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Second Gen 2wd/4wd Trucks: What's the Difference? #933714 03/02/09 04:15 AM
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matts Offline OP
Body Damage is Cool
I saw a clean 2wd mid-'80s xtra cab pickup for sale today and it got me to thinking that a truck like that might make a good donor for a 4x4 project. If I remember correctly the cab is identical to a 4x4, but I think the bed has smaller wheel openings/flares. I'm sure the front fenders are specific to the 2wd as well. Basically I'd be getting a nice clean xtra cab cab out of it. -- Matt


'89 4runner SR5, 3.0, auto (fun)
'93 xtra cab, dlx,3.0, 5spd (work truck)
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Re: Second Gen 2wd/4wd Trucks: What's the Difference? [Re: matts] #933715 03/02/09 04:31 AM
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Front fenders have less of a flare to them.


88 4R, 350 V8, R150 5 speed Sold <...uot; />
97 4R, stock, daily driver
98 Sienna, kid and dog hauler, wife's ride
Re: Second Gen 2wd/4wd Trucks: What's the Difference? [Re: matts] #933716 03/02/09 03:54 PM
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Greg_Canada Offline
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The 2wd frames are great candidates for SAS's.
You'd have to fab a tranny crossmember tho, the 2wd's were weld-on.
also, rear axle is 5-lug.


89 4Runner
3" BL, M/T locks, 33"bfg mt, bilstein, Kayline, tubebumper, toyotafiberglass panels
TBI: Elocker,3.4 w/ORS,b+b,S2Sstg2cams,arias pistons,P+P intake,TRDs/c,URDpullies+7th,downey headers,MAPECU2,WEGO WB, SupraMAF,walboro255,stg4clutch, EPaOo2 sim
Re: Second Gen 2wd/4wd Trucks: What's the Difference? [Re: matts] #933717 03/02/09 05:38 PM
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fourwd1 Offline
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Except for the amount of flare at the wheel wells, sheet metal is the same and interchangeable, as are lights, cab, glass, interior, etc. 2WD or 4WD, truck or 4Runner.

Heck, I have a 2nd gen 2WD cab and bed on a 1st gen 4WD frame. I strip out freebie 2WD's for spare parts frequently <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" />


- seen in FOUR WHEELER mag July 2006 & OFF-ROAD mag Feb 2007 -
'84 4Runner ARBed 5.29s F&R,4.7 & 2.28 t-cases,hy-steer,BudBuilt skid,30spl Longs,36" TSLs,Chevys

'83 P/U, Buick 231 V6,Holley 4 bbl,Weiand intake,Downey headers,TH350 w/700R4 gearset
Re: Second Gen 2wd/4wd Trucks: What's the Difference? [Re: fourwd1] #933718 03/02/09 11:15 PM
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Snowtoy Offline
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The rear wheel wells are often usually smaller as well, though depending on the life it has had the bed could have been replaced. Back in late '80's when the mini sport truck was cool, a common swap was to use the 4x4 bed and fenders when running wide tires.


More than tread lightly. Leave it like you were never there, nor anyone else.
'90 X-cab 4.88's 33 BFG AT's, rr ARB, Headers, Ignition upgrade, cold air induction.
'91 X-cab 5.29's 315's BFG MT's, rr ARB, custom bumper and flatbed
Re: Second Gen 2wd/4wd Trucks: What's the Difference? [Re: Snowtoy] #933719 03/03/09 08:21 AM
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matts Offline OP
Body Damage is Cool
I've noticed some clean stock-like second gen 4x4 trucks selling for $4500 these days, which has me thinking , if you have a clean 4x4 frame here and a nice cab there, it's gonna be worth it to find some drivetrain parts and a suspension to put together, but all the stuff has to be clean/rust-free. Maybe there's a business in this <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" /> Now we just have to get Cory to start making American style beds. -- Matt


'89 4runner SR5, 3.0, auto (fun)
'93 xtra cab, dlx,3.0, 5spd (work truck)
Re: Second Gen 2wd/4wd Trucks: What's the Difference? [Re: matts] #933720 03/03/09 08:57 AM
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Snowtoy Offline
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If you can keep your cost(not sweat equity) to less than 1/2 he price you sell it for, it makes for a nice way of creating an extra cash flow. When I was restoring/selling them, I never spent more than $1500(purchase/fix/restore), and usually made between $1500-3k in profit. Unfortunately about 18 months ago the market for clean 2nd gen 4x4's here in CA kind of went tits-up. The last one I restored I sold for $2500(blue book price). I could have held out for more, but I hadn't had that much interest for the month it was listed. When A guy from Idaho came by and looked at and asked if I would take $2500 cash I didn't hesitate.


More than tread lightly. Leave it like you were never there, nor anyone else.
'90 X-cab 4.88's 33 BFG AT's, rr ARB, Headers, Ignition upgrade, cold air induction.
'91 X-cab 5.29's 315's BFG MT's, rr ARB, custom bumper and flatbed

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