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Re: "Buckeye" - '95 G2500 StarCraft Conversion
ah64pilot #782382 September 18th 2021 12:29 pm
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Originally Posted by ah64pilot
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Nice van . So many nice upgrades in such a short time.
Thank you! It's hard to draw the line at what should and shouldn't get fixed / improved so I generally redo entire systems at one time. In this case it was brakes and front suspension. Looking forward to enjoying it for a while after this is done.
I know that feeling all too well. I will say though, find a rear sway bar and install it. Helps the big box of a van drive much more comfortably at highway speeds and track better in cross wind.


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ah64pilot #782390 September 18th 2021 4:52 pm
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I've seen the step-side guys run spacers but I'm no fan of spacers at all..... crazy

Re: "Buckeye" - '95 G2500 StarCraft Conversion
kursed #782395 September 18th 2021 5:55 pm
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Originally Posted by kursed
I'd go for the weights before grinding that arm while you already have the wheels off. Dyna Beads work great too if you've never tried them. I use them on my Harley and have used them on my 2000 Jeep XJ with 31x10.50-15 BFG Mud Terrains. They worked amazing on that too.

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This is good to know... For now I just had them rebalanced using low profile lead weights on the outer edge of the wheel. It comes close at full lock but doesn't rub so I think I'm good. We'll see if that changes after an alignment.

Re: "Buckeye" - '95 G2500 StarCraft Conversion
tuner4life #782396 September 18th 2021 5:58 pm
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Originally Posted by tuner4life
You'll have to grind the arm anyways because it will hit the wheel at steering lock if you don't.. Even if you move the weights. You'll find that you need to move the weights and also grind the arms..
For now it looks ok. Low profile clip on lead weights did the trick. At full right lock it's REALLY close but at full lock I won't be moving fast. If I lose a weight it looks like I'll get the dyna beads. I wonder how much different the CPP spindles are than the ones you used?

Without the lead weight I've got 1/16" clearance on both sides at full lock.

Re: "Buckeye" - '95 G2500 StarCraft Conversion
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Originally Posted by 1983G20Van
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Originally Posted by SDMickey
Nice van . So many nice upgrades in such a short time.
Thank you! It's hard to draw the line at what should and shouldn't get fixed / improved so I generally redo entire systems at one time. In this case it was brakes and front suspension. Looking forward to enjoying it for a while after this is done.
I know that feeling all too well. I will say though, find a rear sway bar and install it. Helps the big box of a van drive much more comfortably at highway speeds and track better in cross wind.
You have any recommendations? Hellwig stopped making them. I might try mounting a BMR anti roll bar for my '72 Cutlass (GM A-body) on the van. Attached to the axle and frame forward of the axle. We'll see.

Re: "Buckeye" - '95 G2500 StarCraft Conversion
CatFish #782398 September 18th 2021 6:03 pm
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Originally Posted by CatFish
I've seen the step-side guys run spacers but I'm no fan of spacers at all..... crazy
Nah, that's a disaster waiting to happen. I think I'm good for now, if it's still ok after the alignment then I'll be happy.

Re: "Buckeye" - '95 G2500 StarCraft Conversion
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I think add co still makes one. Mine on my 83 are Hellwig, front and rear. The front and rear on my 97 are also Hellwig. On the 97 the bars are massive. 1-1/2" front and 1-3/8" rear. I forget the dimensions on the 83, but I want to say 1-3/8" front and 1" rear but that van is 1,000 lbs lighter.

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Re: "Buckeye" - '95 G2500 StarCraft Conversion
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Originally Posted by 1983G20Van
I think add co still makes one. Mine on my 83 are Hellwig, front and rear. The front and rear on my 97 are also Hellwig. On the 97 the bars are massive. 1-1/2" front and 1-3/8" rear. I forget the dimensions on the 83, but I want to say 1-3/8" front and 1" rear but that van is 1,000 lbs lighter.
I ordered a Hellwig for the front but they cancelled the order because they said they weren't making them anymore. Idk... Seems like a shame we can't get aftermarket parts for these things.

I thought I read somewhere that the Addco rear sway bar want very effective because it wasn't big enough... Can't remember where though.

Re: "Buckeye" - '95 G2500 StarCraft Conversion
ah64pilot #782435 September 18th 2021 8:27 pm
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Call SD. If nothing else maybe they can send you the dimensions and pics.

https://www.sdtrucksprings.com/inde...tQUNip_v4WtHB27vQD5HMjznBCUaAlTLEALw_wcB

The brackets are the big deal.....

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