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Old 01-19-2014, 01:49 PM   #41
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I have other means of transportation, but would mainly use the truck.
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Old 01-19-2014, 01:53 PM   #42
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I am serious and it seems not many know what a long travel desert truck is capable of.

for someone that's serious and acts like he knows what hes talking about you certainly choose a strange starting point for your build....

i agree with XLTinSD you would be better served on a forum dedicated to prerunner's and desert racing.
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I bought the truck with different intentions and have changed my plans of what route to go with the truck.
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Old 01-19-2014, 01:58 PM   #44
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I am serious and it seems not many know what a long travel desert truck is capable of.


Well, since it seems you have all the answers, have fun and show us what you wind up with.


The reason Ford is making boatloads on the Raptor is because it has reasonable offroad prowess while maintaining reasonable onroad manners, all with good looks and a reasonable price tag.

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Old 01-19-2014, 02:08 PM   #45
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Dang guys, why is everyone bashing this guy? If he wants to build a truck that pleases him, then so be it. If you don't like it GTFO this forum. We are here to help, not bash people.

Anyway, if you want a 2wd you would be better off trading for one. The 4wd is worth more, so if you can make a few grand off the trade then you already have funds to start the build. I do agree that a Raptor would be an excellent starting point for a build, but if you want a long travel 2wd, that is definitely attainable as well. Either way, it is your money, so do with it however makes you happy.
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Old 01-19-2014, 02:16 PM   #46
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I know nothing of the subject but would not attempt to remove the fwd of your truck. Just trade it for one you want. If your plans change so should the truck IMO.

And I always assumed these were all 4x4 but I know nothing about them. All offroading I'm familiar with has mud and/or rocks making 4wd kinda necessary.
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Remove transfer case, swap a 2WD driveshaft, remove IWE hub actuators and CV axles, remove front driveshaft, enjoy millions upon millions of warning messages and a voided warranty.

I don't know how much you intend to beat the crap out of your truck in the desert (obviously enough to desire paying more money for the extra "capability" of a 2WD prerunner), but maybe you're better off buying an older cheap F-150 that's already 2WD, and not have to worry about alternate transportation when you flip end-over-end in the middle of the Mohave desert.
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Remove transfer case, swap a 2WD driveshaft, remove IWE hub actuators and CV axles, remove front driveshaft, enjoy millions upon millions of warning messages and a voided warranty.

I don't know how much you intend to beat the crap out of your truck in the desert (obviously enough to desire paying more money for the extra "capability" of a 2WD prerunner), but maybe you're better off buying an older cheap F-150 that's already 2WD, and not have to worry about alternate transportation when you flip end-over-end in the middle of the Mohave desert.
+1, most people buy older gen rangers or f150's to build into prerunners, not new ones.

IMO the lighter your base platform the better. id go ranger all the way.

if you want a prerunner to daily drive your either going to wind up with an extreme off road beast that sucks on the pavement, a compromise of the two(which is what the raptor was built for leaning a bit more to daily drive side of things) or a pavement queen that sucks offroad.

it can't be all things. which is why most people use separate vehicles for these kinds of projects. especially as much as you are leaning towards the off road side of things.

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+1, most people buy older gen rangers or f150's to build into prerunners, not new ones.

IMO the lighter your base platform the better. id go ranger all the way.

Sounds to me like he is going for more of a luxury truck long travel build. Probably wanting to keep all the creature comforts of the newer f150 but building it capable to do well in desert conditions.
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Sigh. You want this:


The complaint is my 4x4s mpg stinks but I want s 4x2 pre running truck that gets even worse mpg.

My understanding is that a new, custom pre runner truck is in the neighborhood of $150,000.

If you want a 2x4, trade your 4x4 in and get a 2x4 truck.

Why?

Because you'll wind up with a old 4x4 turned into a 2x4 truck with a shedload of error codes and idiot lights on the dash if you don't and the resale value of your converted truck will be less than a factory 2x4 truck.

Not worth the time or effort.

It is kind of like wanting a sports car but building a fast truck instead: compared to the same effort put into a sports car, the fast truck cannot go, stop or steer.

Its like buying a bad piece of real estate and overbuilding: no matter what the value of the overbuilt property is capped.

Don't do it.

Go back to the Great Pumpkin and get a new battle plan.
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