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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-09-2001, 12:06 AM
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CJ7or CJ5, which to buy?

I know this probly has been asked like a million times but I can't find anything on the search engine. I am thinking about buying my friends old CJ7 or his CJ5. My question is how big of a lift do the make for these Jeeps? My second question is which make a better machine off road(generally speaking)? Is there any thing I should for when buying one of them?

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Re: CJ7or CJ5, which to buy?

well its more or less personal opinion.. The CJ5 is alittle shorter wheelbase than the CJ7.. making it more "unsafe"[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img] when lifting it. CJ5 models before '76 came with a D44 rearend.. which is a good start.. Most lifts for CJ7s,CJ5s,YJS, ect... are normally Four in suspension lift.. The driveline angle is alittle greater with a CJ5 when lifting it to 4in. Engines were nearly identical during the years they were produces.. So its a matter of what you want.. I'd go with a longer wheelbase CJ7 for crawling..but really its what you want.. Also think its a smaller cab in the CJ5.. hope some of this helps.. goodluck

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Re: CJ7or CJ5, which to buy?

Give us a few more details, what engines they have, year's, etc. I am building a CJ5 and wouldn't trade it for the world, but when I get done with it, I would like to build something with a little longer wheelbase. You can get into some length problems with the 5, but they are cool! Matter of personal taste I guess. I know there are a few guys on here that would say not to buy a bug eye and find something with square headlights, but don't listen to them!! They have some issues! lol Just figure it out and buy one of them, there is plenty of money and time to be spent on either one!

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Re: CJ7or CJ5, which to buy?

I noticed that you mentioned lifting the Jeep a CJ-7 will handle better with a lift than a Cj-5 will.But the best thing that I think that I can tell you is to test drive both of the jeeps that will probably answer your questions right away as to which one you would like best.

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Re: CJ7or CJ5, which to buy?

well... what have you decided

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Re: CJ7or CJ5, which to buy?

i have had both a 76 cj5 and a 79 cj7 into for about a my cj5 was a really cool jeep. it being shorter than the cj7 gave me a few problems. first when i put my 4 inch lift in. i though i was all cool and when out for a spin and only made it abut 10 miles before the ujoints were shot. so i had to get cv drive shavts and shims. also if you want to put a differnt tranny in it. one that is a little longer like an nv4500 or 700r4. you will end up with like a 2 inch drive shaft. the reason i was thinking of putting one of theses trannies in is cause i wanted more on road drive ablity. i curently have a cj7. with a 304 and 5 speed tranny and like it alot. i like haveing more room in the cab too. but if its strictly a trail jeep then it really wouldn't matter all that much. just pick the one with the best engine, tranny and t-case.

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Re: CJ7or CJ5, which to buy?

Get the one with the toughest components and best condition, you can always put on square lights afterwards, to stop you from catching the bug eye syndrome...

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Re: CJ7or CJ5, which to buy?

Its interesting that people say that lifting a CJ5 is more dangerous than a CJ7. I disagree. A CJ5 is effectively limited by maximum lift whereas a CJ7 can be lifted slightly higher making it more prone to flipping. Also, unless you swap out the axles, both (until the widetrack) are the same width.

If you're planning to do tight trails, I'd go with the CJ5. If your planning to do BIG rocks, go with the CJ7. If you're planning on mud, go with a J10!

Now I'll tell you that I am extremely bias. I have had a CJ5 for just over five years now, during which I have driven it up to 90mph (NOT recommended), taken on 10 hour trips on teh highways, and bashed around and through some seriously tight trails (nobody told me it was ATVs only!).

I love my CJ5 and will get a longer wheelbase Jeep when I can afford both. Besides, if length is your worry, go for a CJ6 or CJ8!

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