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I have a 2005 crew cab 4x4 and am toying with the idea of converting it to a 2x4. Has anyone ever done this? What kind of problems would be expected? Thanks for your thoughts.
Thanks, Sir. I appreciate the instructions. The reason I am thinking about this is that I have not used the 4x4 and the extra 700 pounds of weight have to be accelerated, braked, etc. I know this is costing a lot in fuel and wear and tear on my truck.benjammin;1544680; said:To make it 2wd, remove the front diff. assembly, front axleshafts, and transfer case. I'm not sure if you can just switch the transfer case adapter to the 2wd style, or if a different transmission output shaft is needed. Then, get the 2wd driveshaft for your wheelbase, and either a different crossmember or relocation of yours will be needed. Leave the front torsion bars in place, you can release some tension to adjust for the missing weight in front.
I would either get 2wd front wheel bearings, or cut the stubs off your axleshafts, and reinstall through the hubs, torquing to spec. The squeezing action maintains bearing preload in the hub.
With an 05 Duramax you will not experience any savings in fuel or braking. On almost any other application, you will save big time, but not in this case. The brakes are lasting most people 80K plus even with a lot of towing.Teddy Pledger;1544747; said:Thanks, Sir. I appreciate the instructions. The reason I am thinking about this is that I have not used the 4x4 and the extra 700 pounds of weight have to be accelerated, braked, etc. I know this is costing a lot in fuel and wear and tear on my truck.
Well I'll throw my hat in there also. If your on the west coast I have all the 2wd parts you need. Convert your truck to 2wd and mine to 4wd.Teddy Pledger;1545327; said:I rechecked the weights and there is a 300# difference between the 2x4 and 4x4, not 700#. I don't think shedding 300# will be worth the effort. Thanks to all of you for your input.
Yes, but not by a whole lot. Many of the parts are used on both versions.m.gil;1544711; said:dont know much about it , but arent the frames different on a 2 w/d verses a 4w/d?