I am a former ASE certified Auto Mechanic, I have used these before and have a new set waiting to go onto my 06 X. They are way stronger than the billet. All of the pieces are laser cut and the tube sits between the flanges and welded completely around the inside of the spacer. You will not break these things.
If you do, I will buy them off of you for what you paid for them!
Calmini sells some good stuff, however not everything they sell is the best. Look at their shackles, they are aluminum. They appear to be weak and don't have the center supports like the AC shackles. Your paying for the name.
I can speak directly for the product.
I purchased them when I first bought my X.
My decision was based upon their STEEL product.
Not aluminum or rubber.
the welds are very good and the installers advised these were some of the best they had seen.
I paid someone to install as an alignment is also necessary afterwards.
They have been on the X for just about a year now.
You would have to look at my photobucket, there might be some photos of them ?
I painted them Red and they are at the top of the spring tower.
Maybe the new bumper pics ?
I don't plan on any severe 4wd action so the question of bottoming the control arm isn't a problem for me and I put the suspension energy bump-stops on the front as well.
Everything is quiet on the front, Now, the quick-disconnects on the rear sway is another issue.
Installed ones off ebay too... nice solid pieces. Nothing fancy but works fine.
It wasn't worth paying the additional money for the other 'name-brand' ones
Just a FYI- The ebay spacers are approx two inch lift-- One of the two
sellers on ebay offers a 3" spacer at the same price. After you win the
auction, you just include a note in Paypal checkout letting him know if
you want the 2" or 3" spacer.
The tires are the same size as the stock ones. I was the fortunate recipient of (almost) new tires from my wife's '03 X when she traded up for an '07 X. We had just put them on in the summer and she goes and buys a new X in December. Lucky me! We did the 'ol switch-er-roo before trading her old X in. The gas mileage hasn't decreased with the lift. However, since having to lose the roof-rack to fit into my garage, mileage on the highway has definitely increased due to the wind-catcher being gone.
That picture was from about a year ago with stock tires-- 265/65-17
I did my exhaust and lift at about the same time so my mpg changes
are not entirely accurate. However, before any mods, I was getting
~16.6-16.8mpg in stock form. After the lift and exhaust, my final mpg was
consistently 18.0-18.1mpg with the stock tirees. I've had exhausts on
everyone of my past cars but have never seen this big of an increase in