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post #1 of 7 Old 10-18-2010, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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Bought a 83 CJ7

I just bought a 83 CJ7 with a 3 speed and a 304 v8 it has a spring over done and 35 inch tires. The guy I bought it from knew nothing about this jeep everything appears to be stock what tranny, transfer case, and rears should my jeep have in it? I also have a serious steering problem it is all over the road I will start with the castor and go from there I suppose also has a vibration when moving I will get the transfer case lowering kit and give it a try. Any info or help would be helpful

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post #2 of 7 Old 10-18-2010, 06:17 PM
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Awesome, welcome to the club. It may have the 3.31 gears in it. How many gears does the tranny have? look on the housing of the transfer case to determine which one you have. There is some variable out there and depending what was done before it is hard to say what is in there. As for steering look and make sure you dont have longer shackles than stock that will cause alot of wander. get underneath and see if any joints are worn....

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post #4 of 7 Old 10-18-2010, 10:45 PM
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1983 never came with a V8 or a 3spd.
It's been swapped or its not a 1983.
Stock is a Dana 30 up front & an AMC 20 in the rear.
Sounds like someone did a poor SOA/incorrect steering system geometry.
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Here is a Web site that will help with what a '83 CJ7 would have come equipped with:

Short Jeeps: CJ-7

As LT1CJ7 stated, a '83 would not have a V8 ('81 was the last year) and the tranny would be a 4 or 5 speed, transfer case should be a Dana 300.

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post #6 of 7 Old 10-19-2010, 09:44 AM
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the problem is the spring over, I ,m not a fan of these and think they are dangerous if not done correctly. Not many people can do one correctly
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Originally Posted by LT1CJ7 View Post
1983 never came with a V8 or a 3spd.
It's been swapped or its not a 1983.
Stock is a Dana 30 up front & an AMC 20 in the rear.
Sounds like someone did a poor SOA/incorrect steering system geometry.
My 82 came with a 304. Was that the last year?

Note; Sorry - Should have read this first"

The CJ-7 was originally offered with the 232 I6 as the stock engine and the 258 and 304 as an optional engines. In the late 70s, the 232 was dropped and the 258 became the stock engine. In 1980, the GM 151 I4 I4 engine was stock and the 258 and 304 were optional. The last year for the 304 was 1981. The GM 151 was replaced with the AMC 150 I4 in 1984.
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