New guy....2005 Astro AWD build

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Re: New guy....2005 Astro AWD build

Postby Onthewater01 [OP] » June 13th 2020, 6:38pm

Nice Augi! did you just finish polishing your shock and bump stop? That thing is clean! :P

Here's a pic of mine....is yours a gen 2? I see you have rear drums. maybe that's the difference?

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Re: New guy....2005 Astro AWD build

Postby augidog » June 13th 2020, 11:47pm

the new shocks and bump stops are not something I'll be polishing, they'll be dirty soon enough. here's a fresh pic with P215/75R15's for height comparison. I see now I need to bring the torsion bars up a bit. tomorrow.
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I don't know what Gen my 1995 is, chassis-wise. the clamshells and bracketing looks identical, so I don't have a clue why mine aren't seated. are my leafs a heavier gauge? hard to tell from our comparison pictures.
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Re: New guy....2005 Astro AWD build

Postby Onthewater01 [OP] » June 14th 2020, 3:08am

Now that's one nice looking van! I'm jealous of you west coasters....vehicles hold up so much better there than here in the salt belt!

A few more turns on your torsion bar adjusters and she'll be sitting perfect! My only comment on your clam shells is that if it were me, I'd fill that gap with a couple of washers and tighten up to them. Whenever you have a gap like that it creates a situation where over time that nut could loosen up....and you wouldn't want that!
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Re: New guy....2005 Astro AWD build

Postby augidog » June 14th 2020, 7:09am

agreed about the gap, but not sure how to determine the exact thickness of washer. I'm going to have to pick up the axle, loosen everything, and take measurements. maybe, just maybe, loosening the outer u-bolt might close the gap on the inner bolts.

speaking of measurements and comparison, which is why I responded in the first place...I'm not familiar with lift kits, and am wondering are your S10 springs on the original hangers and shackles but have a higher arch?

and one other thing. I bought good-looking, but you are making good-looking, and I admire the work you've done.
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Re: New guy....2005 Astro AWD build

Postby Onthewater01 [OP] » June 30th 2020, 5:47pm

Yep,

The S-10 springs add 3.5" of arch height. Same load rating as the original Astro springs.
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