getting dirty and getting out to play with:laugh:
     
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    plus i like the solid axle over that new junk.i was also wondering if a shackle flip would work on my rear leafsprings?
     
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    What he said. 4x4 conversions aren't cheap or easy on GM's.
     
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    why not a divorce t case then u just a a solid axle up front and a front and rear shaft and keep ur trans, there are 3 trucks runin around town with the sa in front and one is runin the divorce and its bad, 454 with like 8 inches and 39.5 boggers, its not hard to do the sa front, many write ups on this all over the mags
     
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    im thinking its got a 4l80e bolted to my 4.8 just have not crawled under to check yet

    What you are asking is not the easiest thing to do right, even for people who have the knowledge and the right tools to do the job. Judging from what you said, I think you should sell what you have and buy a 4x4, or pay someone with experience with this kind of swap to do the job.
    Just my two cents.
     
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    you have a 4L60E if you have a 4.8L. the 4L80E came behind the 6.0L. the easiest way to convert your truck to 4wd is to trade it in on a 4wd.
     

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