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Going from 4wd tranny to 2wd tranny

I have a 1993 dodge dakota v8 2wd transmission available to me to replace my 1994 dodge dakota v8 4wd transmission that doesnt have reverse or 3rd gear anymore with and was told to do that I needed to use a 2wd driveshaft and crossmember? If that is so, can you buy those or are they something i have to get at a yard? I know absolutely bare minimum about fixing vehicles but am trying to find out all i can before i get someone to do the work for me so I dont get completely screwed on it.

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  • Julie Hastings May 31, 2009

    thank you!

  • Julie Hastings May 31, 2009

    I have someone to do the work, and found a 2wd transmission for 100.00. Thats why the conversion? I am trying to do it as cheap as possible just to get back up and running again....so far $100.00 is the best deal ive found on a working transmission.....if the drive shaft and crossmember can also be found around that price too then ive saved around 1000.00!

  • Julie Hastings May 31, 2009

    I have a friend who is doing the work for me for free and has already taken off the transfer case, the drive shaft and cross member and just has to come back and take out 8 bolts to get the tranny out....he knows how to do what he has so far and put back together but had no idea about converting from 4wd to 2wd to save the cash on parts.....











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If you're going to change out your 4 wheel drive for 2 wheel drive, you will need to remove your transfer case, front drive shafts, and transmission. You will need a new drive shaft, and crossmember as well. Junk yard would be your best bet for the parts, but it doesn't make sense to eliminate your 4 wheel drive. It would be more beneficial to replace your transmission with a used one, or have your existing one rebuilt.

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  • its420_us May 31, 2009

    It would cost you less to get a used transmission, or have your existing one rebuilt. It would take more hours to convert it to 2 wheel, and at shop labor rate, you would screw yourself out of a lot of cash.

  • its420_us Jun 01, 2009

    You can still get a good used tranny for that.

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