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Re: Home Brew Lift Kit 95 AWD

Post by SnoDrtRider » Wed Oct 12, 2011 10:43 am

doyoulikeithere wrote:
SnoDrtRider wrote:Thanks! Here is the link to the shackles... http://www.autozone.com/autozone/access ... 204654_0_0_
Nice, Thanks, those have a lot more holes than the OLV units. What were the complaints you heard and were they real, or just whiners?
China made junk is one I remember... most likely completely unfounded.

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Re: Home Brew Lift Kit 95 AWD

Post by doyoulikeithere » Thu Oct 13, 2011 12:57 am

Hmmm. I've always wondered where to get some other than OLV.
Well for 40 bux instead of over a hundred, We need someone to step up and install some, and let us all know how that works out , eh?

Do ya think they are as long as the overland units?
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Re: Home Brew Lift Kit 95 AWD

Post by SnoDrtRider » Thu Oct 13, 2011 1:00 am

doyoulikeithere wrote:Hmmm. Well for 40 bux instead of over a hundred, We need someone to step up and install some, and let us all know how that works out , eh?

Do ya think they are as long as the overland units?
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Have no idea... they stock them at the stores. I looked at the but that was it. I decided to do the rear using springs only, no blocks or shackles.

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Re: Home Brew Lift Kit 95 AWD

Post by OKflyboy » Thu Nov 10, 2011 5:04 pm

I have the Autozone shackles, have had for many many months, in fact, just waiting for the time to install them. (Right around the time I bought the stuff to lift the Astro - also sourced my own parts - I rescued a Volvo 240 Wagon that had been sitting derelict for almost 10 years, decided to turn it into a +t project, but promised the wife I wouldn't take apart her van until I was sure the Volvo would be safe/reliable enough for her to use while the van is down. The Volvo has taken longer then I thought but is now ready, minus the turbo addition that we're not done sourcing parts for).

I will be using 2" body pucks with the Fastenall hardware shown in this thread (thanks for that, BTW, I was planning on just taking my existing bolts into my local Fastenall store and telling them "I need this - only 2" longer..." but now i Don't have to), and the Autozone Shackles. I'm working full time and going to night school full time, AND volunteering as an Assistant Scoutmaster for my sons' scout troop, so time has been in short supply lately but hopefully will attempt over Thanksgiving break. I'll keep ya' posted, may even start my own thread for it...

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Re: Home Brew Lift Kit 95 AWD

Post by kcorleyap » Sun Nov 20, 2011 2:01 pm

I bought direct replacements for my front OVL 2" puck lift from Fastenal. M12x130mmx1.75 pitch. Perfect fit and no additional washers needed.
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Re: Home Brew Lift Kit 95 AWD

Post by timelessbeing » Sun Nov 20, 2011 10:17 pm

It's sad that we are even bringing in things like bolts from China. Especially with the unemployment rate.

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Re: Home Brew Lift Kit 95 AWD

Post by doyoulikeithere » Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:34 am

OKflyboy wrote:I have the Autozone shackles, have had for many many months, in fact, just waiting for the time to install them. hopefully will attempt over Thanksgiving break. I'll keep ya' posted, may even start my own thread for it...
Any news on these Shackles? I would love to know how you like them...
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Re: Home Brew Lift Kit 95 AWD

Post by OKflyboy » Thu Jun 28, 2012 1:28 pm

doyoulikeithere wrote:
OKflyboy wrote:I have the Autozone shackles, have had for many many months, in fact, just waiting for the time to install them. hopefully will attempt over Thanksgiving break. I'll keep ya' posted, may even start my own thread for it...
Any news on these Shackles? I would love to know how you like them...
Did the front last night, will be doing the rear tonight after school. Will keep you posted.

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Re: Home Brew Lift Kit 95 AWD

Post by AquaAngel » Thu Aug 02, 2012 1:27 am

Great post my man and your van is looking good, great job on your work

you showed earlier a set of Shackles which were similar to the one i just received today as i want to lift my van for another 2" but the box says "LOWERING KIT" I am pretty sure i can lift it or is it unsafe to go the other way around?

the one i received was from Beltech part # 6400-100

let me know. Thank you and keep on the good work
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Re: Home Brew Lift Kit 95 AWD

Post by AquaAngel » Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:27 pm

As you went for the lift on your van! have you noticed that your shift linkage got a little tighter? how did you manage to solve that problem as my van is finally on it's new 2" spacers, but my shift linkage is now a little shorter and barely reach the transmission.
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Re: Home Brew Lift Kit 95 AWD

Post by clem » Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:55 pm

ok here it is I took a skyjacker 6 inch lift sub frame for a full size chevy cut it down to fit and have installed it on a astro sub frame I had from my parts van. I took a set of upper control arms cut the bj ends off and made spacers I flipped the ball joints to the under side of the control arm made a set of spacers to drop the crossmember. I used a set of s10 drop brackets to drop the front diff.
it looks really good but before I will know how it will work I need to finish the welding and put it on my working van.
what do you think doable ?

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Re: Home Brew Lift Kit 95 AWD

Post by photo_van » Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:42 pm

AquaAngel wrote:Great post my man and your van is looking good, great job on your work

you showed earlier a set of Shackles which were similar to the one i just received today as i want to lift my van for another 2" but the box says "LOWERING KIT" I am pretty sure i can lift it or is it unsafe to go the other way around?

the one i received was from Beltech part # 6400-100

let me know. Thank you and keep on the good work
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I've been wondering about these shackles as well. They are noticeably cheaper than the astro specific shackles http://www.airbagit.com/lowering-shackl ... s8400a.htm, but they lack the offset. My stock shackles with S10 springs, hit the unibody frame when the suspension is fully compressed, I'm thinking it might be that much worse with a straight shackle.

As far as lowering vs raising; those shackles I believe are for the large trucks that have the leaf spring above the frame mount (shackles face up). So adding length to the shackle actually lowers the stance. Used on our vans they should work fine for lifting other than the above concern.
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Re: Home Brew Lift Kit 95 AWD

Post by mdmead » Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:54 pm

clem wrote:ok here it is I took a skyjacker 6 inch lift sub frame for a full size chevy cut it down to fit and have installed it on a astro sub frame I had from my parts van. I took a set of upper control arms cut the bj ends off and made spacers I flipped the ball joints to the under side of the control arm made a set of spacers to drop the crossmember. I used a set of s10 drop brackets to drop the front diff.
it looks really good but before I will know how it will work I need to finish the welding and put it on my working van.
what do you think doable ?
Ambitious project!

I've often wondered if a full-size Chevy lift could be used... with some work... on an Astro/Safari. Guess we'll know soon!

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Re: Home Brew Lift Kit 95 AWD

Post by clem » Tue Sep 03, 2013 5:22 am

oh this project is nothing compaired to the one I just finished.
I just got done with a solid axle swap on my 1993 s10 blazer I did full width 3/4 ton axles
all hand built link and coil suspension with 37 inch good year MTRs.
this build is just me taking a breather before I start on my k5 turbo diesel crawler build
(I need to create or I think I will just stop living)
besides someone needed to build a real working ifs lift. :muhaha:
I want to fit like a 33/9.50/15 under it

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Re: Home Brew Lift Kit 95 AWD

Post by mdmead » Tue Sep 03, 2013 1:36 pm

clem wrote:I want to fit like a 33/9.50/15 under it
This would be a great tire size to see under one.
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