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Re: New to this for and the Astro/Safari platform...quick qu

Post by sc-surfer » Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:31 am

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 by sc-surfer » Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:42 am

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 by Captn. Crunch » Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:44 pm

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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Post by Astrophysics » Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:11 pm

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.

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Post by Captn. Crunch » Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:51 pm

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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Re: New to this for and the Astro/Safari platform...quick qu

Post by sc-surfer » Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:11 am

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 by sc-surfer » Thu May 16, 2019 1:39 am

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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Post by Astrophysics » Fri May 24, 2019 4:47 am

Fantastic!

The 2003 AWD is a great Astro.

Congratulations.

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Post by sc-surfer » Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:28 pm

Well, here it is...Finally!
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Post by Captn. Crunch » Tue Jun 18, 2019 8:44 pm

SPECTACULAR!!
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Post by timelessbeing » Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:29 am

Nice. What are the tires?

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Post by sc-surfer » Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:01 am

BFG KO2 245x75 16s

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Post by Astrophysics » Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:00 am

Super nice!

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