Deano, SAS kit for S10 Blazers work for Astro?

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Deano, SAS kit for S10 Blazers work for Astro?

Post by T.Low » Tue Jan 06, 2009 5:56 am

I still don't know how different the Astros are from the S10s and Blazers, if at all. Do you think this kit will work for an Astro?

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Re: Deano, SAS kit for S10 Blazers work for Astro?

Post by Logan » Tue Jan 06, 2009 3:01 pm

Correct me if I'm wrong but I'm pretty sure the Jeep Axle is a lot more narrow than our vans....
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Re: Deano, SAS kit for S10 Blazers work for Astro?

Post by mdmead » Tue Jan 06, 2009 3:59 pm

Dean is the expert of course, but Logan is right, Jeep axles aren't wide enough. The near-perfect axle is from a mid to late 70s Ford F-150 (or 78/79 Bronco).

I do like the idea of coils, and the F-150 axle is set up for them already!
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Re: Deano, SAS kit for S10 Blazers work for Astro?

Post by LiftedAWDAstro » Tue Jan 06, 2009 7:09 pm

The Jeep axle is too narrow for our vans. It has a width of around 60" where we need around 67-68". Like Matt said, the Dana 44's and Dana 60's from the late 70's F150's, F250's and F350's are perfect for our vans.

As for using the SAS kit itself, I have no idea on the frame specs between the M/L vans and the S-10's. I wish I had access to the kits for measurement purposes. I bet a kit could be modified slightly or pieced together for a SAS kit.
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Re: Deano, SAS kit for S10 Blazers work for Astro?

Post by mdmead » Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:46 am

The other thing to look at might be a similar kit for a fullsize Chevy. I imagine somebody is offering a coil spring/straight axle swap for them. (Again, you would probably only be interested in the mounts.)
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Re: Deano, SAS kit for S10 Blazers work for Astro?

Post by T.Low » Thu Jan 08, 2009 4:49 am

OK, now to find out exactly how wide the s10 axle is...just because...


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Your thread caught my eye, since Im in the process of building a '28 Essex 4 door. The color scheme is the same as my original paint, but Im thinking of a different color when I get ready to paint. I'm a long way from that point right now. I have a question for you about the Camaro rear you used. I'm considering an S-10 rear for mine which is 61 inches from flange to flange Do you know the axle width from wheel flange to wheel flange ? and am concerned about having my tires completely under the fenders. I can't tell in your photos if yours are completely under in the rear. I've ordered a TCI front clip for mine, because I want the coil overs in the front."
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Re: Deano, SAS kit for S10 Blazers work for Astro?

Post by T.Low » Thu Jan 08, 2009 5:49 am

Oh, the things you come across while researching on the internet. Now who could this guy be talking about?:


"Maybe when they get a little older you might see some convert to solid axles. But as of right now I had no plans. I seen a guy do a solid axle swap into a astro van for wheeling! [smilie=bowdown.gif] "
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Re: Deano, SAS kit for S10 Blazers work for Astro?

Post by LiftedAWDAstro » Thu Jan 08, 2009 12:31 pm

No idea! :muhaha:
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Re: Deano, SAS kit for S10 Blazers work for Astro?

Post by astrozam » Thu Jan 08, 2009 2:50 pm

LiftedAWDAstro wrote:No idea! :muhaha:
I think the guy in your avatar might, lol

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Re: Deano, SAS kit for S10 Blazers work for Astro?

Post by LiftedAWDAstro » Thu Jan 08, 2009 3:35 pm

You think so zam. :muhaha:
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2008 Dodge Nitro 4x4
2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8S Special Edition

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Vans owned:
1986 Safari 2.5L 4 speed manual - scrapped
1995 Astro 2WD conversion 4.11 posi, shift kit, DHC rock rails - sold to Skippy
1998 Astro 4x4 D44, D60, NP231, full hydraulic system with 9k# Milemarker winch and snow plow - sold to Lockdoc
2003 Astro AWD all stock - traded for a 3/4 ton truck
2005 AWD, 4.10's - sold to skippy

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