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I've got a 1997 Ford F-350 Crew Cab, Long Bed Dually and I was wondering if it would be possible to convert it from 2WD to 4WD. I'm wondering if it is possible if I used the front axle out of a 1993 Ford F-350 4x4 Dually; If so, could I attach it at the factory mounting points or are the 2WD front frame rails different from the 4WD? Also, What would I have to do to put a transfer case in the truck; can I convert the existing automatic E4OD or would I have to get the 4x4 model?
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i think, that you can swap everything from one truck ot the other. Thats what most people do, just get a donor truck, park it in the driveway next to the truck being donated to, and make a weekend of it. Although, if i remember right, the front axle on OBS trucks isnt very desirable and i think most people swap them for solid front axles instead of that twin Ibeam setup. But it will get you 4x4 either way. If you do decide to make it a 4x4, make sure you take pictures for us. I think the OBS crew cab dually 4x4s looks SWEET! but they are rare for some reason.

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I'm just thinking that it may be easier and cheaper to sell yours and then find a 4x4 truck. That's just me. I'm a bit older and don't have that kind of time or energy. I got too many projects as it is.
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I've got a 1997 Ford F-350 Crew Cab, Long Bed Dually and I was wondering if it would be possible to convert it from 2WD to 4WD. I'm wondering if it is possible if I used the front axle out of a 1993 Ford F-350 4x4 Dually; If so, could I attach it at the factory mounting points or are the 2WD front frame rails different from the 4WD? Also, What would I have to do to put a transfer case in the truck; can I convert the existing automatic E4OD or would I have to get the 4x4 model?
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i think, that you can swap everything from one truck ot the other. Thats what most people do, just get a donor truck, park it in the driveway next to the truck being donated to, and make a weekend of it. Although, if i remember right, the front axle on OBS trucks isnt very desirable and i think most people swap them for solid front axles instead of that twin Ibeam setup. But it will get you 4x4 either way. If you do decide to make it a 4x4, make sure you take pictures for us. I think the OBS crew cab dually 4x4s looks SWEET! but they are rare for some reason.
Ford never made a dually 4x4 from 1992-1997, so if you found a 1993 dually it has been converted from one to another (either SRW to DRW or 4x2 to 4x4). Also, the F-350 will have the solid front axle that the F-250 owners always swap in place, so you're good there. I don't know about the frame rails, but if you've got the skills to swap in an axle then mounting the springs and such shouldn't be a problem for you. And unless you plan on running a divorced T case, you're going to need a 4x4 E4OD.

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