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Re: sidekick building
Well, if you don't mind doin' a bit of destructive body work, I'd say run the tires and chop the fenders to accomodate 'em (along with re-gearing, of course). Body lifts suck, and rumor has it the calmini lift kit isn't so hot either (really stiff and delicate, but that's just heresay, as I haven't run one myself). Hindsite is 20/20, and I wish I had just cut my fenders in the first place rather than liftin' myself. Tire clearance is great and needed, but body height (whether it's from body lifts, springs, whatever) will just raise your center of gravity and topple you that much easier.
One thing I would recommend if you're just startin' out is the sit back think about exactly where you want to go. I thought I was just gonna do a minor mod to make my sami a bit more trail-worthy (field and stream, if you will). Just one mod and that would be fine. Boy, was I wrong, and now I want to redo some of the stuff I thought would be enough back in the day.
You see, you start takin' your ride out, and you get amazed by where it will go (even stock). Then you find yourself on a mission to see how far you can push it, ya know, find its limitations. Then, you finally get into a place you can't get out of, and you think to yourself "I bet I could modify my suspension/engine/whatever just a bit, and I could make thru this hole next time!". Well, that simple mod will start off a whole chain reaction of mods that never end. Not to mention arguements with your significant other where you try to explain to 'em why you HAVE to have this mod!
Every time I make a mod, I test the new limitations of my ride, and am ultimately disappointed that you actually CAN find a way to stop my zook, and it's back to the drawing board.
I think the best advice I could give you be to sell your sidekick, buy a moped and take up needlepoint. This will save you hours of exhaustive work, thousands of dollars, countless bitter arguements, and hundreds of abrasions when the wrench slips. Sure, you won't get that adrenaline rush when you counter some radical obstacle, but you might end up with some really beautiful sweaters, and your spouse will love you that much more for it! :-)
Of course, it's not what I'd do, but it is the smart thing to do!
'87 Sami, 5.5" SpOA, 33" Pro-Comps, Snorkel, 8k winch, 23" buggy-leafs, Cal 4.16 t-case, Lkd Frt, welded rear, 8-point Roll Cage, etc, etc.