Re: CJ-5 or 7
Yes, the short wheel base has disadvantages ON THE HIGHWAY. My 5 is from the first year they were made. 81" wheel base. It gets a little wandery at anything over 65. Even with the brand new steering components from box to wheel bearings. A steering damper helps a lot. The post-75's with the 4" longer wheel base probably handle a little better. It does get 20 mpg, though. I have Rancho springs and RS9000 shocks and the factory shackle reverse. It rides just fine for a vehicle that only has 5 feet between the front and rear tires. And yes, a 5 is cramped. Getting in and out is interesting, and you can get some severe leg cramps on long trips. (I am 6'2" and 250 lbs) A smaller steering wheel will help.
1955 Willys CJ5 Buick 225 V6 160HP 270ft-lbs, T90 trans, Warn OD, PTO winch, Spicer 18 T Case, RS9000's, Dana 25F/ 44R,
5.38:1 gears, 11" brakes, Bestop Supertop, Hurculiner