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by mdmead
Tue Nov 12, 2019 5:24 am
Topic: 1987 Astro Tiger 2wd To AWD/4x4
Replies: 2
Views: 1493

Re: 1987 Astro Tiger 2wd To AWD/4x4

Hey guys. I Understand that there is a lot of information on this forum and others. A lot of the information i have found by spending hrs looking at my screen is on second gen astros. So please forgive me if i have missed a previous post and would greatly appreciate a redirect . Welcome! Finally go...
by mdmead
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:38 pm
Topic: Front diff swap
Replies: 10
Views: 1875

Re: Front diff swap

Nice work!
by mdmead
Fri Aug 02, 2019 4:41 pm
Topic: AWD Rack and Pinion install
Replies: 13
Views: 3106

Re: AWD Rack and Pinion install

Very cool! I'll be anxious to hear how it works out long term. Obviously my van is far from being on the road, but this is an upgrade that is on my radar for the future.
by mdmead
Sun Jun 23, 2019 4:43 am
Forum: OFF TOPIC - We have SMURFS!!!!!
Topic: lets watch some videos
Replies: 1
Views: 754

Re: lets watch some videos

This is pretty sweet! As I commented on the video itself, I'd have liked to see this in a '98 or earlier van with the viscous t-case. This one performed really well though. My daily driver is an AWD Suzuki SX-4. With the stability control electronics engaged, it is actually scary to try and drive fa...
by mdmead
Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:34 am
Forum: OFF TOPIC - We have SMURFS!!!!!
Topic: R.I.P. T.Low you will be missed
Replies: 7
Views: 1803

Re: R.I.P. T.Low you will be missed

I met Tom twice. The first time was before his diagnosis when he showed up at my door on a Sunday morning. He was in town visiting friends and decided to look me up before he left. I was happy he did! The second time was on a four wheeling trip where I was able to watch his van in action. He was in ...
by mdmead
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:44 am
Topic: Jeep Wrangler front axle into AWD Astro project
Replies: 2
Views: 1315

Re: Jeep Wrangler front axle into AWD Astro project

Astrophysics wrote:Hi,

The Journeys Off Road guys in AZ have a test Adtro with Jeep solid axle installed. Very interesting with photos.

You can't post this without a link! :poke: ... build.html
by mdmead
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:24 am
Forum: OFF TOPIC - We have SMURFS!!!!!
Topic: I'm now a registered member of ALS forum
Replies: 28
Views: 11646

Re: I'm now a registered member of ALS forum

Wow, I'd actually searched obits in the Bellingham area in the past, figuring Tom had passed. Having had another friend pass from ALS, it seems Tom lived longer than many. Such a terrible disease. Unfair. I met Tom twice. Once he showed up on my doorstep out of the blue. He was good friends with a f...
by mdmead
Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:15 pm
Topic: Lifted 4WD 5 Speed
Replies: 7
Views: 2391

Re: Lifted 4WD 5 Speed

Bummer! Hate to see you have to sell it.
by mdmead
Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:02 pm
Topic: New guy in Washinton
Replies: 4
Views: 1625

Re: New guy in Washinton

Welcome! Where abouts in WA? I'm in Selah, right next to Yakima.
by mdmead
Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:20 pm
Topic: Airbags for a 4” lifted van
Replies: 4
Views: 1645

Re: Airbags for a 4” lifted van

I haven't looked at the airbag system for our vans closely, but it seems the easiest solution would be to buy an Astro/Safari kit and just extend the upper or lower bag mount the lifted amount. Just a bit of welding I'd guess. (In theory, I'll face this one day myself as I'm hoping to someday use my...
by mdmead
Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:45 pm
Topic: Winch capacity for AStro AWD, Warn M8000 vs M10000, vs VR100
Replies: 19
Views: 5738

Re: Winch capacity for AStro AWD, Warn M8000 vs M10000, vs V

I see no reason to go greater than a quality 8,000 lb winch. If you can't get yourself out with 16,000 lb worth of pull (double line), then maybe you are too stupid to be out in the woods in the first place. :muhaha: I've got to think too that given the capability of most 4x4 Astro/Safari vans, comm...
by mdmead
Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:54 pm
Topic: my 1993 Astro restoration
Replies: 17
Views: 4822

Re: my 1993 Astro restoration

Welcome back! Stay away from Photobucket! (Unless you want to spend $399 a year for remote hosting. New rules/pricing now in effect.) I opened an account with Imgur; they still have free hosting. I'm thinking it might be better to use Facebook if you have an account. (Imgur may follow suit with Phot...
by mdmead
Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:53 am
Forum: Van Campers
Topic: Herbie's Astrolander/ZMB build thread
Replies: 90
Views: 69837

Re: Herbie's Astrolander/ZMB build thread

by mdmead
Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:27 am
Topic: Truck topper for DIY high top?
Replies: 4
Views: 1899

Re: Truck topper for DIY high top?

I don't think building one... even one that looks reasonably good... would be too difficult. That being said, I've got to think a person could find a clapped out hi-top Astro or Safari for pretty cheap and just take the top off of it. (Who knows, maybe the rest of the van could be parted as well to ...
by mdmead
Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:22 pm
Topic: change engine
Replies: 10
Views: 7729

Re: change engine

A diesel conversion would be cool from the engineering and 'dare to be different' point of view, but I agree it is far from cost effective. I'd have to side with AstroWill on this one. I'd guess for $1,000, you could have a custom tank fabricated that would improve your range to exceed that of a die...