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AWD to 2WD conversion

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Hey all, I'm new.

I don't have an astro, but I'm asking the question for a friend that just picked up a 96' AWD auto astro for 300 bucks 2 weeks ago.
this is what we've done already:
Power steering pump
new serp. belt
new belt tensioner
cragar V-5 black steelies
new tires
new rotors and pads
removed clutch fan / shrowd and installed electric fan. (you can see the front of the engine now!!) :whack:
Cone filter intake

so next step... he and I decided to convert it from AWD (it doesn't snow here, and he doesn't want to take it off road) to RWD... I was under there and thought, damn, this could be really easy! all i gotta do is pull the front drive axles and diff, the front driveshaft, and yank the transfer case. then in it's place just get a 2wd tailshaft and connect it to the rear driveshaft and drive! :swerve:

my question: is it really that easy? what year astro's shared the same tranny that's in this one? what year tailshaft should i look for to put in there to make it 2wd? is there anything ELSE i have to do to complete the conversion?

thanks everyone
- Lash
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knelsonhfs said:
about two years ago I was having all kinds of issues with my 93 astro awd. Binding like crazy around tight slow turns like backing out of a parking space. The first time it happened at a safeway. Slamed the front end so hard i thought i hit a car. :eek: Dealt with it for a couple of weeks and finally said screw this and went ahead and pulled the front drive shaft and left everything else in tact. It was like (and still is) driving a new rig. :layrubber: Never have had one problem in doing this. :rockon:
good luck....Kelly
I don't understand the other responses in this thread. I pull my front driveshaft every April and put it back every November. I have been doing this for three years (as long as I have owned my 91 AWD) and have never had any issues. Mileage improves between 1-2 mpg when I remove it.
Perhaps my mileage has been the key then. I put about 150 miles per week on it. Sometimes a bit less. Almost none of it highway mileage. I only track my mileage by filling up the tank twice right after I swap it in or out. Is there a difference between the coupler on the 91s and the 97s?
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