GM Astro/Safari 1985-1996 Repair Guide



See Figures 1 and 2

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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the rear suspension assembly-1985-94 models shown (late-model similar)

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Fig. Fig. 2: These rear suspension parts are shared by all these vans (springs, shocks and floating rear axle)

The rear suspension system consists of several major components: The double acting shock absorbers, variable rate single leaf fiberglass springs and various attachment parts. The single leaf fiberglass springs are connected to the frame by a hanger assembly with integral bushings in the front and a shackle assembly with integral bushings in the rear. The shackle assembly, in response to different road and payload conditions, allows the leaf spring to "change its length''. The rear axle is connected to both the fiberglass leaf springs and the shock absorbers by various attaching parts.

An optional spring steel stabilizer bar helps to minimize body roll and is available as part of the sport suspension package. The stabilizer bar is attached to the rear axle and to the frame using rubber insulators, clamps and link assemblies.