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converting a 2x4 to 4x4

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converting a 2x4 to 4x4

Postby thefenixgang7 » Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:46 am

I have a 93 Amigo 2x4 I want to convert to 4x4.
My plan is to use a Suzuki Samurai transfer case and an Isuzu front axle. Drive shafts will be modded Isuzu shafts. Any thoughts? Or better way?
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Re: converting a 2x4 to 4x4

Postby jellis » Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:58 am

could you just buy a 4x4 one for cheaper/ less effort?
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Re: converting a 2x4 to 4x4

Postby thefenixgang7 » Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:24 pm

Maybe, but I can't seem to find one within a 4 hour drive that's in my price range.
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Re: converting a 2x4 to 4x4

Postby pig75 » Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:10 pm

If it has a bottom wishbone like this it will be easy
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If it has a bottom wishbone like this it will not be worth the effort
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I would be looking for a 4x4 Trooper,Rodeo, for parts
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Re: converting a 2x4 to 4x4

Postby thefenixgang7 » Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:27 pm

I have the one in the first picture. It actually looks like a wish bone and not just a a lower control bar. I have been on the lookout for a parts trooper, but if a rodeo will also work then I may be able to find one. I assume I will need a 4x4 manual transmission since I want to keep the 5 speed.
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Re: converting a 2x4 to 4x4

Postby geeves » Mon Sep 12, 2011 5:08 pm

Go for the rodeo parts if you can but trooper parts from 88 to 91 will do. Before you start check that all the mounting holes are there. Otherwise you could be biting of more than you can chew. Samari trany case is strong enough for a zuke but not a Amigo. Try and get a matching 4wd gearbox to fit your motor or even better 2.6 or 3.2 isuzu engine and box. Is the 2.3 the isuzu engine? Another option you have is the 3.1 v6 and chevy box
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Re: converting a 2x4 to 4x4

Postby thefenixgang7 » Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:17 pm

it is the 2.3. It sounds strange but I want to keep the carburated engine. I'm not really taking it off road, its just to get me out of a tight spot in the winter.
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Re: converting a 2x4 to 4x4

Postby thefenixgang7 » Tue Sep 13, 2011 2:00 am

I would upgrade to a carburated v6 or v8. Are there any other transmissions that would bolt up to the 2.3? Or could Ford or Jeep axles be used?
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Re: converting a 2x4 to 4x4

Postby geeves » Tue Sep 13, 2011 3:44 pm

Your Amigos are a bit of a hybrid. Our Mu which is essentially the same wagon only had the 2.6 petrol engine in 89 and the 3.2 v6 98 and later. All the others were diesel 2.8 or 3.1 4 cylinder engines.
Your Amigos got the 2.6 isuzu engine or the 3.1 chevy engine. I dont know the 2.3 Is it isuzu or Opel. The european version called Frontera got a 2.2 diesel or 2.3 petrol as well as the above isuzu diesels.
If you had the chevy engine you also got Dana 35 diffs which are also in some jeeps but if its the isuzu engine you got isuzu diffs. They are an engineering required change. You cant bolt on swap anything to or from the isuzu to chevy version
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Re: converting a 2x4 to 4x4

Postby thefenixgang7 » Tue Sep 13, 2011 8:51 pm

My 2.3 is an Isuzu engine. I will have to look under it this weekend and see if it has the mounting holes. I measured out of curiosity if a Jeep inline 6 would fit, but I don't think it would. Not really looking for a lot of power, just want to be able to pull light loads now and then. The stock engine seems to do that, so I am not really interested in an engine swap unless its a direct bolt in swap. Thanks for your help so far, I'll check in if I have other thoughts.
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Re: converting a 2x4 to 4x4

Postby mathys » Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:24 pm

Is it possible to convert a 1993 KB 250 2x4 to a 4x4 and what would I need to do to make it work properly
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Re: converting a 2x4 to 4x4

Postby isuzurob » Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:34 pm

Cheapest way is to sell it and buy a 4x4 model, there are Alot of parts and welding to be done
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