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Unread 07-11-2013, 09:50 AM   #1
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Cj5 upgrade...help?

I recently bought a 79 Cj-5 and I would like to make it into a rock crawler/show jeep. Can anyone help out with some upgrade advise? I already have a lift but that is it.

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Unread 07-11-2013, 07:08 PM   #2
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First thing I did to mine and all my new to me rides is get the maintenance done. Fix the safety stuff, get it reliable and fun to drive. A base line. That's if it's a daily driver and a toy. If it's just a toy. Then comes the roll cage, rims & tires more horse power, winch, stereo, speakers, lights, more lights....

Get a specific goal, make sure they don't conflict. Like hard core rock crawler and good gas mileage work commuter. Make a list, kind of price it out then go for it.

A Jeep is almost endless when it comes to upgrades.
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Unread 07-11-2013, 09:35 PM   #3
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I recently bought a 79 Cj-5 and I would like to make it into a rock crawler/show jeep. Can anyone help out with some upgrade advise? I already have a lift but that is it.
A) just empty every pocket
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Your average rock crawler that gets used in the rocks won't make much of a show vehicle. Mine looks pretty good from 20ft away, but then you start to see all of the scratches,dents, torn metal, etc.

Which do you really want, crawler or show pony?
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Unread 07-11-2013, 09:58 PM   #5
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Your average rock crawler that gets used in the rocks won't make much of a show vehicle. Mine looks pretty good from 20ft away, but then you start to see all of the scratches,dents, torn metal, etc.

Which do you really want, crawler or show pony?
I couldn't agree more.

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Moab 2010 caused by on its side.


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Numerous incidents with trees and rocks. BTW, that's my 81 yo dad in the passenger seat.

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Unread 07-12-2013, 09:43 AM   #6
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A) just empty every pocket
I have this sticker on my dash!
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Unread 07-12-2013, 09:47 AM   #7
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Your average rock crawler that gets used in the rocks won't make much of a show vehicle. Mine looks pretty good from 20ft away, but then you start to see all of the scratches,dents, torn metal, etc.

Which do you really want, crawler or show pony?
Something like this.
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Unread 07-12-2013, 09:57 AM   #8
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But a nicer jeep ;-)
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Unread 07-12-2013, 10:07 AM   #9
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I have it everything fixed up inside and out but I need bumpers and not sure what I have to do underneath to make it do what the jeep above is doing.
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