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A CJ7 86

I have a buddy that's looking to buy an 86 CJ 7. What were some of the main differences between my 85 and the 86? Is there any specifics I can tell him to look for when he looks at it. Are there any know issues, special to the 86?
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Re: A CJ7 86

I don't know a whole lot about CJ's, but definetly tell him to check the rear end. It may have a D44 under it, which would be a good thing[img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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Re: A CJ7 86

The 86's have become almost mythological... some of the things I've "heard"

BTW - I do have an '86 CJ7

- some, actually a lot, have the Dana 44 Rear ... This is true, I have one.
- some have a beafier front Dana 30 ... don't know if this is true or not.
- some came with the Wrangler hard top ... don't know if this is true or not.
- some of the bodies are galvanized ... It appears from the battery acid that
dripped down on my fender that this is true and that mine is one of those.
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Re: A CJ7 86

Thanks for the information...
A couple more questions. With it being the 5 speed, is that the T5 tranny, with the Dana 300 transfer case?
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The only 5 speed offered is the T5. THe Dana 30 front is the same as the 81-85, NO difference. Early 86s came with a Model 20 rear, the 86s with the 20 I have seen have the spring perches mounted a little off, making the springs crooked. This I believe is due to the jig going out of whack and not bothering to readjust because they were almost out of those diffs.
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Here's an update for those that care. A black 86 CJ 7 136,000 miles 12,000 of those mile on a fresh rebuilt 256. Hardtop and doors, minimal rust in the normal spots. (I admit I was surprised at how clean it really was.)
A 2 1/2" Rancho suspension lift, and tires that need replacing. Asking price $3000.00. My buddy is waiting for a test drive but if all does well, we'll have a new Jeeper to add to the board. Thanks for the thoughts.
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Re: A CJ7 86

Sounds good to me. I have an 86 as well. Yes, they do have the dana 300 xfer case. the t5 was the week link in mine. Actually, the 4 cyl was the week link, so I put in a SBC, then the tranny was week and blew, so I put in a T-18, and now its good. I paid the same price for mine 6 years ago, but I had only a soft top.
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Sounds good to me as well. I wish I could have found that Jeep when I was looking! Mine needed everything replaced that could possibly rust, had a tired motor, and was only a grand less[img]images/icons/mad.gif[/img]!
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