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Unread 09-30-2007, 06:43 PM   #1
Jerry Reaves
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I am rebuilding my 1983 CJ5 from ground up have a 4in lift and 1 in body lift and 2in shackle lift this jeep has not got power steering and I have a set of 35s that I have already purchased do you think it will be hard to steer or will I have steering problems also someone has removed the sway bar from the front end for some reason will this be a problem?

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Unread 09-30-2007, 06:53 PM   #2
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Jerry, Power steering should not be that big a deal, nice to have but not necessary even with 35's.
I'd make sure you have a good caster setting with those 2" shackle lifts, and power assist brakes to stop those 35's.

And yes, find yourself a sway bar.
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Unread 09-30-2007, 06:57 PM   #3
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That jeep will be so top-heavy it is pathetic. Not to mention that the 2 inch lift shackles will throw the over-all steering geometry off horribly. You will have an issue at low speeds with handling, it will be hard as **** to drive. Also, with 7 inches of overall lift, you are in 37 inch tire territory. The shackle lift isn't really needed for a 35. The roll-over risk on that Jeep will be crazy.
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Unread 09-30-2007, 08:29 PM   #4
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If steering "oomph" is an issue, it is really easy to convert a CJ to power steering. You can source the parts off another CJ and swap the stuff over in an afternoon. I see CJ power steering stuff on eBay all the time.
I used to drive my old 71 short-nosed CJ5 around on 35s for a few years.. before I put the 42s on it. I ran those tires with a SOA lift, Narrowtrac width, wheel spacers and offset rims. I paid attention while I was driving but it wasn't too bad. I even drove it down the highway a few times at about 65mph.
'80 CJ5 w/AMC360, T176, D44 w/Detroit 4.56, RE 4" YJ lift and 35s..

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