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Journeys 4x4 Conversion Kit #744468
January 13th 2019 2:15 pm
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Doesn't look like the Astro section gets much activity but I'll still ask. Anyone have experience with this kit? I originally wanted to convert my G20 to 4x4. However, there's a lot of work required and my corrosion issues may make it dead from the start. I was looking to buy another G20 but the 4x4 conversion is still major and probably not wise for me to try. I've considered just a 4x4 truck but i really like the comfort and convenience of a van.

The journeys conversion kit which gives an AWD 4Hi and 4Lo seems to be pretty simple and not require major tools which is perfect for me. Any downsides to this kit? I don't need the AWD but I want to go off road on guided trips (nothing crazy) and do beach driving which requires 4x4.


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Re: Journeys 4x4 Conversion Kit [Re: Moliva1568] #744758
January 26th 2019 5:24 pm
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I haven't used that kit. But my mom had both a 2WD and AWD Astro when I was a kid through late teenager. The AWD always got 2-4mpg less than the 2WD. So to me being able to turn that on and off would be a nice bonus just from that front. So take that aspect and couple it with a true 4lo option? I'd say go for it!

- Rich


1991 Dodge B250 Zephyr Conversion. "Bi-frost" 74,000-ish original miles and counting.
- 318TBI; has headwork and other bolt on upgrades. Runs strong and smooth!
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Re: Journeys 4x4 Conversion Kit [Re: Moliva1568] #744810
January 29th 2019 2:41 pm
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Yes, the early AWDs were full-time, 60/40 split. The laters were active...could adjust the split, but still always engaged I believe. A true disconnect would be nice.

Re: Journeys 4x4 Conversion Kit [Re: Moliva1568] #744847
January 30th 2019 5:27 pm
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https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/a15135260/chevy-express-awd-short-take-road-test/

I like the Astros and the AWD is very cool, the Hi Lo, plus Full time lockout mods sound great! Will it work on a Full Size?

I do know Arne Toman, (AMS) likes these Vans, his went a wee bit quicker than a 16.7 in the Quarter mile too!

Re: Journeys 4x4 Conversion Kit [Re: Moliva1568] #745012
February 06th 2019 12:17 pm
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I haven't installed the journeys kit in my Astro but I am piecing together a NP236 swap for it. I want to keep the AWD and have 4lo. From what I've read about the journeys kit its quick and easy to install its just you can do some research and source the parts yourself for less money. The Astro's front axle doesn't have a disconnect. you'll have to swap in a S10 front axle to get a true 2HI.


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