3" Body Lift On My 97 Astro

Re: 3" Body Lift On My 97 Astro

Postby unrreal » October 22nd 2010, 11:35pm

grandamle91 wrote:Were did you get your shims from?

i got mine from www.jackit.com since they are local. but you can get them from overlandvans or any local 4x4 shop.
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Re: 3" Body Lift On My 97 Astro

Postby loopie » October 23rd 2010, 12:10am

Munken wrote:
Will not the yoke go further into the transmission and do damage?

The axle moves a little forward but also down...so I'd guess any change at the yoke to be minimal???
If there was interference, I'm sure we'd have heard about it from somebody by now.
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Re: 3" Body Lift On My 97 Astro

Postby AstroWyo » October 23rd 2010, 1:08am

Lots to chew on there. Thanks for feeding my brain.

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Re: 3" Body Lift On My 97 Astro

Postby B-rad » October 30th 2010, 6:00pm

Sorry if I missed it, I read most everything on this thread but did you have to extend your steering shaft? :dunce:
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Re: 3" Body Lift On My 97 Astro

Postby grandamle91 [OP] » October 30th 2010, 7:25pm

Its kinda like the slip yoke on the tranny you can pul it so far before it comes out
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Re: 3" Body Lift On My 97 Astro

Postby B-rad » October 30th 2010, 7:28pm

Figured but wanted to make sure. I have done body lifts on a lot of trucks I have owned and helped friends but most all of them you need a stearing shaft extention :ty:
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Re: 3" Body Lift On My 97 Astro

Postby LumpyLumpy is online! » November 1st 2010, 5:03pm

How much of the steering shaft is still in the box when you do a 3inch body lift?

How much is acceptable and still be safe?


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Re: 3" Body Lift On My 97 Astro

Postby grandamle91 [OP] » November 1st 2010, 6:54pm

I got a 2 inchs left, dont i couldnt tell you what a safe amount is
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Re: 3" Body Lift On My 97 Astro

Postby B-rad » November 25th 2010, 3:13am

What was the lenght of the bolts you used for the 3" lift? I have everything to get my lift on but the bolts... where they like 170 or 180mm long? :shrug:
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Re: 3" Body Lift On My 97 Astro

Postby grandamle91 [OP] » November 25th 2010, 6:23am

B-rad wrote:What was the lenght of the bolts you used for the 3" lift? I have everything to get my lift on but the bolts... where they like 170 or 180mm long? :shrug:



i used 190 to be safe
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Re: 3" Body Lift On My 97 Astro

Postby B-rad » November 25th 2010, 6:35am

grade 8.8 like OLV kit comes with?

Also you just need to cut the fan shild and E break bracket so I have found?

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Re: 3" Body Lift On My 97 Astro

Postby Gary » November 25th 2010, 6:43am

grandamle91 wrote:I got a 2 inchs left, dont i couldnt tell you what a safe amount is


Hey Evan,Dan at Overland told me he wouldn't go much farther than 2" lift without a extension and he hadn't built that part yet.The member "Chops" found a Savana (sp) full size van fit and was useful on his 5" lift,so I would think it would easily cover a 3" lift.In fact that is what I plan to use on my van.Not for nothing.
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Re: 3" Body Lift On My 97 Astro

Postby grandamle91 [OP] » November 25th 2010, 6:50am

Gary wrote:
grandamle91 wrote:I got a 2 inchs left, dont i couldnt tell you what a safe amount is


Hey Evan,Dan at Overland told me he wouldn't go much farther than 2" lift without a extension and he hadn't built that part yet.The member "Chops" found a Savana (sp) full size van fit and was useful on his 5" lift,so I would think it would easily cover a 3" lift.In fact that is what I plan to use on my van.Not for nothing.



I used the same grade that was in the van
and you have to cut some of the fan shild if you have one as far as the e brake i just unbolted it, lifted the van and rebolted it


are you talking about my steering shaft if so i kinda built mine own, i took two steering shafts and had someone weld them ill post pics when its not so cold.
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Re: 3" Body Lift On My 97 Astro

Postby B-rad » November 25th 2010, 7:00am

grandamle91 wrote: are you talking about my steering shaft if so i kinda built mine own, i took two steering shafts and had someone weld them ill post pics when its not so cold.



Ahhh good to know... when I asked a few post back I thought you just let it slide out and was fine as is.
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Re: 3" Body Lift On My 97 Astro

Postby grandamle91 [OP] » November 25th 2010, 7:04am

Gary wrote:
grandamle91 wrote:I got a 2 inchs left, dont i couldnt tell you what a safe amount is


Hey Evan,Dan at Overland told me he wouldn't go much farther than 2" lift without a extension and he hadn't built that part yet.The member "Chops" found a Savana (sp) full size van fit and was useful on his 5" lift,so I would think it would easily cover a 3" lift.In fact that is what I plan to use on my van.Not for nothing.



I used the same grade that was in the van
and you have to cut some of the fan shild if you have one as far as the e brake i just unbolted it, lifted the van and rebolted it


are you talking about my steering shaft if so i kinda built mine own, i took two steering shafts and had someone weld them ill post pics when its not so cold.
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Re: 3" Body Lift On My 97 Astro

Postby Gary » November 25th 2010, 7:12am

Evan-N/P on the pictures.Camera's don't like big swings in temps.(yeah don't ask how I found that out :doh: )When you can bud.
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Re: 3" Body Lift On My 97 Astro

Postby B-rad » November 29th 2010, 5:37am

I have been waiting for the pic of the steering shaft, but you have to extended it to work though for sure or am I missing something? I know OLV say nothing of this with the 96+ vans, is the 1" extra lift that makes you need the extention? :swerve:
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Re: 3" Body Lift On My 97 Astro

Postby Gary » November 29th 2010, 7:19am

Yeah-I am thinking I remember in exchanges in emails I had with Dan the old owner of OLV,he told me it was one of the things he hadn't built yet.He told me he had some of the things for a 3" lift,but not a kit done yet.That was just after he got sick and couldn't finish building a 3" lift kit.The other thing was he said he was having trouble with rad hose extensions.I was always kind of confused by that because I thought you could just use two hoses with clamps and a pipe between them to make up one that was long enough.

For me anyways,I error on the side of safety.That said,the full size steering shaft would cover easily a 3" lift with room to spare.
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Re: 3" Body Lift On My 97 Astro

Postby loopie » November 30th 2010, 8:44am

Gary wrote:.... 3" lift kit.The other thing was he said he was having trouble with rad hose extensions.I was always kind of confused by that because I thought you could just use two hoses with clamps and a pipe between them to make up one that was long enough....


I agree completely Gary. Sure, maybe it'd be troublesome, or even impossible, to find a readily available one piece molded hose that'll fit our vans with a 3" bodylift...but a splice as you suggest is an easy remedy if needed. Very easy.
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Re: 3" Body Lift On My 97 Astro

Postby B-rad » December 1st 2010, 4:47am

What year/ model van do you get the longer steering shaft from? I have all my parts (I think) I am just making sure I have everything I need to make this as easy as posable.... I can't afford wasted time or down time!

I am tired of looking at all my parts in the garage and not on my van.... That and people that bought a house down the road from me have an E350 4x4 with what looks like 35's that makes me want mine to be like that even more!
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