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 Post subject: Re: New to this for and the Astro/Safari platform...quick qu
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:31 am 
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Hi all...

Still looking. Finding an AWD is proving tough. 2WD are much more plentiful...obviously...so,

How hard is a 4WD conversion? There are parts vans around. I could probably come up with a front subframe complete. I'd just go with a NP233 and the JOR shift kit, eliminating any need for the AWD electronics. I don't mind doing the work, and have a decent shop. Is there any reason to not buy a low mileage clean 2WD and just convert it??

Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: New to this for and the Astro/Safari platform...quick qu
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:42 am 
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Looking at a clean 2WD '99 with only 105K. If it checks out tomorrow I might pull the trigger. Then just wait for a 4WD subframe to come along. Having the complete subframe on the garage floor would make it pretty easy to do the front end work I want to do. Then when it's dine slide it under the 2WD.

Why not?


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 Post subject: Re: New to this for and the Astro/Safari platform...quick qu
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:44 pm 
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It’s all possible. Set up for the swap or expand your search and find what you want. It’s out there, sometimes patience is a good thing

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"I don't beat my rig-I use it to it's maximum potential"
1994 Safari conversion (sold) and miss'n it!
1999 Safari SLE AWD
np236 transfer case
Torsen equipped cast iron front diff
Torsen equipped rear w/3.73's
2" body lift
S-10 rear leafs
2003 GMC Safari AWD SLT
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 Post subject: Re: New to this for and the Astro/Safari platform...quick qu
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:11 pm 
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Hi,
You could also get a Jeep solid axle kit from JOR Journeys Off aRoad in Prescott , AZ.

Perhaps, They could weld it into the 2 WD Astro.
Call Mike at JOR. 928 925-2360, to chat with him.

AP


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 Post subject: Re: New to this for and the Astro/Safari platform...quick qu
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:51 pm 
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Astrophysics wrote:
Hi,
You could also get a Jeep solid axle kit from JOR Journeys Off aRoad in Prescott , AZ.

Perhaps, They could weld it into the 2 WD Astro.
Call Mike at JOR. 928 925-2360, to chat with him.

AP


Great idea!!

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"I don't beat my rig-I use it to it's maximum potential"
1994 Safari conversion (sold) and miss'n it!
1999 Safari SLE AWD
np236 transfer case
Torsen equipped cast iron front diff
Torsen equipped rear w/3.73's
2" body lift
S-10 rear leafs
2003 GMC Safari AWD SLT
Stock for now


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 Post subject: Re: New to this for and the Astro/Safari platform...quick qu
PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:11 am 
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Just talked to Mike. The solid axle swap still needs an AWD subframe....

But I did just talk to a local yard that will sell me the subframe of an AWD complete for under $300. That and a clean 2WD (plus a couple of long weekends) might do the trick.


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 Post subject: Re: New to this for and the Astro/Safari platform...quick qu
PostPosted: Thu May 16, 2019 1:39 am 
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Well, finally found my van. 2003 AWD with very clean straight body, rebuilt transmission and a lot of miles, but only $1200. Given the prices in my area, $1200 is a great price. The savings over buying local leaves me with enough coin left to upgrade / fix anything. Going to pick it up next week.

Let the fun begin.


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