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Old 25 Oct 2016, 04:46 pm
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Default A "factory" 4x4 conversion?

After looking at pics of the jeep compass and patriot, I am wondering if it is possible to put the drivetrain of one under a PT.
Both of the little jeeps use a transverse engine and transmission and are unibody consrtuciton. Using "family" hardware could result in a sanitary factory looking installation. If the PT engine could mate up, all the underhood area would look factory. Could even pass it off as a one of a kind prototype!
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Old 25 Oct 2016, 04:50 pm
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there are some 4x4 Pts I think most are either a jeep CJ frame or maybe a chevy blazer even the really nice one I have seen ARE NOT gonna look factory I myself LOVE the 4x4s and think Chrysler really missed the mark in not making a all wheel drive version or a panel van version or a PT Truck version I could go on and on the thing is if you want to build it make it so remember any thing is doo able
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Old 25 Oct 2016, 04:51 pm
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Dunno, but Chrysler shoulda built and marketed a 4x4 version of the PT.

It was already a 'truck' for emissions and safety, so they shoulda put a bit more effort in pushing it's crossover abilities.

Most of the new small crossovers SUV's I see look like PT relatives to me.
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Old 25 Oct 2016, 05:18 pm
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they should have let us have the desiel motor they have across the pond backed up by a heavy 6 speed 4x4 OH YES
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Old 25 Oct 2016, 05:21 pm
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Default Re: A "factory" 4x4 conversion?

Come to think of it, early Chrysler mini-vans had a 4 wheel drive option. I was able to crawl under one once. There was another small gear box looking thing on one output side of the differential. It split the drive to a front axleshaft, and a rear driveline. Very minimal modification to get 4x4.
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Old 25 Oct 2016, 05:50 pm
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i drove through a lot of junk common sense told me not to with the PT and i never has an issue. IDK if i'd even want it. more junk to fix. besides with a wimpy compass/patriot transverse mounted 4x4 setup, it would only be suitable for stock tire size and HP anyways. not really a big loss, IMO.

if you could drop the jeep srt8 junk in there it'd be a different story
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Old 26 Oct 2016, 07:36 am
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Default Re: A "factory" 4x4 conversion?

I think Rob is correct. Front wheel drive is more capable than people give credit. A good set of tires and clearance is probably more helpful than 4wd.

I knew a kid who did it with a Daytona back in the day. I don't think it was very difficult. I'm not sure of the width differences, but I doubt it would be too hard to mate up the trans and rear end. There was an extremely nice factory AWD Daytona prototype. I have seen a Challenger done to AWD with the system off a 300 and there was a wide-body kit AWD Challenger at SEMA. I think MOPAR did it.

Personally, I would be more likely to put an SRT4 Caliber drivetrain in a Compass.
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