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Thanks. It was good to knock it out - it's been too long since I did real work on the van. Life is busy, ya know?

Of course, now I'm looking at all the things I haven't noticed (or probably more accurately, been willfully ignoring). Like this photo - when I jacked up the left side, maybe I didn't spread the force out enough, maybe it was just ready to go - I crunched this end of the radiator support. Seems like this is a spot that's pretty rust prone, and I'd like to not end up like some of the other vans I've seen where the front end becomes swiss cheese. I guess in the immediate I'll wire wheel back all of the bubbles and spray the whole front section with rust reformer. That crack will probably need a patch welded in though...? Oh well, I've been wanting to learn :roll:

 

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Thanks. It was good to knock it out - it's been too long since I did real work on the van. Life is busy, ya know?

Of course, now I'm looking at all the things I haven't noticed (or probably more accurately, been willfully ignoring). Like this photo - when I jacked up the left side, maybe I didn't spread the force out enough, maybe it was just ready to go - I crunched this end of the radiator support. Seems like this is a spot that's pretty rust prone, and I'd like to not end up like some of the other vans I've seen where the front end becomes swiss cheese. I guess in the immediate I'll wire wheel back all of the bubbles and spray the whole front section with rust reformer. That crack will probably need a patch welded in though...? Oh well, I've been wanting to learn :roll:

OK - I'll be the first to admit - I don't understand how you were responsible - other than you did the lift...

Mike
 

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What is your point,son! Websites and selling items change,why try to make an issue where there is no issue? the dimensions were posted, that is all you need.
I was literally asking a legitimate question regarding a discrepancy. What does your reply accomplish exactly? Sorry I'd like to make sure I get the right equipment :shrug:
 

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For gen 1 there is no rubber boot on the steering shaft on gen 1 vans not even sure why they put one on the 2nd gen vans. I did a 2" budget lift after I installed steel leaf's from a 2nd gen van. I did not need to touch the steering shaft as mine was adjustable as I believe all 1st gens are to a point. There is a small set screw to loosen for adjustments. not criticizing just stating this for any gen 1 guys reading it.
 

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Hi all. I've read the entirety of both this budget 2+1 lift and the "normal" one. A few years back I had new leaf springs installed. The rear of the van measures about 31 inches from floor to the center of the fender. My front sits about 27-28 inches from floor to center of fender. Would body spacers + torsion adjustment correct my "nosedive"? TIA.
 

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Hi all. I've read the entirety of both this budget 2+1 lift and the "normal" one. A few years back I had new leaf springs installed. The rear of the van measures about 31 inches from floor to the center of the fender. My front sits about 27-28 inches from floor to center of fender. Would body spacers + torsion adjustment correct my "nosedive"? TIA.
I would do the lift blocks and leave the torsion adjustment alone, your CV joints will thank you ;)
 

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I would do the lift blocks and leave the torsion adjustment alone, your CV joints will thank you ;)
The problem is worse than I expected. Upon looking at the body mounts, I noticed how rotten my core supports are in the front. There’s not much holding the radiator support up. I don’t really want to try and replace the core support, so I’m going to try the drummer’s fix.
 

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I had been disappointed to notice that my shackles did not have the grease fittings…. But it is not unlikely that the petroleum based grease actually degrades the rubber….

Just something to consider.

My 92:

Replaced blown bushings on my rear lift-shackles. Both sides were completely blown out.
Firm shifts (behind my V8) really banged bushings metal to metal.

I lifted my van with floor jack and block under trailer-hitch (no photo)
It's being held up (in this photo) by jack-stands further up (with rear-end hanging freely)
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To pull shackles, I did not need to disconnect shocks
(you can flex springs up or down easily by hand to slide out bolts)
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I suspect petroleum-based grease ate up the bushings, since they were only a few years old.
Poly-urethane manufacturers suggest to use ONLY silicone based grease.
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For reference, bushings (on these lift shackles) are 1.5" OD x 3/4" ID (for sleeve)
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Sleeve is 3/4" OD x 1/2" ID (x 3.5" long for Gen1 monoleaf)
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I found replacement bushings by Energy Suspension #3.2124G for $18 Amazon (also available in red)
This bushing set will work for either Gen 1 or Gen 2 using this brand lift shackle
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Product comes with 4 bushings, 2 sleeves (not used).. and silicone grease.

All cleaned up, lubed, and ready to go in.
I recommend (this time) do not use zerk fittings (pumped with petroleum based grease)...
but coat bushings with silicone grease by hand.
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FUN NOTE: Due to weak worn springs... I run diver-side one hole higher than passenger side
(to compensate for weight and worn DS spring... to level the vehicle)
Each hole is good for 1/2" lift increment (since adjusting only rear side of spring)
Van now sits perfectly level (left to right)
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Only hand tools needed for entire job: 13/16 wrench, 13/16 ratchet & socket, 7/8 wrench
Both sides done (job about 20 min per side max)
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Took it for it's test drive next morning to local car show... rode great as always!
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Happy again... LIFE IS GOOD!
 
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