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Unread 01-06-2012, 09:18 PM   #1
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Cj5 is pissing me off!

Everytime I even look at my cj something breaks. I finally got it where it's a reliable good driver after I can't even explain how much and I go to pull it in the garage tonight and put my corner guards on and when I turn the key, oh what do you know the ignition barrel snaps! I'm so tired of everything breaking on this thing. I haven't even wheeled it hard yet.

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Unread 01-06-2012, 09:23 PM   #2
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Thats why when ever someone says to me 'Hey, guess what... I just bought a Jeep'... the first thing I say to them is 'Your poor bastard'.
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Unread 01-06-2012, 09:36 PM   #3
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Thats why when ever someone says to me 'Hey, guess what... I just bought a Jeep'... the first thing I say to them is 'Your poor bastard'.
I have been to hell and back with this thing and then I was expecting it to return the favor. I guess I'm wrong because it's not to hell and back it's to hell and never returning with this
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Unread 01-06-2012, 10:23 PM   #4
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about 10 feet of wire, a toggle switch and a push button will solve all your problems then you can use the 15 dollar reciept to mop up your tears!
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Unread 01-06-2012, 10:47 PM   #5
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at least its something cheap.
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Unread 01-07-2012, 03:48 AM   #6
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Your not alone..every time i fix a problem in my scrambler something else breaks..
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Unread 01-07-2012, 05:05 AM   #7
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I understand your undies are in a wad, right now, but do you really expect something different out of a 35-year old vehicle?

I see you are running basically a stock CJ with a lift and bigger tires. You probably don't have the correct gears for that setup, which is causing you to over-exert the engine, which leads to failure.

Also, those Rough Country springs probably aren't doing you any favors, either. I understand they are extremely stiff, which in turn will tend to rattle things loose.

I'm not dissing your ride, just looking for possible reasons you're having so much trouble with it.

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Unread 01-07-2012, 05:42 AM   #8
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I gotta agree with Matt. Mine is an 85 Scrambler that has had a frame off resto, and I always have something I have to tinker with--last night was a leaking fuel line and exhaust leak. They are old vehicles with (probably) tired parts and metal. Mhopefully you just have hit a point where it all comes at once and it will turn around soon.

Good luck with getting it straight.
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Unread 01-07-2012, 09:27 AM   #9
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Thats why when ever someone says to me 'Hey, guess what... I just bought a Jeep'... the first thing I say to them is 'Your poor bastard'.
TOO FUNNY!
And too true...
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Unread 01-07-2012, 10:01 AM   #10
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....as for me to stem that tide of breakdowns, whenever possible I purchase the very best parts I can find. That is if I can't make it myself~then I know who to blame
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Unread 01-07-2012, 10:55 AM   #11
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I've learned there is no such thing as a 'Single' repair or replacement.

With the OPs 35 year old vehicle, much of that time with NO maintenance,
I just replace all the 'Consumables' as I go.
Never "JUST" a wheel seal change, it's U Joints, ball studs, wheel bearings, brake calipers/rotor, ect.
Since what is still there has usually been destroyed or damaged by the long list of POs...
Chisels on spindle nuts, dry U Joints, ball studs with enough slop in them you don't need suspension, ect.
Along with 35 year old springs, shocks that quit working when Reagan was in office, missing spring and frame mount rubber bushings, ect. it's ALWAYS a challenge!
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Unread 01-07-2012, 11:29 AM   #12
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Your CJ is merely training you to be a CJ owner. Not only is it teaching you it's weak points, it is showing you which fixes work and which ones not so much. You will become more and more knowledgeable the longer you own it.
Question is, do you have enough character/grit to stay in this course?
For those of us about to snap there is a little support group called jeepforum.
Sadly though, for those of us already over the edge, there is no twelve step program for CJ owners.
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Unread 01-07-2012, 12:39 PM   #13
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When I picked up my CJ5 it only "needed" a rear drive shaft. Bwahahhaha.

After I found this broken and that broken I decided to do a full frame off resto. This was FIVE years ago! I would recommend the complete restore as I found a lot of things that were just plain not safe. For example just about every one of the body mount bolts broke immediately when I tried to remove them. Also, the spring hanger bolts and even shackles had brittle bolts that just fell apart.

So.. basically I have been out of a really fun jeep for 5 years and am just not rounding the corner of it being done. But, I know I will have a reliable safe rig as EVERYTHING is basically new. And to top it off, I've been in EVERY component of the Jeep.. completely tore down and rebuilt the engine, transmission, brakes.. etc.. I know if something goes wrong I will know exactly what to do to fix it as it's already been done!
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Unread 01-07-2012, 07:59 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by Matt1881CJ7
I understand your undies are in a wad, right now, but do you really expect something different out of a 35-year old vehicle?

I see you are running basically a stock CJ with a lift and bigger tires. You probably don't have the correct gears for that setup, which is causing you to over-exert the engine, which leads to failure.

Also, those Rough Country springs probably aren't doing you any favors, either. I understand they are extremely stiff, which in turn will tend to rattle things loose.

I'm not dissing your ride, just looking for possible reasons you're having so much trouble with it.

Matt
It's more than a lift and tires... I have lower gears, welded rear, I didn't use the rough country springs I used stock yj springs.
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Unread 01-07-2012, 08:59 PM   #15
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Im sure your springs broke your ignition switch.....good one! its just old and you love it. just keep fixing her . it will always have way more character then a new one!
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