question about converting 2WD Z71 Tahoe into 4WD

Discussion in 'GM Powertrain' started by Jack 06D-MAX, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. Jack 06D-MAX

    Jack 06D-MAX New Member

    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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  2. poncho62

    poncho62 Active Member 2 Years 100 Posts

    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.
  3. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Epic Member Staff Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    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.
  4. BurbanMan

    BurbanMan Rockstar 3 Years 500 Posts

    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
  5. Jack 06D-MAX

    Jack 06D-MAX New Member

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

    Conlan Rose Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    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.
  7. BurbanMan

    BurbanMan Rockstar 3 Years 500 Posts

    Ok spend $2-3k lol
  8. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan The Sheriff Staff Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    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.
  9. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan The Sheriff Staff Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Welcome to the site though. Lol
  10. mfleetwood

    mfleetwood Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    Welcome to the Club!!!

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