Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Richmond, VA
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axle and lift ideas for the 5 looking for input
ok, the motor is just about finished, a couple of final touches then off to get the exhaust done.
the next project is going to be the cage, but i'd like to keep my eyes out for parts for the future...
to start with, the jeep...
78 cj-5 360 with some work done to it (.040 over, comp cams 262 grind RV cam, 9.0 to 1, completely redone heads with a little special treatment, edelbrock performer intake, quadrajet, TR conversion with MSD6), 11" clutch with t-150 for now through mod 20 xcase. it has 31's on it now and i probably wont go bigger than 33 or 34's. i usually go slow and easy, but have been known to tap the skinny pedal from time to time. mostly moderate trails, some rocks, and some mud (a bit of everything i suppose). anyway...
i am kind of torn between keeping the model 20 rear and doing the one piece axles with the full floater kit and ARB or OX. if i do that i will go SUA 4 or 4.5" with a 1" body.
find an 8.8 or 9 inch and go SOA
find a nice set of 1 ton axles and try to squeeze them SOA under the 5.
i am kind of a traditionalist and this jeep is in really good shape so i would like to avoid any cutting on the body or drastic changes (though i could probably go for some tube fenders in the future). i am really inclined to build the heck out of the 20 and call it a day. so i guess what i'm really asking is is it possible to build a 20 to stand up to this jeep with a somewhat aggressive driver behind the wheel or should i forget about the 20 and start looking while i finish the other stuff?