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Old 01-12-2008, 02:55 PM   #1
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I'm looking to yank my AWD. Did any 5.0/4R70W explorers come with 2WD? Whats the easiest way this can be done?
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You can find a 2WD 4R70W for the output shaft and tail housing, plus the different rear driveshaft, pull front drive parts, swap with 2WD stuff etc. The best solution would be to transform the truck to 4WD, using one of two BW4406 transfer cases. There are several examples on the EF forum, Jon here has the manual BW4406 version. I plan to swap in a Navigator TC I got a while ago. I'll make a thread for it, mine will require using the smaller Sport gas tank(17 gallons). The electric version ends up with the same results as the V6 Explorer 4WD system, auto 4WD, 4Hi, and 4Low. Good luck,
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Old 01-14-2008, 11:24 PM   #3
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What about speed sensors and my computer? Will they not make a difference as long as my tcase is disconnected?
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If you made it 2WD the trans would have to have the speed sensor in it, thus a 96 or 97 trans(rear shaft and housing). If you went with the BW4406 TC to keep it 4WD, your only choice would be a 97 Expedition/Navigator TC. Those had the same speed sensor in them, BTW my 98 Navigator has the speed sensor in it. Meaning you still have to watch the actual part you find, it could be wrong, or the application info could be wrong. The point it that you can do it, using the right parts.
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converting to 4wd will be much easier and less expensive than a 2wd conversion.
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Ditto, and Jon how is your engine/trans running now?
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Well I need to put in a new tranny anyways.... so...



When I meant speed sensors, I ment those in my hubs. Do I really need to reaplce everything in the front with 2WD parts?



I've been reading a lot about the different BW tcase swaps, but I really have no need. I plan on buying a Dodge Cummins by the end of this summer.
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The ABS sensors are different between 2WD/4WD. Some have tried to leave parts of a 4WD hub etc, but the extra weight is hurting gas mileage. You could leave it all there, but if you would keep it 2WD, changing that would be better.
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Front end parts needed:



- 2WD spindles

- 2WD rotors

- Inner and outer wheel bearings

- Grease seal for the rotor hub

- ABS sensors
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