Originally Posted by mrsa1
Yeah I was reading up about converting from AWD to 4WD, seems fairly simple. That would give me the opportunity to try it out just as AWD and switch to 4 if i feel like i need it. besides the difference in ground clearance, is there any disadvantage to an express converted to 4wd compared to something like a quigley?
Just doing the transfer-case swap conversion only changes that part of the system, which means you still have the factory front (open) diff and IFS system.
This is most definitely NOT a rock-crawling setup, but for my uses, it's a good compromise. Depending on if you're talking Quigley's GM IFS solution or a more traditional solid-axle ford conversion, etc, there are many possible "flavors" if 4x4 conversion, some much more "capable" than others. There's something to be said for full-float, manual-locking hub axles at both ends, especially if you're going to take a big heavy rig into very rough terrain, but you'll pay handsomely for that capabilty!