Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it 4wd

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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by Meterpig » Tue Jan 06, 2015 7:33 pm

I am impressed and guessing you got the blown astro for a song given the parts cost. When you are finished...any plans for some killer paint schemes like matte black or camo? :guitar:
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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by akforceten » Sun Jan 11, 2015 3:16 am

Thank you Meterpig . Sorry no paint plans for now. I still got tons of work to keep me busy for a long time.Update just installed my new U bolts now i get to measure for rear shocks. Tomorrow i'm changing out the bushings an the ball joints in the control arms cause its time to rebuild the sub frame
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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by akforceten » Mon Jan 12, 2015 1:29 am

I was able to get some pics of the new U bolts so the rear leafs an shackles are done . I just need to find some a rear shock that's 23 3/4" long

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these are made by Dorman part#35617

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Auto zone shackles with home made bushing spacers

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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by akforceten » Sun Jan 25, 2015 2:11 am

Update I have ordered rear shocks from rockauto.com there Monroe gas magnum shocks part #34687.
The compressed length is 18" The extended length is 31" for a total of 13"of travel. They should arrive here by the 29th . I also ordered prothane body bushing 7-108 BL . Tomorrow is ball joint an control arm bushing replacement day and of course building the 3" body spacers . i will be taking lots of pic's
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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by LiftedAWDAstro » Sun Jan 25, 2015 3:37 pm

Nice. Can't wait to see it! :bounce:
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1998 Astro 4x4 D44, D60, NP231, full hydraulic system with 9k# Milemarker winch and snow plow - sold to Lockdoc
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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by akforceten » Sun Jan 25, 2015 5:09 pm

Thank you it has been one awesome learning experience .I'm one who can never afford to buy a kit to do things so i have more fun doing it piece by piece from wrecking yards an using replacement parts from auto parts store
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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by akforceten » Mon Jan 26, 2015 3:38 pm

Update - This weekend i spent removing upper an lower ball joints which was a blast loads of drilling Then i got to play with fire an melt all the bushing out of the upper an lower control arms. Then i used a body saw an cut out the metal sleeves an pressed in new moog runner bushing mounts so the control arms are done!.I also started cutting my 3"body spacers which i will get welded up next weekend . Ok picture time

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fun drilling time

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burning the bushings out
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cutting my 3" body spacers

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waiting to weld the top an bottoms on
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ready for new bushing
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new bushing installed
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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by akforceten » Sun Feb 01, 2015 1:46 am

Update time I got my new rear shocks in an installed .Wow they really firmed up the ride . The rear lift is done except for the brake line needs to be lengthen. Ok pic time

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part#

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oh so pretty

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Installed

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rear lift done

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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by Slicky » Fri Feb 06, 2015 1:53 pm

I have been enjoying your build , and am glad you elected to build your own leafs over using the lift blocks . With the new u bolts it looks very solid . Keep up the good work.

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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by akforceten » Sat Feb 07, 2015 4:24 am

Thank you Slicky I didn't like the way the rear sat with one leaf pack almost flat . That is why i did my own leaf pack. i had to get rid of the lift blocks cause with my new leaf pack the rear of the van sat way to high. Now i feel things are better an stronger back there . This weekend im taking a break need to work on my 2000 astro
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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by akforceten » Fri Apr 03, 2015 3:27 am

Update : I finally got my prothane body bushing today ! Also
my cylinder heads are done so i get to assemble some heads real soon and in a couple of weeks its going to be balls to the wall on weekends to get this project done!!!!!
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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by akforceten » Mon Apr 20, 2015 1:15 pm

Update:Today I started to assemble the sub frame. I put new bushings and ball joints in the control arms.I also mounted the s-10 front differential and my re indexed torsion keys. I also got new CV axles but i spent like 2 hours trying to figure out why the left axle would bind up while i was tightening up the torsion key. it turned out it was the wrong axle in the right box. The part # matched on the box but the part was an inch to long okay pic time
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wrong axle 1 inch to long causes it to lock up when torsion keys was tighten

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Well that's it for now except going to the parts house an getting the right axle
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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by SilverBullet1997 » Fri Apr 24, 2015 5:40 am

Wow, I just read through this whole thread, glad you were able to save a nice looking 95, and build it up to be something awesome
Here is a couple videos of my first van offroading at Tahuya WA.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkFaZXo2KL4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1zn5ppLI6g
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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by akforceten » Sun Apr 26, 2015 2:00 am

Thank you neighbor I'm bout an 8 hour drive from you i think. I also sourced just about most of the parts for the lift from the wrecking yard
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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by SilverBullet1997 » Mon Apr 27, 2015 6:44 am

Well once you get done with the lift, maybe we can meet at one of the southern Washington ORV Parks, and go wheeling.
Here is a couple videos of my first van offroading at Tahuya WA.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkFaZXo2KL4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1zn5ppLI6g
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