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Unread 01-24-2009, 09:14 PM   #1
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232 and 258 6cyl. differences

How can I tell the difference between a 232cid and a 258cid 6cyl. eng.? I have had so people tell me to buy a 1976 or newer CJ-5 instead of a 74 or 75. If a intermediate Jeep say 1974 or 75 has been upgraded to pwr. steering with a tilt column and has a 258 6 cyl. eng., what would be the bennifit of getting a 76 or 77 CJ-5?

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Unread 01-25-2009, 01:05 AM   #2
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76's and newer have a wider body. Also the Newer Cj5's have a Roll Bar similar to the CJ7 which looks better than the older roll bar. The 76 and under year Cj5's look more like the military style Jeeps and have the windshield wiper motor outside. I would say to listen to your friends because the newer 5's look and feel better, but thats my opinion. All that matter's is if it's a Cj.
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Unread 01-25-2009, 05:20 PM   #3
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76 had the wiper motor on the inside. 76 and later have a newer style frame that's wider in the rear. Up to 78 or 79 the roll bar was still mounted on the fenders like the older CJ5's

People say they can still find a lot of stuff available for 75 and older jeeps.
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Unread 01-26-2009, 01:21 PM   #4
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Well the Jeep DJ5's had fully boxed frames in the front and the springs outboard of the frame which greatly increased stability.
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