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by Ballenxj
Sat Mar 16, 2013 2:53 am
Forum: NON-STOCK ENGINE SWAP
Topic: Astro vs Lamborghini
Replies: 7
Views: 4690

Re: Astro vs Lamborghini

COOL video! I've actually seen (and posted it elsewhere) before, but it always brings a smile to my face when I watch it. :cheers:
-Bruce
by Ballenxj
Sun Jan 20, 2013 11:03 pm
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSION
Topic: Improve gas mileage
Replies: 20
Views: 8982

Re: Improve gas mileage

Performance air filters that are lubricated can and will contaminate the MAF sensor, the oil will attract dirt/trash. If airflow grams per second reading is off it can run richer than should and equal low mpg. Thanks for the tip. I was considering a K&N filter, but just hadn't gotten around to it y...
by Ballenxj
Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:41 pm
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSION
Topic: Towing an Astro or Safari van
Replies: 12
Views: 3878

Re: Towing an Astro or Safari van

What is the reason for towing your van? If you are using it as a toad, go with a disconnect (if available) as Gary suggested. We tow our Ford Focus behind out motorhome on a tow dolly and it is a royal PITA!! I've got the procedure down, and can do it fairly quickly, but there is no getting around ...
by Ballenxj
Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:10 pm
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSION
Topic: Towing an Astro or Safari van
Replies: 12
Views: 3878

Re: Towing an Astro or Safari van

markmitchinnh wrote:Wrong Mark , my van has a 1995 4.3 in it and its an 89
Sorry Mark, I was looking at your tag line. Looking again it looks like $.3? I guess you hit the shift key and really meant 4.3. :poke:
-Bruce
by Ballenxj
Thu Dec 27, 2012 2:21 pm
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSION
Topic: Towing an Astro or Safari van
Replies: 12
Views: 3878

Re: Towing an Astro or Safari van

I have towed them before, what I did was this: I got an old drive shaft from salvage took it apart and used the end that fits into the trans, in the end of the trans to keep it from leaking then when I removed the other end I duct taped over the ujoint to keep the bearing caps from coming apart. Wo...
by Ballenxj
Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:19 am
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSION
Topic: Towing an Astro or Safari van
Replies: 12
Views: 3878

Re: Towing an Astro or Safari van

Yes they are.Just remember the rear u-joint,bolts,and straps are not made to be connected and disconnected multi times.And each time it is a PITA to have to be careful not to lose any of the needle bearings.If you do,it's a mess having trans fluid running out on the ground and having to take the dr...
by Ballenxj
Wed Dec 26, 2012 4:26 am
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSION
Topic: Towing an Astro or Safari van
Replies: 12
Views: 3878

Re: Towing an Astro or Safari van

1Gary wrote:If your towing it as a toad,it might be worth it to looking into the systems you can get to disconnect the driveshaft from a RV outlet.
That's a thought, but I have heard they are expensive.
-Bruce
by Ballenxj
Tue Dec 25, 2012 5:07 pm
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSION
Topic: Towing an Astro or Safari van
Replies: 12
Views: 3878

Re: Towing an Astro or Safari van

Thanks for the reply. I knew you had to remove the driveline on the older transmissions, but wasn't sure about the 700R's.
-Bruce
by Ballenxj
Tue Dec 25, 2012 4:44 pm
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSION
Topic: Towing an Astro or Safari van
Replies: 12
Views: 3878

Towing an Astro or Safari van

I have a GMC Safari van with an automatic trans. (700R I believe) Is there anything I have to do or beware of if I decide to tow it?
It runs fine BTW, I was just curious.
-Bruce
by Ballenxj
Tue Dec 25, 2012 4:21 pm
Forum: ASV Outdoors & Camping
Topic: Anyone have beds in your van?
Replies: 41
Views: 28749

Re: Anyone have beds in your van?

I have a simple bed made from 2x4's and a sheet of plywood.Made the bed higher so I could fit in my shelving underneath so it is a bit snug and unfortunately I can't read in bed but it is comftorable.It all comes apart easily.Lived in my van for 4 months quite happily. A bit too snug for me. I'm fa...
by Ballenxj
Tue Dec 25, 2012 4:14 pm
Forum: MEMBER'S VANS PICTURE/VIDEO POST
Topic: My 1995 Astro Van Cargo with matching trailer
Replies: 16
Views: 8801

Re: My 1995 Astro Van Cargo with matching trailer

infinite.chris wrote:the subject line gave me an idea:

That is TOO COOL! I wonder what the inside of the trailer looks like? :cheers:
-Bruce
by Ballenxj
Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:44 pm
Forum: MEMBER'S VANS PICTURE/VIDEO POST
Topic: 2004 Astro AWD Build: Colorado Camper Van Pop Top
Replies: 35
Views: 22598

Re: 2004 Astro AWD Build: Colorado Camper Van Pop Top

Good choice on tires. BFG A/T's have long been the choice for four wheelers that want good performance from their tires both on and off road. Those are the tires I always bought for all my 4x4's, with the exception of my last one. I had a Suzuki Samurai, and when I went to Discount Tires they were o...
by Ballenxj
Mon Dec 10, 2012 1:41 am
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSION
Topic: Improve gas mileage
Replies: 20
Views: 8982

Re: Improve gas mileage

okie1 wrote: When we go out of town or a longer trip the Astro gets the nod so its pretty much highway miles on it, close to 23mpg if I drive right. :cheers:

There you go. :cheers:
-Bruce
by Ballenxj
Sun Dec 09, 2012 5:17 pm
Forum: MEMBER'S VANS PICTURE/VIDEO POST
Topic: 2004 Astro AWD Build: Colorado Camper Van Pop Top
Replies: 35
Views: 22598

Re: 2004 Astro AWD Build: Colorado Camper Van Pop Top

COOL BUILD. I want to use my van as a camper as well.
While we're on the subject of Westy's, I thought I'd post a video of a COOL VW here for fun. :swords:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MIl84JU ... 325D3DF646
-Bruce
by Ballenxj
Sun Dec 09, 2012 4:59 pm
Forum: GENERAL DISCUSSION
Topic: Improve gas mileage
Replies: 20
Views: 8982

Re: Improve gas mileage

Well, The usual stuff applies here first. Tire inflation, tune up, drive easy, etc. A lot of stop and start driving kills fuel economy, so try and plan your trips to avoid a lot of stoplights, & stop signs. Try to pace yourself so you don't have to come to a complete stop at the next light. Did you ...