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Re: Calmini 5\" Lift
Okay, let's start at the beginning. Call Calmini and speak with Steve. He will help. I too have a Calmini 5"er on a 1994 and I maybe able to help out.
Second, whenever you lift, you are going to get driveline vibes whether it's SpOA or SpUA. This is due to the increase in the angles. SpOA in NOT without vibes.
Here's what I found. When I did my lift, my rear slip was frozen. Didn't notice it when it was stock, but boy did it vibe when it was lifted! [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/shocked.gif[/img] R&R it and that helped a lot.
Now the front, if the vibe is most noticable with hubs locked then the front is the most likely culprit. Check the slip. Also check the spacers. There are two, and one is slightly larger. Make sure they are in the right places.
You will get some vibes, as do I. Mine isn't really noticable. You can go with extended slip yokes, as these lessen the driveshaft angles compared to spacers. Any good drive shaft shop can do this for you cheap. Or get one of the many types of hi-po (read: EXPENSIVE)driveshafts like the CV, Birfield or such. Or you can save the money and live with it. Shims can help, but I wouldn't put them in the front. Besides, the rear really doesn't need it as the extended shackles help tilt it upward. The front is usually the culprit. The beauty of the Calmini set-up is that the front caster angles remain stock, which is best for roadability. However, this increases the shaft angle. Can't have cake and eat it too. (Very stupid saying, is it normal to have cake and not eat it? [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/laugh.gif[/img])
You could shim the front so the pinion points to the t-case, but to do it right you need to cut, spin and reweld the knuckle assemblys to set them back to normal.
IMHO, it's not that bad. It take getting use to. But give Steve at Calmini a call. He's a great guy and will help out.
Let me know how it works out.
<font color=blue>Yankee Tim</font color=blue>[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/cool.gif[/img]