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Re: some basic jeep questions
CJ5s compared to CJ7s..
for mostly on road Id have to say get a 7, ive got a 5, its small..
the transfercases are a draw, between 1980 and before.
the transmissions used after 1980 arent near as strong as the ones used up until 1979.
the best transmission ( In my opinion)being a 77-79 T18a 4 speed, factory option, only behind 6 cylinders in CJ series, its a 6.32:1 1st gear granny low transmission made by Borg and Warner and is damn near impossible to tear up..the low 1st gear is awesome off road too, just idle up and over stuff
for 35 inch tires and much offroad usage your probably going to need upgraded axles anyhow.
as far as the Quadra track, its handy if you drive in alot of snow because of the fulltime 4x4, the fluid is really expensive it has an aluminum case, and a chain, some folks would call these features weaknesses, and as mentioned early it has a funky offset rear axle.
it was either only available behind a GM built TH400 automatic tranny, or a very RARE option behind a stick ( ive never seen one with a stick)
another thing to keep in mind on engine swaps, a CJ5 is just barely long enough, with an automatic tranny the rear driveshaft gets really short.
In need of a T18 tranny!