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Beginning of the 203 twin stick

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by bugspray, Oct 31, 2004.

  1. bugspray

    bugspray 1/2 ton status

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    Well I didn't like the lack of pic/info for doing it, so I'm starting it and will hopefully have it done this week. It seems pretty simple, the trickiest part will be welding and extending a shifter for the shorter of the two mechanisms. I plan on getting some flat stock of the same thickness, cutting it to the curve of the original, grinding both pieces where they'll be joined to an edge, welding both sides, grinding smooth, then re-assembly. The rest of what will need to be done is explained in the title of the pictures. I'll post more as I go. 203 shifter pictures
    Let me know what you think.
     
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    Cool keep us up to date with the progress, I've been lookin in to this lately. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/ears.gif
     
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    Re: Beginning of the 203 twin stick ****FINISHED!!!!

    I finished it. It wasn't that hard. The pictures and titles pretty much explain themselves. Tomorrow I'll put it in and actually test it, but it's solid. I did the welding with an arc welder. I ground /forums/images/graemlins/grind.gif down a few things, and it went together. pictures
     
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    Do you have a pic of it installed in the truck?
     
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    I have also since decided to finish it with the buldog from a mac truck

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    If I wasn't so antsy, and knew what I would use for the knob, I would have bent it to follow closer to the original.
     
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    Sorry if this is a stupid question, but what does this allow you to select? Do you gain 2WD/4WD independent from high/lo range?
     
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    You get
    2lo
    2hi
    N
    4lo
    4hi

    Instead of getting 2hi, 4lo, 4hi. Not that much of an advantage, but it fixes the 20+ year wore out mechanism. I use to have to hold my shifter to the floor to stay in 4lo. After changing to the twin stick, everything stays where it should.
     
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    My question is, I have a 203 and when I take out the front driveshaft or put my front hubs into free wheel I have to put the t-case in highlock to drive.
     
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    IF you converted the case you already have the 2lo position.

    With an un-converted case you will always need to use one of the lock (loc) positions with the hubs unlocked. Think about it, the case uses a differential, therefor power flows to the path of least resistance. Its just like an open diff w/ one tire in the air.
     
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    is it worth converting?... I was just gonna swap it out.
     
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    If you already have a 203, you can slap a 205 onto the back of it and have a doubler. The latest doublers are supposed to be about the same length as your stock 203, you might not even have to change your driveshafts. Then you can triple stick everything if you want.
     
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    where can I go to get more info on this? Thxs
     
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    You're already here.

    There are two kits available, one from ORD, and one from Northwest Fab.

    You need a tranny that bolts to a 203, the 203, and a 32 spline input 205. Buy the kit (~$700), slap it together, triple stick it, and crawl.

    ORD has a lot of info on their site about it. NWF is a little cheaper, and a lot more versatile for clocking the 205.
     
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    Thxs, A small job always leads to more work. :D
     

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