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Hi all. I have a 95 Astro cargo van.It averages 18 mpgs. Have gotten 21 mpg in it. Only had 41,000 miles on it when I purchased it. I`m 6` tall and it suits me. My bed is sideways at the back with three totes under the front and three under the back of the bed plus a plastic three door cabinet in My living space. Have a house battery. Considered solar but don" t have the need for it? As they say " I live out of it not in it", I roam around Ky and Tn with the Smokeys being my favorite place to dwell. Anybody else in hollering distance..HoboJoe
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With the astro vansits a body lift not suspencion 6 2 in pucks and longer shackels for rear
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Van Interior, this is comfortable for me, am 6'


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(03-01-2016, 07:17 PM)Campor99 Wrote: All 4 wheels drive when the rear wheels start slipping, dont know how it works but it does, Sec,s say the front kicks in and adds
35% traction add to rear wheels. Am still trying to find out other issues, but I ve never hung up in snow, ice or other situations.

This is not how all wheel drive works. Only one wheel drives at any time but it can be any of the four wheels depending on which one has best traction.
Peace

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(03-02-2016, 02:37 PM)Spirituallifetime Wrote: This is not how all wheel drive works. Only one wheel drives at any time but it can be any of the four wheels depending on which one has best traction.

Pardon, but you need to check GM New on Astro/Safari AWD, the rear wheels drive all the time and front only 35% add when slippage is detected,
but it works as a pure 4x4 when need per the GM description when needed. I would prefer a system like on a Jimmy that is select able with 2L 4L etc.

Thanks really appreciate you stopping by, show us you ride! best Frank
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who ever told you wouldn't need an alignment is flat out wrong unless you are talking a body lift. so I looked up lift kits and see they are a combination body and suspension. I don't like body lifts either. I feel 1 inch max on the body lift is all I would go. now you can find endless number of people that will disagree with me, I don't care. I am giving you advice for the long term, any type of lift on an independent suspension will make it less reliable and more prone to breakdown and wearing of parts. AWD's already wear parts needlessly, you will just accelerate this wear. so do what you want I am just letting you know ahead of time. highdesertranger
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(03-02-2016, 06:12 PM)highdesertranger Wrote: who ever told you wouldn't need an alignment is flat out wrong unless you are talking a body lift.  so I looked up lift kits and see they are a combination body and suspension.  I don't like body lifts either.  I feel 1 inch max on the body lift is all I would go.  now you can find endless number of people that will disagree with me,  I don't care.  I am giving you advice for the long term,  any type of lift on an independent suspension will make it less reliable and more prone to breakdown and wearing of parts.  AWD's already wear parts needlessly,  you will just accelerate this wear.  so do what you want I am just letting you know ahead of time.  highdesertranger

Thanks again, I keep seeing Astros/Safari vans lifted using the mod to the torsion bars and they seem happy with issue. Please check Tough County
lift kit and give me your advice, seems good to me, Have seen Vans lifted 6" or more, just want a few inches for transfer case and such, will only be
doing forest road etc not rock crawling etc.

Appreciate your information Frank
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the problem is not with rock crawling it's with everyday driving. I suggest you go for a ride in a torsion bar lifted vehicle. just because you have seen it doesn't mean it's a good idea. like I said before I am just trying to help you have the least trouble and the most reliability as possible with your van. you don't have to follow my advice. highdesertranger
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Umm.......why in the world would you lift a van. 4X4 is why God made Jeep and other vehicles. Don't use the but end of a screwdriver if you need a hammer.

John
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(03-02-2016, 06:59 PM)highdesertranger Wrote: the problem is not with rock crawling it's with everyday driving.  I suggest you go for a ride in a torsion bar lifted vehicle.  just because you have seen it doesn't mean it's a good idea.  like I said before I am just trying to help you have the least trouble and the most reliability as possible with your van.  you don't have to follow my advice.  highdesertranger
Thanks much, I will try and find a vehicle that has small amount of lift to test drive, I don't want to destroy the ride as I think the Astro is a
good riding machine.  Really appreciate you taking time to provide the advice.

What type of vehicle do you use? Best Frank
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