1995 Nissan Altima 2WD to awd conversion

Tiny
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  • 1995 NISSAN ALTIMA
  • 2.4L
  • 4 CYL
  • TURBO
  • FWD
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I have a 1995 Altima SE that my father bought for me a while back before he passed away. I swore to myself that I would never get rid of this car so since I've done many upgrades like a brand new transmission that I had beefed up for the coming power, stage two clutch, lightened flywheel, Eibach coil over suspension, head work, Full 3" stainless exhaust including header, cold air intake, pulley upgrade and a bunch of other upgrades not pertaining to my question. The engine recently blew on me so I just bought a JDM KA24DET engine, T-3/T-4 Precision turbo with all the bells and whistles and large intercooler with pipe work. I'm most definitely going to be doing work to the engine to accommodate the turbo correctly but I fear that with all of the power it's going to put out (325-400+ BHP) it's going to have an astronomical amount of torque steer.

My question is, Can I convert my car to AWD? They have the Nissan Bluebird (Altima) SSS out there. I don't see why it can't be done. Any and all help is greatly appreciated. And if you have any links to Altima clubs that do heavy modding, that would be awesome! Thank you for your time.
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Monday, December 1st, 2014 AT 11:04 PM

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Tiny
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This is not a viable conversion, the engineering required to do this would be very expensive if not impossible you car was not designed for this application.
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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 AT 3:21 AM
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I don't mean to question you guy's because you're experts but I'm compelled to ask why it can't be done. Money, for one isn't an issue and my car was made in AWD so it should be designed to accept all of the parts involved. Even the Stanza witch is my cars predecessor, came in AWD. I would think that converting it is just a matter of buying a Bluebird, stripping it of the parts needed and putting in the elbow grease. What makes it not viable to impossible to convert?
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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 AT 9:34 AM
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Well I must admit nothing is impossible, what you are going to have to do first is find the relevant body tech specs and make sure attach points and floor pan profiles are the same, if not you are up against a brick wall from the get go, frankly this is not the site to source this type of info, we are concerned with fixing standard vehicles for those who need this help.
You should be looking into other forums that specialise with heavy vehicle mods, we can help out with most mechanical questions and are happy to look into mechanical mods, personally I am not sure where you can go to get this info, but body dimensions and comparisons should be fairly easy to access, you may have to talk to a panel shop to seer you in the right direction.
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Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 AT 12:53 AM
Tiny
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Thank you! I think that's what I needed to hear. Merry Christmas to you and yours!
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Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 AT 8:27 AM
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Ok, thank you and have a great Xmas, it goes with out saying that you have a massive undertaking in front of you, best of luck with your endeavours.
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Thursday, December 4th, 2014 AT 12:33 AM
Tiny
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I realize that and I'm mentally and somewhat monetarily prepared for the challenge. I know that it's only a 95 Altima but when I had nothing and I had to drive 162 miles a day (everyday for over a year) to take care of my dad before he died, that car never failed me once. All I did was gas it up and go. I'm a very loyal person and considering that it was the last thing my father gave me, the car earned a permanent place in my life. I figure making it a weekend cruiser that I could take to the track once in a while would be perfect for me so that's what I'm going to do. Unfortunately FWD won't cut it at the track with all of that power and 155 BHP doesn't cut it anywhere. I actually filled out a few applications to have it featured on a car conversion show and my sister told me that she tried to contact Chip Foose directly once
but I never heard anything back from any of them, lmao! Didn't expect it either.
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Thursday, December 4th, 2014 AT 10:03 AM
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If you turn it into a project that will be a week end drive and track toy, you need to do all the planning step by step, do your research and set realistic goals and if the basic shell is compatible you will get there one day, your dad will be watching and guiding you. I feel mine does when I take on some of my own "Projects" good luck with it all.
Cheers from Australia.
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Thursday, December 4th, 2014 AT 12:11 PM
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Aussie? Nice! Should have known seeing the red Kangaroo, lol. I'm from Brooklyn New York. Marty and Moog from Mighty Car Mods were two guy's I also tried contacting, lol. Love those guys and have seen every video they've made to date! At least I think I've seen them all. Merry Christmas to you and yours and if you want, I'll keep you posted on what I've done. Thomas.
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Friday, December 5th, 2014 AT 1:17 PM
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Yeah, that will be good, would like to know how you get on.
Cheers,

Mark
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Friday, December 5th, 2014 AT 10:37 PM
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1-5-15 is day one of the engine bay breakdown. Obviously there is so much more to it but I will most definitely keep you posted Brother. Thanks Mark! Thomas.
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Sunday, December 7th, 2014 AT 8:46 PM
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If you want to send you update to myoldlandy@hotmail. Com and just use the thread for tech stuff you may want to ask about.
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Sunday, December 7th, 2014 AT 11:47 PM

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