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Re: Help....Rebuilding a 1977 CJ5
It all depends on what you plan to do with this Jeep. How do you plan to use it, and how do you plan to abuse it? Look for things that will make it more useful, not things that will make it "cool". Go for safety first. Make sure the cage is strong and tied into the frame. Good seats and belts are a must. Make sure you have the basic equipment with you such as straps, D-rings, Hi-Lift, etc. Make sure you have proper recovery points on the Jeep. Dont go for the cheesy tube bumbers and nerf bars you see running around. These will lose ground clearance and are not as strong as square bumpers and rock-rails. Once you are safe, equipped and armoured, then start on more drivetrain beef. One piece axle, lockers, winch, lift, shocks, etc. are going to depend on what you plan todo and how serious you want to get. There are more parts made for Jeeps than any other vehicle ever created, so you can rebuild, replace, or modify any part on your Jeep.
One word of caution, many "simple Jeep rebuilds" get addictive and become a way of life. You have been warned! [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]