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TDI Conversions Discussions on converting non TDIs into TDIS. More general items can be answered better in other sections. This is ideal for issues that don't have an overlap and are very special to swaping engines.

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Old April 30th, 2019, 17:46   #16
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I started out with a 2wd Jeep 4.0 NV3550 and replaced it with an AX15 out of a Dakota due to noise. I had to cut out the hole where the original stick came through the floor about 1/2".



I chose to run the large bellhousing for a larger clutch and heavier flywheel since I am running at the top end of a Malone Stage 4 tune.
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Old April 30th, 2019, 19:18   #17
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Don't know if that will show up or not, but that's the truck! 2003 ranger fx4 level 2. Probobly will drive it for awhile, use it to gather parts and what not but sure looking forward to taking it all apart! Gunna go with a Ford 5 speed hoping to keep the electronic transfer case. Will be sure to post updates when the project gets on the road!


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Old May 2nd, 2019, 13:06   #18
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I have exactly the same truck! What happened to the front tow hooks? Someone swipe them?
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Old May 2nd, 2019, 17:12   #19
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I have exactly the same truck! What happened to the front tow hooks? Someone swipe them?


Haha awesome! It's sweet. It's gunna make a great diesel lol. I have no idea where the are lol I didn't even know they were suppose to be on there. It use to have like a bull bar on the front but it got dented so maybe they were taken off for that?


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Old May 3rd, 2019, 07:25   #20
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Yep, the Level II's got front stainless steel tow hooks and one stainless in the rear, except if you got tow package, then it's omitted.


It'd probably run you another $1300 all said and done, and no idea how far you want to get into the truck, but there is a member over at http://www.ranger-forums.com that put together a custom kit that allows you to ditch the torsion bar setup and run coilovers. Just be careful in his thread if you do end up going that route, a lot of guys were lifted and thus had different part numbers from guys running stock height. If my truck hadn't started the beginnings of rusting out, I'd have gone this route myself. https://www.ranger-forums.com/suspen...thread-119089/


Can't wait to read about your results on the diesel swap!
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Old May 3rd, 2019, 20:57   #21
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Can't wait to read about your results on the diesel swap!


Oh cool! Yeah I don't know much about the advantages and disadvantages. I know for sure I'll do a rear disc brake conversion but most of the time of energy will be into the swap haha.




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Old May 4th, 2019, 09:13   #22
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We have 8.8" 4.10 31-spline Torsen rear ends with drum brakes. I don't think the Exploders had the Torsen, but, they did have everything else the same but disc brakes. I seem to remember though their axle was like an inch or half an inch longer, and may have required welding in shock absorber mounts. If there is a disc conversion that would work without having to swap the axle, that'd obviously be a much nicer way to go...

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Old May 8th, 2019, 05:13   #23
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Yeah, I'm pretty sure you can get a conversion kit from Summit. That's on the lower end of the priority list. Getting ancy to start this project!


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Old May 8th, 2019, 10:55   #24
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Wow, thanks for that, will check out and note for next brake job.
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What are you planning on doing with the truck that justifies a disc brake swap?
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Old May 16th, 2019, 19:33   #26
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What are you planning on doing with the truck that justifies a disc brake swap?


The rear drums are super rusty and worn out as it is. I'd like to eventually get a smaller camper for it as well. So thought it could be fun. It's one of those I'd like to do this, but I know my swap will also blow my budget I'm sure so it might not happen lol


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What are you planning on doing with the truck that justifies a disc brake swap?

At 100k I went to do my rear drums and found the adjuster had seized many thousands of mile ago and I had probably 1/2 life remaining on the shoes, once fixed it was amazing how much better truck braked.


At 160k I needed new fronts so I took the time to pop the rear drums off to look and sure enough they were seized again. At least on my truck, I'd rather have discs just for the fact they won't gradually cease to work. Braking in the snow with just your front brakes...sucks....
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