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    Default question about converting 2WD Z71 Tahoe into 4WD

    How is it going out there in the Chevy world. I have recently purchased a 2009 Z71 Tahoe (not 4X4) thumbs down on my part! but it was for the wife and she liked it. Well we move to WV and I was thinking of converting it to a 4X4 vs trading it in, too much negative equity in this one right now. Has anyone done this before or tried to do this before? if so is the cost crazy? Was there any issues with programming in the ECM or anything like that? Any info is helpful.
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    Trade it for a 4x4 if you want one.....Converting it is a major job, totally different frame, transmission, suspension, wiring etc.....Its not worth your while.

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    If you have the skills and time to tackle this project, at least a month of solid evenings and weekends, welding and fabricating skills with blueprint and real good steering and suspension geometry knowledge, add about $4000 for parts and your in there.
    Most shops are up to $10,000 for this particular mod.
    Either buy a beater 4x4 to use in real bad weather or wait until your in a better financial situation on this truck and trade it.
    Lots of work involved, and the first cut on a new truck normally slows or stops the project.

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    Long post short: buy a $1000 winter beater to get you by until you can trade it for a 4x4. You'll be better off

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    WOW, even if I am just looking to go with stock stuff. It would really be just for safety for the wife.

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    4wd trucks and 2wd trucks use totally different frames, suspensions, steering parts, axles, and have difrent interior components and additional 4wd control systems. The easiest way to do it might be getting a second Tahoe that's body is ruined and moving the body of your truck to the other Tahoe's frame. Then there would be alot of wireing to be done and such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack 06D-MAX View Post
    WOW, even if I am just looking to go with stock stuff. It would really be just for safety for the wife.
    Ok spend $2-3k lol

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    Yeah. It's not like it was back 30 years ago if you wanted to go 4wd for a conversion. It's a totally different ballgame.

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    Welcome to the site though. Lol

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