Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Northern Catskill Mountains, NY
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Re: Opinions needed on Calmini Rear Axles
I got 'em in my. I like them. I will be running 35's on them. I think 33's on the CALMINI H/D axles is pretty damn bulletproof on a Sammy.
Heck, we can throw a lot at stock shafts and they take it. 31's are fine, and 33's take a bit to snap them. If you are easy on the throttle, stock shafts last a long time with 33"s. Increasing the strength by a 1/3 is great. Plus, your existing shafts immediately become spares, and it's always easy to find and extra stock Suzuki shaft at a Suzuki event or trail ride.
CALMINI's shafts are very well made. Call them ask about them. They will be happy to tell you the specs. The short side even has longer splines for a cable locker they have in R&D. CALMINI spec'd the shafts and went to one of the best axle manufactures in the county and had them made, and only for CALMINI. While I won't say makes them, I will tell you that the axle company CALMINI uses also makes reallysuperior Jeep axles for another company's brand name. [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
For the money, they are fairly cheapest ANDthe easiest way to upgrade the Stock axle housing. I haven't used the fronts, but for someone who is on a budget and wants easy beef in the front it makes sense. One things I know, once you ring or cup the Birfield the weak link is the 22 spline inner stub, and they is where it will break 90% of the time. Going to the 26 spline AND a heavy duty shaft will ensure any breakage would occur back in the Birf, which is now beefed. Here is where hub fuses would be the hot ticket to protect the entire axle.
To install H/D shafts and Birf Rings and new bearings and such, would cost about $600. And you'd have a full set of spares to boot.