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AWD Conversion astro

Postby Floydyisms [OP] » June 24th 2010, 4:37am

Hey all, and please feel free to tell me if I posted in the wrong area...I havent posted for quite awhile, but now I have a question which needs some good advice and or personal knowledge. I have a RWD astro and love it, but would prefer an AWD. A woman I know has an 02 AWD conversion (raised roof, leather, third row into a bed, etc, etc), now my question is this: I plan on raising it 4 inches with the overland kit and running 30s on it for when we go camping, which is a lot...has anyone ever seen a conversion raised? will I have problems raising it that I normally wouldnt with raising a standard AWD?? any help, opinions or just telling me im crazy will be appreciated..L..

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Re: AWD Conversion astro

Postby workinVan » June 24th 2010, 5:28am

it should be the same as lifting any other awd, the conversions are just on the interior and paint jobs.
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Re: AWD Conversion astro

Postby astroturf » June 24th 2010, 12:33pm

Possible, Yes. I think it would look kinda KEWL. Now as you mention, you were away for a time. So I would like to take this time to remind you that...

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Re: AWD Conversion astro

Postby Gary » June 24th 2010, 2:44pm

Consider the VSS and how the tire size impacts that and having to check/shim the pinion angle.Gas mileage with AWD's aren't the greatest......so the tires will make that somewhat worse.
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Re: AWD Conversion astro

Postby icebrrg3rd » June 24th 2010, 3:16pm

Since it would be lifted with larger tires AND have a raised roof, make sure you measure your overall height, as some places like fast food restaurants have low overhangs. Hate to see you rip your roof off. Other than that, it would be like lifting a standard AWD 4", which have been documented in numerous builds. If you have some specific questions, those who have done it will usually join in when they see it and help out with info.

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Re: AWD Conversion astro

Postby AmericanMade717 » June 24th 2010, 11:04pm

If you are planing to jack it up and use it for off road, and you already have a 2wd, why not scratch the AWD and go strait for a 4WD. I'm not sure but I would think the 4WD transfer cases out of the S-10's and Blazers and even full sizes like the Tahoes and Silverados would bolt right up scince they all have the same 4L60-E trans, then just use the regular AWD front diff and drivesaft to conect it all. IDK if this works but it sounds like it should, I'd like to see someone do this cause I havent hear of it before.
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Re: AWD Conversion astro

Postby unrreal » June 24th 2010, 11:49pm

AmericanMade717. yes it has been done before by t.low on the other forum he used the 4x4 t-case out of a blazer and added it into his van.
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Re: AWD Conversion astro

Postby Floydyisms [OP] » June 25th 2010, 6:24am

ok, so if I am understanding this right...I can convert my RWD to a 4X4?? That would be great! I had asked this b4 and was told easier to get a new van...is the information on the old forum still??? and how would I find it??

Thanks for everyones input....and not getting into the whole short tailpipe thing..im new here...L

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Re: AWD Conversion astro

Postby unrreal » June 26th 2010, 12:01am

Floydyisms wrote:ok, so if I am understanding this right...I can convert my RWD to a 4X4?? That would be great! I had asked this b4 and was told easier to get a new van...is the information on the old forum still??? and how would I find it??

Thanks for everyones input....and not getting into the whole short tailpipe thing..im new here...L

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no what i meant is that he converted his AWD into 4x4 by swapping the t-case some wiring and driveshaft.
I dont think you can convert a 2wd to 4x4 without some big modifications and maybe custom driveshafts..
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Re: AWD Conversion astro

Postby Floydyisms [OP] » June 26th 2010, 4:51am

ahhhh..so I misunderstood...thats normal..L..so im back to looking at this noc conversion, not a bad thought and I do think it will look kinda cool...just wont be able to put a nice rack on top..oh well...
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Re: AWD Conversion astro

Postby cowboydan » July 12th 2010, 4:50pm

my van is unibody. quickest way i can think of is to swap the front clip. your going to need everything up front if you just want to do awd. if you want to do 4x4, then you will also need locking hub assemblies, a t-case with low range with the right adapter, shifter and a hole in the floor, or electronics added. you may want to change the dash in order to have the reqired lights. you might not be able to use the astro computer because it doesn't have 4x4 and it will throw a tranny code every time you disengage the front diff. manual hubs are prefered for off road use. it would cost around the same to buy another van that is awd. you can install a low rang 13/45 borg easy. but awd can run on pavement, 4x4 can't. basicaly this means losing full time 4wd capability. which ever way you choose, you'll have to trade something.

the jimmy/blazer, chevy 1500 with 4.3 would offer the best donor vehicles cause they have the same powertain, computer, tranny, and suitable t case options. wether the front clip bolts up i have no idea.... but i'm sure you will be mixing parts. make sure you write down everything you changed cause parts will be a [email protected]#$ later on as you forget.

if you have a full frame then, everthing is less complicated and a front diff and all other hardware is easily sourced.

i hope you go through with this project. a cool paint job is just at the nearest mudhole...keep the greasy side down!
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