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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-29-2001, 07:10 PM
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Im thinking about giving my Sammy a 3" Calmini suspension lift. The Calmini catalog says I can fit 31's with this lift. Would have to modify the bumpers to fit the 31's without rubbing? I am also going to get 5.43:1 gears, would 5.43:1 gears be the best choice for 31's? If anyone who has done this kind of setup could give me their insights, it would really appreciate it.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 05-29-2001, 07:37 PM
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James, 5.43 gears would be too low for a daily driver with 31's, especially if your ever going to change t-case gears. I would recommend going with 4.16 t-case gears instead of r&p gears at this time. Cheaper and easier in the long run. 4.16 t-case gears would put you about spot on or a little undergeared in high range but would make a huge difference in low range. As far as needing to cut the tube behind the bumper for clearance, I would think so, but go straight to the source (Calmini) to get a difinitive answer on that subject. They will steer you straight. HTH

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5.43's would be too low for 31's inless you plan to rockcrawl only. I know somone who runs 5.12's with 31's and its loooooww!

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Re: Sammy Lift

If you're going to change diff. gears....
4.56 for 33" tires
5.38 for 35" tires
....but recommend a transfer case reduction if possible.

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post #5 of (permalink) Old 05-30-2001, 07:30 AM
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Just for reference, I run 3" lifted springs and 2" (1" of actual lift) taller shackels for a total of 4" of lift. With that I run 30x9.5 BFG tires and I can still scrub them a little on the edge of the bumper mount tube if I turn it hard on anything but flat ground. I did cut the end caps off the bumper itself as I could hit that easily under flex. If I had a little more backspacing on my wheels they probably would never touch the bumper tube. I plan on removing that though once I get a better bumper. As for the gearing, I went with 4.16 Tcase gears. They should be here any day now...

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when i ordered my lift last summer, i was planning on getting the 3 inch lift from calmini, but when i talked to them, they changed my mind to the shackle reverse. for one thing, if you get the spring lift, you are going to need longer shackles to improve performance, because it allows the springs to move a little more freely. i personally dont think that with just a 3" lift that you should use 31" tires, but you should be able to fit them with some longer shackles.

as for regearing, just as the others have said, your best bet is to regear the Tcase instead of the R&P. cheaper and better performance due to the super low range.

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