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Postby markmitch [OP] » November 27th 2018, 5:41pm

When I first got my van the front shocks were were original equipment and junk so in order to get them out I had to remove the stock upper ball joints so at the time I was kinda broke myself so i got the cheapest ball joints from rock auto just to allow me to be able to move my van if needed. So here I am ready to put my van on the road soon and I remembered the ball joints. So I was on line during cyber Monday and found a set of 2 inch drop front springs from Western Chassis for 60 bucks plus shipping and ordered them and also a set of moog upper ball joints from rock auto. So i will take pictures when I do this swap. I will be replacing the stock coil springs with these new 2 inch drop springs. :ty:
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Re: lowering springs

Postby WoodButcher » November 27th 2018, 11:48pm

I'd be interested, more input johnny5!
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Re: lowering springs

Postby akforceten » November 28th 2018, 12:03am

I got a set of 2" ebach front lowering springs which I used in my 92 Astro. It brought the front down nicely
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Re: lowering springs

Postby TurnNburn » November 28th 2018, 12:11am

How would you drop the rear to match? Don't you have the fiberglass springs still?
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Re: lowering springs

Postby akforceten » November 28th 2018, 12:39am

I didn't do anything to the rear except change the fiberglass leaf to a steel one that was designed to fit the clamshell up front. This is my introduction to Astro vans

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Re: lowering springs

Postby markmitch [OP] » November 28th 2018, 2:04am

I swapped my glass springs out last year to the complete steel set with brackets from a 2000 safari in pick n pull and its staying that high so I can tow my camper trailer safely.
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Re: lowering springs

Postby Mmusicman » November 28th 2018, 2:30am

I cut one coil, gave me almost 2" drop.
Ride was unaffected.

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Re: lowering springs

Postby TurnNburn » November 28th 2018, 5:22pm

I personally think that dropping the front down that low without dropping the rear just looks funky. But hey, not my rig.
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Re: lowering springs

Postby markmitch [OP] » November 28th 2018, 7:30pm

See I think lowering the whole vehicle makes it look like its broken, to each there own. I like the hot rod rake on my shorty now on a full size gen 2 not so much.
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Postby Mmusicman » November 28th 2018, 9:05pm

markmitch wrote:See I think lowering the whole vehicle makes it look like its broken

I've always felt the same

I like the hot rod rake on my shorty

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Re: lowering springs

Postby 1lowcab » November 28th 2018, 11:21pm

I like both, a rake on some things and a full slam on others.

On the gen 1's I like both also.

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Different strokes for different folks and different drops for different style builds.
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Re: lowering springs

Postby sixsix » November 29th 2018, 1:38am

hmmm... no GEN IIs



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Re: lowering springs

Postby 1lowcab » November 29th 2018, 2:21am

hmmm... no GEN IIs


They were referencing gen 1's up there, but gen II's look just as good.

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Re: lowering springs

Postby markmitch [OP] » November 29th 2018, 2:50am

yeah I definitely would never own rubber band tires on anything. the only thing huge rims are good for is if you had to have huge brakes for racing but again to each there own
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Re: lowering springs

Postby 1lowcab » November 29th 2018, 3:15am

Yup, if everybody built in the same style, car shows would be pretty freakin boring. lol!
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Re: lowering springs

Postby markmitch [OP] » November 30th 2018, 5:27pm

New 2 inch drop springs came in today from western chassis, with shipping I paid 80 bucks. Not bad for new springs right?
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Re: lowering springs

Postby Mmusicman » November 30th 2018, 5:40pm

Not bad.
I paid $50 for Moog Progressives springs (with free shipping)
...and had to cut my own coils.

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Postby AstroWill » November 30th 2018, 6:34pm

If the tires are all the same, it looks better with a level drop IMO. However, with the fat tires in the rear, I think they look better with a little rake.

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Re: lowering springs

Postby markmitch [OP] » December 3rd 2018, 1:40am

I measured all 4 corners and from the ground to the wheel well lip it is 30 inches using the center of the wheel to be exact on all 4 corners. Today (Sunday Dec 2, 2018) I took the passenger side apart and removed the upper ball joint, sway bar link, new brake line I swapped in about a month ago and dropped the lower a frame all the way down and pulled the old spring out. Installed the new spring, replaced the upper ball joint new polyurethane equipped sway bar link and then finished assembling it. It definitely sits lower on this corner. I will need to replace the lower ball joints since this side is kinda sloppy but I don't have it here so it will have to be done soon.
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Re: lowering springs

Postby Mmusicman » December 3rd 2018, 2:31am

Mark, here's my measurements for comparison...

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Rear 29" (aprox 3" above tire) 295/50-15

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