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Vitara Calmini 3" kit front shock replacement...

 
 
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RichMayo
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:00 am    Post subject: Vitara Calmini 3" kit front shock replacement... Reply with quote

Hi Folks,

I've got play in one of the front shocks on my Vitara. Currently it's got the shocks that came with the Calmini 3" suspension kit a good few years ago now. What's a good alternative? Suggestions?

Tbh pretty much the only extended option I can find are... http://www.jimnybits.co.uk/shop/vitara-/-x90-91...ster/prod_77.html
...and not sure how they compare.

Should I consider a standard set with some extenders on them? Bit concerned as I've got a pretty heavy winch bumper on the front and was under the impression the aftermarket shocks were rated to handle it.

Don't want to spend silly money as I've pretty much committed to a live axle conversion later this year (gathering bits now) - but I do want to get out in it before then.

Thanks.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having said that the calmini kit uses shock spacers so I'm wondering how much the calmini shocks extend further than the stock ones - I'm sure I took pictures of things like this when I put the kit on but can't for the life of me find them.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got 2 from ebay for about 40 the pair, I also have a front mounted winch and bumper, I have had no trouble, the extended ones look good but at over 100ea was a bit too much for me.
the ones I had originaly were a second hand set with the 3in calmini lift kit, I figured that the shocks were going to be well used being second hand anyway.
plenty of choice new for a reasonable sum esp if you are going live axle soon.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is that two standard struts? And you've got the calmini shock spacers fitted too I assume?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes 2 std vitara struts with the 3in spacer mounts,
came with the second hand calmini suspension I bought before I put the car on the road.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rightio - cheers. Will call into look parts place tomorrow morning - will see if they've got a decent price on standard ones then.

Tbh I don't mind losing a bit of droop at the front as most of the flex occurs at the back anyway.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I stuck some 30mm spacers on top of my springs as the weight of the winch & bumper was making it look like a dragster!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was thinking about doing the same tbh if they don't cost too much - at least until I do the conversion. It was okay when I first put the bumper n winch on there but I think the springs have sagged over time. I don't think cutting the back of the cab off has helped much either. Very noticeable once I took off the defender arches how much space is between the arch and the top of the rear wheel. Kinda like the look though - looks "poised"
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mine is now looking a lot flatter, the spacers were like these:-

http://www.bits4vits.co.uk/store/vitara-/-x90/s...ack/prod_875.html

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Calmini stuts are standard length, so you can use any struts you want.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brilliant!!! Thanks very much.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2016 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I replaced my Calmini struts with Monroe 4x4 adventures. exactly the same shocks but yellow instead of blue.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i did look at those as well as the longer ones
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Diesel grand Vitara shocks are 1" longer than standard vitara shocks.

I'm 99% sure there exactly the same fitment being diesel ones too they will take extra weight.

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