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by Astrophysics
Sun Oct 25, 2020 6:15 am
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSION
Topic: looking for info for 1st gen AWD to 4x4 swap
Replies: 10
Views: 268

Re: looking for info for 1st gen AWD to 4x4 swap

Hi, Well, to be clear, the AWD Astro came from factory with single speed transfer case, T-case. There is no Low Range in OEM single speed T case. A 4 wheel drive 2 speed T case is of course what you need to install in AWD Astro to make it truly off road cable. A typical low range is 2.78:1. Reductio...
by Astrophysics
Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSION
Topic: looking for info for 1st gen AWD to 4x4 swap
Replies: 10
Views: 268

Re: looking for info for 1st gen AWD to 4x4 swap

Hi Everyone, Yes, I put the no231c in my 2003 AWD Astro. It is great with the manual shifter. I got nice floor shifter from the guy in Oregon that does 231 shifters for Jeeps, etc. JB Fab Salem Oregon Jon B. Jonb@jbfab.net 503 749-3099 503 932-6978 The floor shifter is very good. It has nice heavy d...
by Astrophysics
Sat Sep 26, 2020 6:21 am
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSION
Topic: What did you do to/with your van today?
Replies: 2536
Views: 449799

Re: What did you do to/with your van today?

Hi Herbie, Yes, I am in San Jose, CA. I got an estimate from Rearend Specialist in Santa Clara for $2,200 to re gear front and rear to 4.10 ratio and a posi in rear.. Normally, . I would be interested in the rear axle with the 4.10 gears and the front axle too with 4.10. I have put off my gear updat...
by Astrophysics
Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:09 am
Forum: Van Campers
Topic: Herbie's Astrolander/ZMB build thread
Replies: 92
Views: 78706

Re: Herbie's Astrolander/ZMB build thread

Herbie,

That is super. A water pump and outside shower. Very nice.
I put a Road Shower 4 gal pressurized Black colored aluminum tank up on roof rack. I pump it to pressure with bicycle pump.

AP
by Astrophysics
Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:04 am
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSION
Topic: What did you do to/with your van today?
Replies: 2536
Views: 449799

Re: What did you do to/with your van today?

Hi Herbie,

Very nice use of space for your compressor.

My 2003 4x4 Astro still works great with np231 manual shift t case. And 30 " tires.
The 3.42 axle ratio came stock, and I still hope to change it to 3.73 or 4.10.

AP
by Astrophysics
Sun Sep 20, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSION
Topic: What did you do to/with your van today?
Replies: 2536
Views: 449799

Re: What did you do to/with your van today?

Hi Again,

It looks like you could have the old one welded.

It appears to be an L bracket type brace made from heavy stamped sheet metal.

You could also get a 4x4 shop or machine shop to fabricate a new L bracket from a bit thicker steel.
Maybe 1/8" thick steel.

AP
by Astrophysics
Sun Sep 20, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSION
Topic: What did you do to/with your van today?
Replies: 2536
Views: 449799

Re: What did you do to/with your van today?

Hi Again,

It looks like you could have the old one welded.

It appears to be an L bracket type brace made from heavy stamped sheet metal.

You could also get a 4x4 shop or machine shop to fabricate a new L bracket from a bit thicker steel.
Maybe 1/8" thick steel.

AP
by Astrophysics
Sun Sep 13, 2020 4:10 am
Forum: INTERIOR
Topic: Driver's Seat Flip
Replies: 6
Views: 723

Re: Driver's Seat Flip

Hi Herbie, I installed bucket seats into my 2003 Astro that do fold forward flat. These seats were from a 2008 or so Olds Silhouette mini van . They were actually in the place were 1 row bench seat would be. The passenger front fold flat easily. To fold the drivers side flat, I do need to temporaril...
by Astrophysics
Thu Sep 03, 2020 5:53 am
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSION
Topic: What did you do to/with your van today?
Replies: 2536
Views: 449799

Re: What did you do to/with your van today?

Howdy, You should get that=t bracket fixed if you plan to drive in snow or mud or dirt roads where the AWD transfer case send Torque to front wheels. Some steel mending plate could be welded to mend it, or at least drill and bolt some heavy or medium steel corner brace or L bracket to give it some f...
by Astrophysics
Wed Sep 02, 2020 4:05 am
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSION
Topic: What did you do to/with your van today?
Replies: 2536
Views: 449799

Re: What did you do to/with your van today?

Hi, The metal lines are better in the sense that they are more compact and are have OEM pre formed shape to fit snug. They do have a rubber center connector to isolate the vibration of the engine oil filter fitting from the fixed radiator. Look at the Dorman kit to see what I mean. Just google Dorma...
by Astrophysics
Wed Sep 02, 2020 3:27 am
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSION
Topic: What did you do to/with your van today?
Replies: 2536
Views: 449799

Re: What did you do to/with your van today?

Hi Gunther, The Hayden kit Oil cooler is the traditional type that is added to engines for racing. It looks great, with its own dedicated radiator . However, the Astro already has an engine oil cooler that circulates the engine oil from the adapter at the oil filter up to fittings in the core of the...
by Astrophysics
Tue Sep 01, 2020 3:19 am
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSION
Topic: What did you do to/with your van today?
Replies: 2536
Views: 449799

Re: What did you do to/with your van today?

Hi,

Oil coolant line kit from Dorman is only about $80

It is an awesome kit.

It is well worth restoring the engine oil cooler.
Heat is the enemy of engine oil.
Want 300,000 mile on your v6 4.3 liter motor?
Hook up a new Dorman oil cooler.
Especially for stop and go driving.

Just saying...

AP
by Astrophysics
Thu Aug 27, 2020 4:27 am
Forum: BRAKES
Topic: Complete change of rake fluid (2005 AWD Astro)
Replies: 22
Views: 8453

Re: Complete change of rake fluid (2005 AWD Astro)

Hi All,
Just re-read brake improvement and maintenance topics. My 2003 AWD/ 4WD has 135,000 miles.
I would like stringer brakes.
May look for new hoses and mabye new master cylinder.
I do have new hydra boost unit.
Original calipers and mid grade pads.

AP
by Astrophysics
Mon Aug 24, 2020 4:33 am
Forum: FRONT AXLE / DRIVE AND CV SHAFTS
Topic: Torsen front diff and two piece axle?
Replies: 7
Views: 813

Re: Torsen front diff and two piece axle?

Hi Capt, Been doing great. I am happy that the Astro forum is back. My Astro does pretty good with np231 manual shift low range. I do fire roads And hills and still am a newbie to creek crossings, etc. I would like to try Mendocino or Tahoe dirt trails this fall. I should search for zr1 S10 and get ...
by Astrophysics
Mon Aug 24, 2020 4:23 am
Forum: BRAKES
Topic: parking brake adjustment & locking clamp
Replies: 5
Views: 875

Re: parking brake adjustment & locking clamp

Hi Herbie, You have a good logical approach. The OEM adjuster was always kinda weird on my 2003 Astro. Maybe I did not really understand the jam nut on it. Maybe it tended to vibrate loose and back off? Maybe the OEM cable has stretched? Also, I must admit that I often like to design little improvem...