Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Northern Catskill Mountains, NY
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Re: Calmini Bolt-on 6\" SPOA!?!?!
Jessika...giggle...she IS the ultimate tester. Girl drives by braile, but has more spunk and "ballz" than alot of other men out there (including me). I watched (and photo'd) her going thru Upper Hellderado with the 5" Combo. Now she didn't do it pretty, but experienced less trouble than some SpOA rigs. And to see her giggle and laugh all the way thru it was worth a million bucks.
I heard that she fell down and went boom (flop over) at the Calmini Run. From what I'm told, she picked a doozy of a line and no one else tried. And again, she laughed all the way. God bless her.
As far as some of the other comments, here's what I know. The top spring perches tie into the existing perches. The assembly has lowered bottom shock mounts to run the long shocks up front. I guess you could install Ford upper mounts and run even longer. The rear has longer shocks, too.
Yes, it has longer brakelines. I don't know what everyone has against braided lines. I have the 5" Combo lines, and even with eXpander shackles in the rear, which adds ~4" more droop, AND longer shocks up front AND shorter-than-supplied bumpstop extensions (to completely flatten my arched springs), I still have some extra on the lines, they are not tight. To say they are too short is balhooy. And no, the springs haven't lost their arch.
As far as the SpOA vs. SpUA debate, Steve still perfers SpUA. But that doesn't mean that they can't produce both and do a damn good job at it. As Steve said, if that (read: SpOA) is what some people want, then why not offer it to them? In a bolt-on form, this kit is great for those without a welder or a welder friend. And welding can be spooky for the less the proficient. A guy named Steve Storo I met in Moab was SpOA. He brought it to a off-road shop for the welding. They didn't get the perches level with each other and overheated the tubes. Expensive mistake.
Let the product speak for itself, and Jess is the perfect tester. If you have any other questions, call Calmini and ask what it will consist of.
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