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Old 10-17-2011, 08:53 PM   #1
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Any Successful AWD Swaps Out There?

I'm starting to look for a shell. I want to do an AWD swap. From some quick research I would like to use a 4G63 and use the 8.8 limited slip from an Explorer. I'm not sure yet how the engine would have to mount as I'm just in the research stages. Figured I would post this up as an idea since I don't have enough posts on here to put up a wanted ad in the classifieds. This won't be a short term project, but I am planning on working through this over a few years. I will be sure to post back here with info as I go. If anyone knows of a ZX5 shell, let me know. I don't want a sedan and I need a 4 door for the kids.


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Old 10-17-2011, 08:55 PM   #2
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FYI, I will be building sheds on the side to fund this project. If anyone needs a shed built and they are close to northern Indiana, let me know. I can PM you detail.
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Old 10-17-2011, 10:00 PM   #3
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no one on this site has done one. there are some awd swaps over sees but you will see nothing of them but a couple vids.

if you do a 8.8 go with the mustang rear not the explorer.. 4 link instead of leaf spring.
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:31 AM   #4
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Haven't seen any on this forum but I sure know that I would love it if my car were AWD. Good luck and feel free to start a build thread when you start. I would love to follow your progress.
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Old 10-18-2011, 04:02 PM   #5
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Well that is the plan as soon as I find a shell or a car I can part out. Going to start putting some parts lists together tonight.
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Old 10-18-2011, 04:11 PM   #6
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Here is the plan and decisions that need to be made as of now.

1. Find ZX5 shell
2. Strip any drivetrain out of it and sell that off
3. Rewire to make all interior stuff still work
4. Determine which way to mount engine (this will determine if I use a full 4G63 front drivetrain or if I will have to use a 4G64 mounted to an Evo 8 front drivetrain)
5. Mount/wire front drivetrain
6. Mount rear axle
7. Build driveshaft and exhaust.
8. Fuel and air.

These are my initial thoughts and order I want to tackle things. Obviously this is just a start and will likely change as I find specific parts.
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Heard lots of talk about people doing this... not 1 person has followed through.

Here's to hoping your the first. Good luck to ya!
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Got some interest in a couple of sheds today so if I can get those sold, then I should have enough cash to start looking for a shell. Once the cash starts comming in, I'm going to start on it.
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heres to hoping you follow through.
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Old 10-19-2011, 04:19 PM   #10
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to bad you want a zx5. there is a roush at the salvage yard. it is a bit banged on right side. but it is fixable. my frnd owns the yard, if i had a garage to put it in i would buy it. he is asking 2grnd. me & another member looked it over. looks to take about 1200/1500 to repair. black on black rally edition also.
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