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Unread 02-26-2013, 08:05 PM   #1
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Cj5 lift...

Anyone help me with advice on what lift to by for my 83 cj5 I wanna run 33-35 in tire. But is going to see a lot of highway time along with light off roading

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Unread 02-26-2013, 08:42 PM   #2
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This would be the best place to start ...lots of great info in here.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f199/

Then, once you have a chance to do a little homework on your own, you can come back and you'll be able to ask some more specific questions. This isn't intended to be rude at all, but this exact question is asked at least once a week. It's like asking for a restaurant recommendation. You need to let the person you're asking know what you like, what city you're in, are you allergic to anything, etc. etc. etc.
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Unread 02-27-2013, 12:49 AM   #3
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Mine is 2.5 bds spring with 0.5 shackle and I fit 33 super swampers just fine. If you have pre 80 narrow track axles you may need to look at your wheel depth or your tires will hit the springs when turned sharply. For 35s you would be best off with a 4 inch spring and maybe an extra 0.5 in shackle lift(actual shackle lift is half the overall extra length of the shackle).
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Unread 02-27-2013, 07:12 AM   #4
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Or not..... you stick it on a CJ5 and you will probably bog on the highway and spend a fortune at the gas pump.

Read the threads and investigate your rig a bit, what axle ratios do you have and which tranny.
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Shackle lift will also change your pinion angle ao must be careful with that method
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Or not..... you stick it on a CJ5 and you will probably bog on the highway and spend a fortune at the gas pump.

Read the threads and investigate your rig a bit, what axle ratios do you have and which tranny.
Your first comment kind of doesn't jive with the second one... I have 33's on mine and it doesn't bog at all and gets decent mileage.

that said, I have a 304 and 3.54 gears... it helps as you said in the second part to know what it is that he has, and therefore can have better advice applied.

Greenough12, read other threads, fill out your signature, and give all the pertinent info and then you will receive a whole lot of different opinions that will leave you scratching your head as there is no perfect hammer for that nail.

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Unread 02-27-2013, 09:12 AM   #7
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Yea thanks guys and all this is helping this is a frame up build and I can kinda go any direction from where I'm at now. But ill have plenty of power I have a 350 crate motor going in it and I'm running a fiberglass body
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I am in the process of doing a similar t hing on my Scrambler.
After all the research, it came out as the Rubicon Express 4.5 lift and a 1" body lift on the Scrambler to clear the 35's I wanted to run.

1986 axles, so Dana 44 out back and Dana 30 up front, widetracks, and converted front discs to the older style with 6 bolts hubs instead of 5 bolts.

Those are 15x10 procomps white waggies with 35" Baja claws on there now... it sits where I want it to.

All that said, I read a lot and didn't spare any expense. I did it the way I wanted to and didn't get there with a shackle lift or SOA, etc. I did it with the suspension and integreated a little bit higher body lift (yes the wood blocks are simulating a little higher that 1" BL in the pictures)

All said and done though, it wasn't cheap, but I think it was the right way to go.





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Unread 02-27-2013, 09:49 AM   #9
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I know that others will disagree with me but the CJ5 with 35s on the highway is not a great (safe) proposition unless you can honestly keep it around 55 or 60 mph. The CJ5 has such a short wheelbase that there are a lot of factors to think about and NO...I disagree with the first response you received. Definitely ask as many questions as you want. Almost every question imaginable has been asked multiple times and answered multiple time with slight differences. If there were no repeat questions and ideas, nobody would post anything at all so always good to ask.

I run 33s on a '74 CJ5 with a 7"+ Rocky Road SOA lift. This would be overkill for your requirements but I can tell you that whatever you end up with, you will want a sway bar if you run on the highway. I can run 55 to 60mph but it can get squirrely at that speed mainly because I have no sway bar and my center of gravity is way up there. Running 35s may be an issue if you have a stock AMC20 rear end or, a crappy transmission. Unsprung weight (tires) add huge stresses to your driveline.

Consider filling out your profile so people can see what your setup is and share genuine experience based on what you currently have. If you are not sure, there is a plethora of information on here to help you identify.

Good Luck! Evan
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Unread 02-27-2013, 08:31 PM   #10
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yet again thanks guys. I have updated my profile with the information i have i also have a build thread with some pictures. and information and advice would be very helpful. Right now the first step Im going to tackle is the Frame, lift, breaks, and rebuild the axles. I have in my mind to powder coat the frame and axles. Hey Cert.Jeep whats the info on your frame it sure is pretty.
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Unread 02-28-2013, 07:34 AM   #11
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The frame itself came out of the estate of the Wnuk family, who are the owners of AllthingsJeep.com

When Norman Wnuk passed away, they had a sale of a lot of Jeep parts that he had acquired over the years. This frame was going to be his next build. It is a Matkins frame. Very beefy, very stout.

I have most of the modifications done to it, but still a few more things to get to.
I started this build before we started having kids, so it has slowed a bit, but I am still picking away at it. I get parts here and there and want to do it a particular way after building so many other rigs that I did more cheaply, or didn't do what I wanted to do at the time because of outside issues.

So, it will be hopefully exactly what I want when it is done.
From what I understand Matkins isn't around anymore, but the next closes is http://www.throttledownkustoms.com/ to what I have... again, this is how I understand it, anyone feel free to correct me if I am wrong.

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