Glad to find this forum. I was referred by a friend and former D owner who tells me this is where the real "experts" are where D's are concerned. That's encouraging, and if things go as planned, I'll soon be a D owner and will definitely want to join your organization. But whether or not I buy the D I'm looking at, depends on whether or not I can easily swap out the transfer case. Here's the situation:
I've found an '03 SXT 4.7 with only 7240 miles on the speedo, for a super low price. It's always been garaged and maintained by the book. Of course, it has the NV133 TCase, which is a downer so far as I'm concerned. My previous 4x4's have been Jeeps (4) and a Ford Bronco, all of which had the low range, which I consider essential. I've found an NV233 Tcase from a wrecked '04 Dakota (27000 miles) which I can buy for $250. The owner of the Dak says the Tcase should swap out easily with the 133 case. He's already sold the dash, so the 4wd switch is gone of course.
My question is: Has anyone here ever attempted or completed such a swap, or do you know whether it could easily be done? I.e., would the NV233 fit without an adapter, and would the wiring for the switch have to be changed? Would the dash switch be available, either OEM or aftermarket, and would there be control module issues?
I apologize if this question is redundant, and if it's, perhaps someone could direct me to any previous posts discussing this issue. I've tried the search engine, but haven't had good results.
Looking forward to becoming a member.