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Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: C-ville, VA
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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!
Jeep...need I say more?