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hello everybody. my screen name says it all. i'm the very proud owner of a new to me '97 F-350 2wd 5-speed with the 7.3 turbo diesel. i got the truck at such a good deal that i could not pass it up. i would of preffered a 4wd F-350 instead but oh well. now this is where my first of many many questions come in. how hard would it be to convert my 2wd to 4wd and how involved is it? is it worth the time and money? i imagine that this has been done before so can somebody please point me in the right direction? thanks for your help now and in the near future.
 

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It's a huge benefit to get a 4wd truck to use as a donor. The tail section of the tranny needs coverted to bolt to a transfer case. You need the rear drive shaft shortened (or use the donor). I believe the 2wd versions were coil sprung in the front, this will need converted to leafs or a custom coil job for the front axle. I'm not sure if the 2wd frame has the mounting locations for the spings and track bar or not. The easiest way to do this is to get a lift kit for a 97 F350 4X4, and then do the shackel reversal at the same time and that will get you a lot of your mounts, the springs and shocks etc. Don't get anything for a 250 since they were IFS in those years. The steering box may be different, but i'm not positive but worth a check to be sure. You will need a front axle, since you're looking to swap ya might as well get the Dana 60, i think they came factory on the 350's in that era but you'll have to make sure. I don't think there were differences in the cab like chevy did on some of their trucks.

This should give you some things to consider before someone else chimes in.
 
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