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Unread 08-27-2013, 06:21 PM   #1
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Difference between 82- and 82+ Cj7 frame

I got a 1979 CJ7 with 86 diff and I dont know frame year.

I want to buy a lift kit and I need to tell my frame year... what is the difference between 82 - and 82 +.

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Unread 08-27-2013, 06:41 PM   #2
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There isnt a differance. you will have wide track diff's so get some YJ springs (OME recommended) and your on the way.
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Unread 08-27-2013, 09:08 PM   #3
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Frames from 76-86 should all be same. Of course hopefully any PO's havent mangled it too much. 82-86 will have tge wide track axles (4" wider I think, 2"per side) but all frame mount locations same
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Unread 08-27-2013, 09:22 PM   #4
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what about the upper front shock mount weren't the narrow track mounts short and welded to the frame, and the wide track mounts taller and bolted on?
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Unread 08-27-2013, 09:49 PM   #5
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I have an 80 narrow track, mine were bolted. I have taller mid 90's (iirc) F-350 mounts welded in place when I did the SOA back around 2000... am sitting on YJ leaves currently and in process of building a D30/44 combo out of an '86 to go wide trac. You could literally swap in wide tracks and not have to change leaves, mounts, shocks or drive shafts.
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Unread 08-28-2013, 08:42 AM   #6
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Shock mounts are different on '82 and up. There can be differences in crossmembers at the rear depending on year as well as skidplate bolt hole locations. For 76-77 they aren't boxed front to rear. Frames aren't exactly the same for the run from 76-86.
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Unread 08-28-2013, 09:16 AM   #7
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For the purposes of buying new suspension, there is no real difference. Read the OME thread (even if you dont buy those springs) as there is all the info you ever need in there about springs, shackles, hangers, YJ upgrades, shock lengths, SOA's, tie rod flips and much more.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/ol...?highlight=ome
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