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[–] Germ22 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Well, anything can be done with enough time, effort, and money.
I am not to knowledgeable with Jeeps, but for your conversion you would need at last a transvfercase, new drive shaft to the rear, driveshaft to the front, probably a whole new front axel assembly. Some way to engage the 4 wheel drive in the interior, either electronic with a switch, or mechanical with a lever. Then there is the issues with all the electronics. How many stability assist features does your Jeep have? Like stability control, traction control, ABS. It might be named differently. That might complicate things as well.
If your Jeep is in good shape and runs really good, then keep it in such good shape and running condition. Buy a second vehicle for that money and toy around with that.

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[–] shadowwolf225 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Not much of a jeep guy so I may have no clue what I'm talking about.

Trying to do this by buying the parts and converting it is gonna be a big job for anyone but an experienced jeep mechanic and even given your connections it's gonna cost a bit. You probably already know this.

One option you may want to try to look for is a parts vehicle of the same model line, but 4x4, that was totaled and junked due to a rollover. This should give you all the mechanical bits in fairly good shape and the damage mostly in parts you could care less about. This is a small writeup on what you are looking to do but with a '99. This was a thread on doing the conversion on an '00. Apparently The wiring changed between 99 and 00 and also the XJ's went distributorless in 00.

p.s. Not 100% sure whether the ECU will be the same between 2wd and 4wd but haven't seen much mention, so maybe the same.

p.p.s I wish you the best of luck on your project. I know how an attachment to a particular vehicle goes.

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[–] TheKobold [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Thanks, I'll look those over when I get a chance.

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[–] SmokeyMeadow 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

For this build, you would need to obtain a transmission, transfer case, front drive shaft, linkage and console insert. Sourcing all those parts is probably fairly easy given the run of this model, but putting it all together is the hard part. I think you would be in well over $2k unless you could get a deal on the parts.

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[–] TheKobold [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Thanks for the tips I think I can Source Parts pretty cheap I've got the inside track since I work for a commercial parts dealer.

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[–] Rusty4x4 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I'd suggest buying a 4x4 XJ that's either rusted out or has a bad engine to get all the parts needed. As cheap as good condition XJs are a rotted one should be very cheap

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[–] SoSickOfPizzagate 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Off the top of my head I believe you will need a donor transmission, Transfer Case, Axels, driveline and steering linkage. I would think the easiest method would be to pull the existing engine and transmission then start working from back to front. You will need to add the 4x4 shifter which means a hole in the floor.

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[–] TheKobold [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Thanks for the tips, sounds doable just a lot of work. But I'm not afraid of a lot of work

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[–] Chiefpacman 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

You could do it, but you would have to spend more than $2k

Unless youre handy and have some good junkyards around and have a couple of weekends to spend on it. You could start by looking for a donor 4x4 jeep

The much easier route would be selling the jeep and getting a 4wd. I understand your love for your vehicle though. I kept a suburban alive for over 400k miles, it was my first car and my baby.

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[–] TheKobold [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Damn that's what I was afraid of. Well, I guess I can still gussy it up like its a 4x4.

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[–] Chiefpacman 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

But I’m not saying give up hope.

Look for a 4wd jeep on craigslist/ in junkyards, try to pay less than a grand. Then youll have all the parts.. I think a lot of the 4wd kits will be compatible, you might be able to get a different model that’ll work

Plus there is so much 3rd party manufactures for jeep parts. Could be you could get a brand new kit.

If youre not especially handy; after you get the parts you could find a run down/ cheap mechanic to install your parts.

Personally I could not switch a 2wd with 4wd. I do know that I paid like $1200 for a used drive shaft/ to install it a few years ago. I’m sure its not cheap..

I’m going to tag some users who are much more knowledgeable than me on this stuff. Maybe they can help more..

@germ22 @smokeymeadow @9-11 @shadowwolf225 @adam_jensen_

Guy wants to know how feasible would be to make his jeep 4wd.