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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-27-2005, 01:12 AM
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Best lift for CJ-7

Hey Guys What lift kit would you recommend for my CJ-7? Here’s a run down of the Jeep. 81 CJ-7 Fiberglass tub and front end, 350 Chevy, turbo 400 trans, Dana 300 TC. 9000 lbs winch. All the differentials are stock and so is the suspension. I’m running 31-11.5 Tires that are well over half worn out. And they’re rubbing when I turn very sharp. I’d like to raise it enough to run 33-12.5 tires. I do mostly moderate 4 wheeling. This is my daily driver at the current time so I would like it to ride as good as possible. Any help would be greatly appreciated
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Re: Best lift for CJ-7

BDS makes some good stuff, but the rubbing likely is due to your Tire and rim size. Went through this last yaer with a cj5 and a set of 3/4 inch wheel spacers solved the problem.
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Re: Best lift for CJ-7

you can do a SOA spring over axle
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Re: Best lift for CJ-7

I would recommend swapping axles if you lift a narrow track. After lifting mine 4", I could lift the inside rear tire when turning in intersections.

Also, with the TH400, how long is your rear driveshaft? What is the angle your u-joints are in now?
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I would recommend swapping axles if you lift a narrow track. After lifting mine 4", I could lift the inside rear tire when turning in intersections.

Also, with the TH400, how long is your rear driveshaft? What is the angle your u-joints are in now?

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I'll check the driveshaft length and angle later today. C.O.R.E offroad in OKC did the 350 and turbo 400 conversion They had the shafts built.I have never checked the angle.
I have been thinking about a shackle reversal and change over to wrangler springs
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The rear driveshaft is 17 3/4 center of U joint to center of U joint. My nephew Has my angle gauge out of town with him until monday. I would guess it roughly at a 8-10 Deg angle. The front driveshaft in almost level prob 2-3 at the most. I'll get the exact angles monday night
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For the money, SOA is the way to go....assuming you have some mechanical abilities.
Find some stock Wrangler springs....same front and rear. The rear part of the front spring will fit your existing frame, but the front spring hanger and shackle will be too narrow. Replace the front spring hanger with a stock rear hanger and move it forward 1". Overall, you will end up with about 5" of lift.

I do NOT recomend poly bushings. Keep it stock rubber and it will ride great without beating your kidneys to death.

As with any lift, you will need new shocks, CV driveshaft and longer brake lines. Don't waste time trying to shim the rear....it won't work.

One other thing....going over 31" tires means you really need to regear. With 33's, you want to have around 4.10 gears. Hence, you really want to look at your axles before you start droping gears in them.
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Re: Best lift for CJ-7

With an 18" rear driveshaft, I think you're going to have to go to a high angle CV shaft. I don't think a regular CV will work once you lift it. Since this is your daily driver, I suggest you do the lift when you have about 2 weeks of alternative transportation.
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