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Unread 03-22-2004, 11:02 PM   #1
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Body tub advice

Ok finally time to tackle replacing the body.
Engine, Tranny, Transfer,Exhaust, axles, shocks, and springs all done
but the body is finally dropping off in chunks.

Any one out there have any feedback on:
1.Aluminum body
2.Steel Body (rhino lined)
3. Kevlar body (gotta love bullet proof fibers)

I wont be doing all the work myself but will have to fork out funds for someone else to do this and i am leaning towards the steel replacement body just for ease of installation and turn around time.

Any thoughts?

86 cj7 Renegade

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Unread 03-25-2004, 07:51 PM   #2
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Hey dude....I did the YJ body swap on my 84 and it couldn't have been easier. I went the extra mile though and moved my CJ tailgate over. Only real mods to get the YJ tub to bolt up is move the body mount holes on the rear crossmember out about 3/4 inch. Other than that, everything bolts up just fine.

Hope this helps...

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Unread 03-26-2004, 11:40 AM   #3
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I am not trying to give advice but here is what I did.

Bought an Aluminum Body from JP Off Road, so far it is on the money for mounting pad location and angles built in to the body.

There are no holes in the tub at all, even the body mounting pads are set up so you don't have to open the inside to the outside.
The door, hood and tail gate mounting points are reinforces with an additoina 5/16th aluminum in side of the body, again you don't have to drill through but I think the hinges will be more secure with through bolts.

The weight, four people can handle the CJ8 tub without a problem.

Drilling the aluminum to mount everything is best done using "Auto Trans Fluid" as a lube (A MUST).

Keep your old body as a templet, just incase you have a measurement question.

Anything else, just ask.


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Unread 03-26-2004, 12:20 PM   #4
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Get a yj tub. find one thats not damaged and not rusted out,there are good tubs out there,Ijust bought one a week age for 550.00 great shape no rust.

If you go with a yj tub here are a few things I found out when I did my 83 cj-7

1)2 body mounts, the 2 in front of the rear tires must be moved(one on each side)then its a direct bolt on.
2)go with a hydraulic clutch(much easier to do)
3)you can use your instrument panel off your cj
4)I used a yj windshield frame
5) I welded my tailgate hinges to the tub so I could use my cj tailgate
6)might want to use a yj gas tank because your filler nozzle is on the opposite side of the jeep

just a few mods and your good to go.I think if you buy a yj tub and buy the parts you need to get her done ,you probably will spend the same amount then just buying a fiber or alum tub. thats just my opinion.
good luck ,keep us posted on your project.

btw boiler ,you moved just 2 mounts on your crossmember?just wondering because I just had to move 2 mounts that are on the outside of the frame
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Unread 03-28-2004, 05:50 PM   #5
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I would caution you not to use a YJ gas tank and keep the filler on the driver's side because your exhuast pipe would then be directly underneath your fuel filler. Probably not the best plan.

Your better of cutting a hole on the passangers side and using a CJ tank.

Use the license plate braket off a YJ and it will hide the extra hole. Or get some diamond plate corners and cover it up.
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Unread 03-30-2004, 02:21 PM   #6
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For drop-on, stay with the steel. If you got time you can go with the Fiberglas Like I did. My CJ has been glass for 11 years now. It's a 4WD body with a AJ one piece nose. It was my daily driver for a while. The 4WD body is a strong one. Some are junk.

You do have to be creative though. There are no holes. You get a jacuzzi shaped like a Jeep.

I have no experience with the Aluminum bodies.
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