driveshaft shortcoming

driveshaft shortcoming

Postby cavegearhauler [OP] » May 3rd 2008, 10:23pm

OK so hi everybody. I am a newbie though I have been pouring over the site for a few weeks now. I have had my van for over five years, a 99 safari sle, and have been vanning for almostv twenty.
So I have been looking at some of the engine swaps and some of the lifts as I am thinking of doing both at the same time. I was going to drop the sub-frame but now am actually considering cutting the core support. I am shy one lift! So it seems everybody likes the 5.7 v8 and it seems like a good choice but in doing so they have to cut the shroud and change the mounts-- this allows the motor to move forward rather than the driveline move back. OK so getting to my point (yes, finally!) I have noticed some of the lifted vans seem to have the rear wheels a bit forward in the wheelwell. Does anybody see a major problem with simply letting the engine slide everything back a bit? This might kill two birds with one stone. I am sure theres a little linkage issues to mess with and of course the adapting of the tranny mount but other than that... anything?

Lastly, does anybody know exactly what the "drop spindles" overland sells are off of. I would rather buy them used and I doubt they have them cast-- it would be quite expensive and pretty much prohibitive for a small amount. I think they would better retain all the geometry for the front end than sprins and the only adjustment would be in the steering linkage. Bigger springs would change the camber would it not?

OK thanks so much to anybody who has some personal experience to answer these questions!! :-)

thanks in advance guys, and ladies, if applicable.
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Re: driveshaft shortcoming

Postby Gary » May 4th 2008, 1:15am

cavegearhauler wrote:OK so hi everybody. I am a newbie though I have been pouring over the site for a few weeks now. I have had my van for over five years, a 99 safari sle, and have been vanning for almostv twenty.
So I have been looking at some of the engine swaps and some of the lifts as I am thinking of doing both at the same time. I was going to drop the sub-frame but now am actually considering cutting the core support. I am shy one lift! So it seems everybody likes the 5.7 v8 and it seems like a good choice but in doing so they have to cut the shroud and change the mounts-- this allows the motor to move forward rather than the driveline move back. OK so getting to my point (yes, finally!) I have noticed some of the lifted vans seem to have the rear wheels a bit forward in the wheelwell. Does anybody see a major problem with simply letting the engine slide everything back a bit? This might kill two birds with one stone. I am sure theres a little linkage issues to mess with and of course the adapting of the tranny mount but other than that... anything?

Lastly, does anybody know exactly what the "drop spindles" overland sells are off of. I would rather buy them used and I doubt they have them cast-- it would be quite expensive and pretty much prohibitive for a small amount. I think they would better retain all the geometry for the front end than sprins and the only adjustment would be in the steering linkage. Bigger springs would change the camber would it not?

OK thanks so much to anybody who has some personal experience to answer these questions!! :-)

thanks in advance guys, and ladies, if applicable.
Matt :feedback:


Matt,
The engine mounts you see I would think takes the dog house spacing in consideration.Not knowing the history how these mounts came into play,that is the only thing I could think of.Try to think of the cradle you dealing with that has the engine/ tranny combo all in one.The amount of trimming of the fan shroud isn't much of a problem.
Chops is the guy you want a reply for the lifted part of your thread.
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Re: driveshaft shortcoming

Postby zombie{[six]} » October 19th 2008, 7:43am

bringing this back from the dead.... any answers on the lift spindles? if they use all 1500 series parts....maybe they are 1500 series lift spindles?
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