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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-18-2001, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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Carbs on cj-5

well i have learned to look for 77 and later on cj-5's, and i dont really knwo why. but also, everyone has been like get the 91 yj because of the efi, well the cj-5 has a carb, is there not any probs with that? also, i need ps and pb, what is the first year that is on the cj-5?

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Re: Carbs on cj-5

77 and later have boxed frames,
Buy a '5 and build it to what you want(YJs didn't come with V8s),
EFI is great but the right carb can work very good too(Q-jet),
If you find something without PS or PB, just swap it in, If your buying a 25 year old('77) CJ, your going to be replacing alot of worn out parts anyway.

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Re: Carbs on cj-5

I have a 77 cj5, with a quadrajet carb and with the right float adjustments it has performed very well. i have had my jeep on very steep inclines and way off camber situations and it hasn't stalled once.(adjustment is key)
i like the new jeeps too but i couldnt afford to drop 5,6 or 7 grand on one and then do all the mods that are needed to perform well. i bought it with a 304 that needed a little help but ran good for $1300 and it already had a full cage and plenty of extra parts including a full set of new ring and pinions (gears) as well as 6 bolt premium hubs and new axles, granted they are not exactly bullet proof but i picked up a d44 front (caliper to caliper) and a HD 20 for $200. i added a lift and a few other mods that i wanted (mostly all fabricated -which is cheaper-usually) if i had another $3000 to spend, my cj would rock on the toughest trails. it has power steering stock but no power brakes, i have stock disks up front and 11"drums in the rear-it stops excellent. i have read your posts and i think you should really get the jeep YOU like the most, it will be your daily driver and they can all be modified to perform well. all in all-it is cheeper to get the cj's and they are great fun to drive.
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take your time!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Carbs on cj-5

Best year for CJ5 is late 1979. You could get a nice boxed frame, 304 V8 with a nice little tranny (T150) which falls out easly if you want to place a T18 in its place, but will hold up to the 304 nicely if don't feel like the T18.

'79s also came with disc brakes and later ones had the rollbar that goes to the floor.

Like I've said in other threads....they're fun and definately different and MAN do they look good with the top down and an old style bikini top on.


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Re: Carbs on cj-5

Well, my personal opinion on 5's is: 77-78-79 cj-5's. You could get factory boxed frame, factory t-18 with granny low, factory 4.10 gears, and factory front discs with the six bolt hubs, and a stout dana 20 xcase. A stock crawl ratio of 52.6:1 is not to shabby. I could be biased since my 78 has all of the above stock! To drop crawl ratio even further you can go to 3.15 or lower transfer case gears or lower r&p. To get the above you had to get the 258 I-6 engine which is known for it's low end torque and reliability. 77 an 78 came with a 1bbl carter carb which is fine, and you can easily swap in a Rochester 2g like I did for even better off-road performance. It is very much personal opinion though.

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