I've read the Calmini's get much softer if aftermarket bumpers, camping gear, winches etc get added.my calmini 5" reverse shackle lift is really stable at high speed and it has sufficient flex for mild off roading, but it's kind of a stiff ride. I think if I raised the shock mounts and put on some taller shocks it would have more articulation, but I don't need it for what I do.
You can get the same lift and a softer ride doing a spring over axel lift with softer springs.
Well, I have done most everything to Zuks over the years. SPOA, rears up front, CJ rears, Toyota mini truck leafs, YJs, coils, and air shocks. Best bang for the buck for a simple rig is the OME springs. I have been very happy with them on my current mild Samurai build. It is mostly a city car and lite wheeler. Road manners are very good. I slam it into turns like a stock Samurai, but when I hit a bump in the road I don't break my back, the OME springs just soak it up. The rear is a little stiff if you hit a speed bump at the wrong speed, but that is the case for most anything on a Samurai.I'm looking forward to getting it dirty!
The ride on the street is fantastic!
Very Soft but not so soft that it bottoms out.
I'll let ya'll know how it does in the dirt.
Haha! Do you really believe that?springs are springs... if the rates are in the right range then it will ride the same whether it is leafs or coils, a link suspension will control the axle better though. what you need to focus on are shocks (valving) and the amount of travel in the suspension.