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A few question an new Chevy truck

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by CHEVY 4WD, Aug 27, 2004.

  1. CHEVY 4WD

    CHEVY 4WD 1/2 ton status

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    These question are for a 99+ 2WD Chevrolet 1500 style truck
    Will a NP 208 fit on the back of the 4L60E
    How much are the frame rails in the front differnt from a 2wd and 4wd
    and has anyone EVER seen a SFA done on a 2WD of around that year truck?
     
  2. pauly383

    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    All the SFA swaps I see on the streets here ( yet to see one wheeling /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif ) use the existing case , and a drivers side pumpkin solid axle . I would assume it would bolt to the transmission , as its just an electronic th700 . What are you doing here , swapping to an older chevy style axle ? /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    A transfer case is not going to bolt to a 2wd tranny without a tailshaft swap.
     
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    DUH , I must've overlooked that . /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif Trade it in then and SFA an already 4wd truck , much easier /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  5. CHEVY 4WD

    CHEVY 4WD 1/2 ton status

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    how hard is it to swap a tail shaft?
    can you use a 700R4 tail shaft?
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    how hard is it to swap a tail shaft?
    can you use a 700R4 tail shaft?

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    Trans must be completely torn down.

    I would imagine a 700R4 tailshaft from a 4wd would work fine.
     
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    Does the 99+ model use torsion bars or coil springs on the front?
     
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    his is 2wd, so it'd be coil springs, correct?
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    his is 2wd, so it'd be coil springs, correct?

    [/ QUOTE ] I believe 99 yes but very recently(somewhere since 99) they went torsion bar on 2wds as well. As Tim said, changing the tailshaft requires pretty much complete disassembly of the trans. As for whether a 700R4 one will work /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif. Don't worry about puting a driver side axle or Tcase in. The reason that is mainly done is on stock 4x4s thats how the tcase is. Why would you have to do it that way if you don't have a driver side tcase to begin with? Lastly there is one thing I always like to mention to people considering SFA swaps, $$$. They aren't cheap, many people think they will just slap an axle and be all cool, but there is more involved that just makes the money add up.
     
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    Buy a divorsed t-case that way you dont have to change trannys. Ford used alot of divorsed t-cases. Just use a ford axle with chevy outers for the same bolt pattern.

    Dan
     
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    Sell the truck and buy another it would be cheaper.

    On the older truck to go from 2wd-4wd means swaping the crossmember that holds the engine. I bet it willbe the same with that to get the clearence needed for the front diff. Your talking about rebuilding the whole front of the truck. It would be easier to start with a 4x4 because the cross member will already be usable for the solid axle AND you already have working transfer case and the works. Then run a Hi pinion D44 or D60 from a 77-79 Ford. Swap the knuckes on the D44 to get the chevy lug pattern.
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    Sell the truck and buy another it would be cheaper.

    On the older truck to go from 2wd-4wd means swaping the crossmember that holds the engine. I bet it willbe the same with that to get the clearence needed for the front diff. Your talking about rebuilding the whole front of the truck. It would be easier to start with a 4x4 because the cross member will already be usable for the solid axle AND you already have working transfer case and the works. Then run a Hi pinion D44 or D60 from a 77-79 Ford. Swap the knuckes on the D44 to get the chevy lug pattern.

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    its actually not easy or almost impossible to switch the crossmember in a newer 2wd pickup. I know that is so on the 89-98 models. The front frames are fully formed boxed steel, there is no bolted or riveted in crossmember to be replaced.
     

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