No longer my daily driver, I went from a 3" drop to a 3" lift + AT tires. I took it to the Florida Gambler 500 last weekend and had a blast! But I got stuck quite easily. So, I am looking at an AWD conversion.
I KNOW the Evo drivetrain is best, with the stronger parts & LSD. But it is way out of my ballpark financially & technically. Not an option for me.
I want to start with installing the Endeavor rear subframe, differential & drive shafts. It bolt right in without mods, correct? Can I transfer my exusting brake calipers & rotors (fairly new)?
Next, what about the front subframe. Will it provide a higher lift like the rear does? Can it be installed without serious modifications? Or should I just do some 1" hockey puck spacers? I'm worried that the steering shaft may slip out going this route. I want the car to be safe & not worry about losing steering suddenly.
Next is the AWD transmission & transfer case. I don't mind going from a 5 speed auto to 4 speed if I gain AWD. And I know the Endeavor parts mount up physically, but I read that programming it is hell and may not be possible to work out all bugs.
So my alternative to this is leaving the FWD transmission in, and then mounting a electric motor to the rear differential instead of a driveshaft from the front. Like a electric cart motor or something similar. I would want a simple controller with forward, reverse, and for it to default to neutral (for normal street/highway driving). Not looking for extra speed on launching, just extra traction in mud/snow/sand.
Any thoughts or ideas are welcome.
i am also considering a far cheaper external "AWD" kit from Bush Winch » Self Recovery Systems | Outback Driving