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#147265 - August 09th 2007 11:33 am What if I'd rather be high?
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Registered: March 19th 2007 2:44 pm
Posts: 2082
Loc: Ohio, USA


Do they make kits to raise the van?

I camp a lot and I take my van places that even someone in a 4x4 truck may hesitate to follow me. I'd like to have enougth clearance to drive over a 6 pack of Sam Adams and not knock it over. I've also considered making a skid plate so I dont bash my oil pan on a rock, in the middle of the boon docks.

Has anyone done this?



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#147267 - August 09th 2007 11:37 am Re: What if I'd rather be high? [Re: HomeBrew]
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Registered: May 08th 2003 12:00 pm
Posts: 6115
Loc: Connecticut
are 6 packs a common road hazard out there?
i know a few vanners that would move there if they are ;)
what kind of lift. body and or suspention, and what kind of budget
decides if anything is possible, but anything is possible ;)

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#147275 - August 09th 2007 12:03 pm Re: What if I'd rather be high? [Re: leadfoot]
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Registered: December 27th 2000 12:00 pm
Posts: 5856
Loc: Toronto, Canada
What kind of van do you have ? That would help those who have done it before or for us to point you in the right direction. There are quite a few van owners over at astrosafari.com who have lifted their AWD and 2wd vans.

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#147276 - August 09th 2007 12:18 pm Re: What if I'd rather be high? [Re: Virtual]
Doc 2% of Canada, EH!!!! Offline
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Registered: June 10th 2003 12:00 pm
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Leaf springs are easy, just put in blocks between the springs and the housing, and get longer shocks and frame to diff brake line..

The front is more difficult as you have to deal with coils usually, and steering geometry, caster and camber as well.

Once you post the make of van someone will probably be able to help you with specifics...

There are also 4 x 4 shops around that can assist you with the pieces and the engineering
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#147280 - August 09th 2007 12:45 pm Re: What if I'd rather be high? [Re: Doc 2% of Canada, EH!!!!]
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#157792 - October 23rd 2007 11:52 am Re: What if I'd rather be high? [Re: Superbeast]
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Registered: March 19th 2007 2:44 pm
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Loc: Ohio, USA
oh far out! Thanks for the link!

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#295198 - May 27th 2009 3:18 pm Re: What if I'd rather be high? [Re: HomeBrew]
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Registered: August 28th 2005 12:00 pm
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Loc: Thamesford, Ontario, Canada
Just lifted my 2 wheel drive Astro.....cost $250.00...new front HD coils $150.00 (1 inch difference in height), 1 inch spacer below the coil(in turn raises the van 3 inches)$45.00, a set of 2500 series truck leaf springs (from the wreckers) $60.00

Then an allignment and camber adjustment....(all in all 4 inches in the front and 6 inches in the rear)

With the rear springs I kept the main spring attached to the van and added 4 leafs from the Pickup springs to the main spring...5 leafs total

Might consider the frame spacers yet for the front....I have a set of 2 inch blocks and extended shackles for the rear (another 4-5 inches) but I think I'm tall enough back there
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#295287 - May 27th 2009 7:38 pm Re: What if I'd rather be high? [Re: Boopvanner]
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Registered: July 19th 2005 12:00 pm
Posts: 7000
Loc: Shillington PA
Boop we need pics
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#295387 - May 28th 2009 7:42 am Re: What if I'd rather be high? [Re: Snotty]
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Registered: October 25th 2001 12:00 pm
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Loc: Dayton, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Really Dave! You should know better than to tell us all that without showing us a picture grin
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#295405 - May 28th 2009 8:50 am Re: What if I'd rather be high? [Re: Superbeast]
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Registered: May 29th 2007 8:01 pm
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yeah pics
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