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Re: 2004 AWD Base Astro - DCsleeper

Postby AstroWill » October 7th 2020, 12:03pm

Keep your receipt, 'might' be able to get a BF price match/adjustment.

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Re: 2004 AWD Base Astro - DCsleeper

Postby dcsleeperdcsleeper is online! [OP] » October 7th 2020, 2:31pm

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Re: 2004 AWD Base Astro - DCsleeper

Postby AstroWill » October 7th 2020, 3:40pm

Black Friday.

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Postby dcsleeperdcsleeper is online! [OP] » October 31st 2020, 6:05am

So I'm cheap but you guys knew that already...
I ordered subframe poly bushings from Amazon warehouse.
$32 but they showed up as 4.5 bushings, not 6
returned and bought new
$52 good price, been watching these for a while.....

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B003AVR8FQ/

Just looked and now they're $65 with a 2 month wait. Gotta love Amazon!

and I just happened to look at RockAuto and they had front shocks for $9 each. I'm in.
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Re: 2004 AWD Base Astro - DCsleeper

Postby AstroWill » October 31st 2020, 9:25pm

dcsleeper wrote:https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B003AVR8FQ/
Just looked and now they're $65 with a 2 month wait. Gotta love Amazon!


Now they are $54 with delivery this coming week. Changes when the wind changes :)

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Re: 2004 AWD Base Astro - DCsleeper

Postby dcsleeperdcsleeper is online! [OP] » November 2nd 2020, 11:45pm

got poly body bushings today, sweet!

just ordered:
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lubelocker permanent diff gasket

hoping for a deal on a torsen soon!
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Re: 2004 AWD Base Astro - DCsleeper

Postby dcsleeperdcsleeper is online! [OP] » November 5th 2020, 9:25pm

got the $9 front shocks, yeah!
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Re: 2004 AWD Base Astro - DCsleeper

Postby Rod's Trucks » November 5th 2020, 11:01pm

Personally I would probably take a PASS on most $9 shocks. But, with the Gabriel name on them, I might consider them for a light duty use.
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Re: 2004 AWD Base Astro - DCsleeper

Postby Mmusicman » November 5th 2020, 11:09pm

Rod's Trucks wrote:Personally I would probably take a PASS on most $9 shocks.

AGREED... chancing short-lived or poor ride performance may not be worth saving a few bucks.
Gabrial was always "budget/economy" in my book.
But hopefully they will fit YOUR needs.
They'll probably be fine at first...
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Re: 2004 AWD Base Astro - DCsleeper

Postby dcsleeperdcsleeper is online! [OP] » November 6th 2020, 11:29pm

sheesh, you guys don't know how to play the cheap game.
If they work, I'm way ahead, if they suck I'm out 9 bux x2.

got the corvette servo, shift kit and aluminum pan, which is quite nice.....
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Re: 2004 AWD Base Astro - DCsleeper

Postby sixsix » November 7th 2020, 3:03pm

dcsleeper wrote:sheesh, you guys don't know how to play the cheap game.

That is really funny, dc...
Window motor CB rebuild comes to mind.
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Well, after all... what would Banacek say ?... “May be hard to believe... President Trump should rest easy and concede what was in fact a foregone conclusion: Another OLD MAN won with only about 50% of the Change Believers/Fools showing up."

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Re: 2004 AWD Base Astro - DCsleeper

Postby dcsleeperdcsleeper is online! [OP] » November 7th 2020, 6:12pm

You weren't called out. On Fords the electric lock motor is the same way, you gotta bridge a current limiter once they quit having enough power to stroke the lock.
IOW, BTDT

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Re: 2004 AWD Base Astro - DCsleeper

Postby Meterpig » November 8th 2020, 5:41am

The body lift is nice if not for just being able to get in around the motor much easier to fix stuff and to change plugs. Look for rust around the two front body mounts. Plus you will need longer bolts probably. It's easier/harder than it looks.

I don't like helper/shocks at all but it's a thing around here...Personally I like better leaf springs but they are a bear to change and helper shocks (effectively struts) make it easy to swap. The downside is, if you are going to do a real suspension lift, they might work still? It's all trial and error.

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Re: 2004 AWD Base Astro - DCsleeper

Postby dcsleeperdcsleeper is online! [OP] » November 9th 2020, 1:09am

I'm aware of your position regarding NP136. Basically I agree but haven't found a donor for a BW and it's driveshafts for me yet.

If I need more distance for the lift with shocks, I can do the Lumpy mod, but most people say it's not needed.

I already have a 233 if needed.

Meterpig wrote:It's easier/harder than it looks.

gee, thanks!
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Re: 2004 AWD Base Astro - DCsleeper

Postby sixsix » November 10th 2020, 8:42pm

dc, sorry, meant to get back to ya' - been remodeling / rearranging/ cleaning / carpeting the entire house and of all things - now entertaining relatives / company for a week.
Worse than Biden getting elected...

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dcsleeper wrote:You weren't called out. On Fords the electric lock motor is the same way, you gotta bridge a current limiter once they quit having enough power to stroke the lock.
IOW, BTDT ...

No - did not think of it, cool - what the heck are those inits? ( too lazy to g00gull )


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dcsleeper wrote:sheesh, you guys don't know how to play the cheap game.

That is really funny, dc...
Window motor CB rebuild comes to mind.

Cheap is the name of our game here in the disabled / retired Marine / living off everyone working Land*...

* Especially AstroWill.

And what is it w/ Custom Tranny Pans these days? ( looks funny written... )
And... when did Lumpy say that about lifted Pacers?

And ... ... when will we get to see your " Alias (AKA) " ... I mean - we all put in our Locations and all - LOL

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Re: 2004 AWD Base Astro - DCsleeper

Postby sixsix » November 11th 2020, 9:23pm

sixsix wrote: Cheap is the name of our game here in the disabled / retired Marine / living off everyone working Land*...

* Especially AstroWill.


I was reminded by mgmt. that I was being a little too, let's say, "Bannably Brisk" in a post. ( Bannably is not a true word - so I had trouble spelling it ). If it were a word, I think that is how it would go.

To be perfectly honest - It was not meant "mean" as opposed to polar opposites - he's working, he's in charge, he can breathe, he knows our subject, he has me in his antagonistic palm...


sorry, dc, I was bummed.


:oops: :oops: :oops: :oops:
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Re: 2004 AWD Base Astro - DCsleeper

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