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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-12-2004, 05:26 AM
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morning guys, i have a 1980 cj5 jeep with a 327 in it. everything else is stock. i'm running 31 inch tires on it now but want to put 35's on it. someone told me that the bigger tires would cause alot of problems with my drive line. not going offroad with it or interstate just trying to make it look good to drive around town. what do you guys think, thanks
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Re: 35 in tires

you'll have to lift it or trim the fenders-cause they gonna rub

I don't know what came stock in a 80 cj. But if you have 3.73 gears or better, and/or a 4 speed tranny, you might get away w/o regearing.

Oh, and it wont be a hot rod anymore. You will find yourself driving slow and carefull.
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Re: 35 in tires

The factory tranny, unless it is a T-176 will be short lived behind that motor even with 31's, but even more so with 35's. The rear AMC 20 has two piece axles which won't hold up to 35's, but a 1 piece axle kit will fix that issue, and as Aaron said, a lift or lots of trimming (or a combination of the two). CJ-5's have short rear drive shafts and a big lift often times creates issues. There are way around this, like a CV drive shaft and pinion angle shims, but it can get expensive.
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 08-12-2004, 10:48 AM
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Re: 35 in tires

As mentioned above-the weak links will be the two piece axle shafts (replace with moser one piece)-or better yet a 14 bolt chevy rear with a dana 44 up front. Transmission-definately need to upgrade that as well, and gears, and shim spring pads, and extra body/suspension lift, maybe driveshafts and linkages etc... (NO shckle lift please) I had to lift my CJ7 about 11 inches to properly clear my 35 inch tires for full articulation off-road. Please do not be that guy who I see at a stop light with the 35's eating the fender flares as you go over speedbumps. Be prepared to throw some money to accomodate 35's properly.

In short-I honestly do not think its worth the effort for grocery getter.

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