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My torsion bar broke and my van sagged down 2 feet on that side. Drove home 3 blocks away. No one sells 1994 astro safari torsion bars. Sometimes on eBay some appear. I was in shock. GM discontinued making them. I waited a month. Nope. No one has them. Parts shortage. Went to local junk yards. Nope. There is a parts finder website that is connected to junk yards across America. They had some in Farmington New Mexico and Iowa. Called Iowa and they said they would send me the whole assembly for $240. Two torsion bars left and right. The keys and wedges with screw.
I had to grind off the adapter shroud thing. I used an electric grinder with the shroud taken off. Be careful. It took an hour or so to grind that thing off then clean up the area so it could slide out. The key slide out. The new bar is from a 1998. It is shorter. I cleaned the ends up with wire brush to get rust off. So it would slide in the key and van easy.
The old bar is longer and had snapped. See pictures. On the ends of the bars are stamped part numbers and left or right. You can put the 1998 key in your pre1995 van. So once the hanging shroud adapter was ground off with my electric grinder and the key was removed everything was easy.
I had ground the adapter off in two pieces. I was unsure where it had broke. You would only have to grind it off as close as possibly to the key. I had the whole assembly but only used the left side torsion bar and key which fit in fine to my stock old assembly.