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post #1 of 9 Old 05-09-2013, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
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CJ's '85 CJ7 Build

I just picked up this 1985 CJ, this February. I have been planning and gathering parts and, this weekend, its time to put in some work. I have RC 4" YJ Springs I picked up for $150, a set of 34x10.5x15 SuperSwampers I picked up for $200, and I just received $276 worth of parts from Quadratec, just today. Thats RE shackles, RE u-bolts, and RE spring plates.

Here is my starting point, stock...



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post #2 of 9 Old 05-10-2013, 09:37 AM Thread Starter
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It looks like rain w/ a side of thunder, tomorrow and I don't currently have a garage! I think I will still work in the rain... I can set up a tarp.
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post #3 of 9 Old 05-13-2013, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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After diving into the build in Saturday's rainy conditions, it didn't take me long to determine that I forgot to purchase hardware for the main eyes of my leaf springs. I hopped in the car and spent the next two and a half hours driving around, looking for a place that sold the proper size sleeves (1/2" ID and 3/4" OD). After checking 4 different stores, I still did not find what I needed. As to not of completely waste the weekend on no progress, I decided to steal the hardware from my front shackle kit.

So I was able to finish what I needed to do in the rear. Here is how she currently stands, leaning forward:


I have not put in new shocks yet. The stock shocks are completely extended and are probably shorting my springs by an inch or more. I should have the cash to by 4 shocks, all around in early June. In the mean time, I will get the needed hardware to finish the front.
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post #4 of 9 Old 05-14-2013, 08:48 AM
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Looking good! Cant wait to see it out on the trails! The bigger tires will make it look alot better too!

Wheel - Wreck - Wrench - Repeat!

The VIN says its a 79 CJ
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post #5 of 9 Old 05-14-2013, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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Looking good! Cant wait to see it out on the trails! The bigger tires will make it look alot better too!
Well it won't look quite like yours with 42s!!!
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post #6 of 9 Old 05-14-2013, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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More hardware on order. It should be here, Thursday. I will swap out the bolts that I used on my rear main eyes with the new ones. That way, I will have my grease fittings.

Then, on to the front lift springs. Sway bar? Who needs it! lol.

Hopefully, I can arrange for my tire swap, this weekend, as well.

Per some advice, I think I will pull my stock shocks and run no shocks for memorial day weekend. Time to hit the trails! Then, I'll make the ride a little safer by putting in some new shocks, early June.

"What could go wrong?" Famous last words!
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post #7 of 9 Old 05-14-2013, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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Maybe I will see what condition my soft top is in, this weekend, as well!
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post #8 of 9 Old 05-19-2013, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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I moved my build here: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/cj...build-1523347/

"What could go wrong?"
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