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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-08-2001, 07:03 PM
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CJ5 running gear to a CJ7 frame and body

Hi guys, I saw the artcile on the CJ to YJ swap, which leads me to ask you this question:

I got a bud who has excellent CJ5 running gear but the frame and body is toast. What would be involved with putting the 5 running gear(motor, tranny and front and rear diffs) in a donor 7 frame and body?

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Re: CJ5 running gear to a CJ7 frame and body

There shouldnt be any issues really . I believe you`ll need a longer rear driveshaft ( CJ7 is 11 inches longer rearwards than the 5`s ) . There are subtle differences in firewalls between 76 - 86 tubs. For example , if the CJ7 tub is an 83 w/ 4 cyl , then it used a hydraulic clutch , a pre 80 CJ didnt , they used manual linkage . Little issues like that will(may come up ) . Do your research and watch this board but I dont see it as being a problem . IMO


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Re: CJ5 running gear to a CJ7 frame and body

what year cj5? what engine tranny case combo?

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Re: CJ5 running gear to a CJ7 frame and body

i dont like narrow trac axles.. especially the ones with drum brakes..

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Re: CJ5 running gear to a CJ7 frame and body

Well he is stuck with the gear he got. 78 - 5 going on a 83 - 7. Both are reg, ie. no wide track. Any probs with body mounts lining up,due to the 11 inch diff in length? This guy is a newbie to this type of stuff and just wants to know if he is getting in over his head.

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Re: CJ5 running gear to a CJ7 frame and body

Body mounts have nothing to do with the CJ5 running gear (engine,trans,t-case,axles) going to a CJ7 frame and body. The difference in length will be made up hy the rear driveshaft. Front driveshaft from the CJ5 will work. Sounds like somebody is in over their head if body mounts are a question. By the way, the 83 CJ7 does (or did) have the wide track axles. They started in '82.

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