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post #1 of 15 Old 05-28-2014, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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74 CJ-5 Build

What a project! Still have some stuff to do (especially installing new Painless wiring harness...ugh!) Paid $1000 for the CJ with an inline 6 258 which according to PO had about 7000 miles on it. He did give me a receipt with the date of purchase of the engine. Now just need to get dash re-done, remove the RS9000 shocks with the interior switch for filling them up (don't like having to use this to level the Jeep). Planning on maybe simple RS5000 shocks (any recommendations). I added all the shiny, front mounts for Hi-Lift jack, rear swing out bumper. Btw, my first Jeep.

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post #2 of 15 Old 05-28-2014, 06:48 PM
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Extremely nice CJ man.
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post #3 of 15 Old 05-30-2014, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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post #4 of 15 Old 05-31-2014, 01:06 AM
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Nice cj! That's exactly what I want! Too bad I can't find one that cheap :/
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post #5 of 15 Old 05-31-2014, 07:30 AM
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Great deal on the CJ. How do you plan to use it?
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Great deal on the CJ. How do you plan to use it?
PS: painless is exactly how the wire kit is. I hate electrical and it was one of the easiest things I've done.
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post #7 of 15 Old 05-31-2014, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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Take out summers to work and also to do some 4 wheelin'
Btw, any recommendations on shocks? It currently has a 3" lift kit with some Rancho RS9000 shocks. At bottom of dash it has a panel with some buttons to adjust shocks. I don't like that setup so looking for something simpler. Suggestions with light budget in mind. Thanks
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Take out summers to work and also to do some 4 wheelin' Btw, any recommendations on shocks? It currently has a 3" lift kit with some Rancho RS9000 shocks. At bottom of dash it has a panel with some buttons to adjust shocks. I don't like that setup so looking for something simpler. Suggestions with light budget in mind. Thanks
CJ 5s are very light so big lift leaf springs get stiff really fast. One of the best ways to lift a CJ on a budget is to do a spring over with stock YJ springs. The springs are flat and a little wider than your CJ so you'll need new spring hangers. Find someone who is/has upgraded their YJ suspension and get their stock springs and spring hangers and shackles. It's a little more detailed than that but it is very doable on a budget and should net you 5.5" lift. PM me if you have questions.
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Cool. But does that mean I have to remove the 3" lift kit that it already has? Spring hangers? Where can I get them besides somebody who has upgraded their YJ?
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Cool. But does that mean I have to remove the 3" lift kit that it already has? Spring hangers? Where can I get them besides somebody who has upgraded their YJ?
Yeah. If you want to keep ur current springs, the Rancho 9000s are nice. I would probable remove the remote adjusters and put the original knobs back on. Adjust them to one of the soft settings as I'm sure those 3" springs are pretty stiff. If it's still too stiff, then you can add weight to your Jeep to help soften the ride.
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Hey 7rock, thanks for the advice. I think I would prefer to do that but where do I get the original knobs? The PO never gave me any additional parts for this Jeep. Is there a place online to get them and do I have to remove the shocks in order to put back the knobs? I know what you're talking about cause I seen there have numbers for the different settings. Btw, thanks again.
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Hey 7rock, thanks for the advice. I think I would prefer to do that but where do I get the original knobs? The PO never gave me any additional parts for this Jeep. Is there a place online to get them and do I have to remove the shocks in order to put back the knobs? I know what you're talking about cause I seen there have numbers for the different settings. Btw, thanks again.
I would contact Rancho directly or 4WD hardware
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post #13 of 15 Old 06-03-2014, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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So got a switch, turn signal that is mounted on column near brakes. How do I connect my Painless wiring harness to this thing if it will even work? Part is Shee-Mar and just to let you know it's tilt steering column. Should I just get one of those that I can mount to column with a clamp (I mean the one comes with lever and hazard bottom)? I took off the dash panel yesterday and what a mess back there...help
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post #14 of 15 Old 06-03-2014, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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Meant turn signal lever and hazard button, all goes mounted via clamp
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post #15 of 15 Old 06-05-2014, 02:31 AM
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very nice car!
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