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Unread 05-25-2014, 11:03 AM   #1
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Hello, new to the forum. I've previously owned 2 jeeps, one was a YJ, the other a TJ. Neither of them had problems or issues. That was 10 years ago. Last week I purchased my first CJ7. This one has a few bugs to work out, so I'll have lots of questions. I'm hoping to learn a lot from you veteran CJ7 owners.

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Unread 05-25-2014, 11:50 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum, the CJ looks in nice shape.
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Unread 05-25-2014, 12:26 PM   #3
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Welcome aboard. Good looking CJ!
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Unread 05-25-2014, 03:07 PM   #4
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Welcome to the CJ world! Put some large sheets of cardboard under her to see what's leaking.
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Unread 05-25-2014, 06:08 PM   #5
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Unread 05-25-2014, 08:58 PM   #6
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Thanks. Glad to be here. I've found a few of the leaks. The valve cover was leaking, fixed that one already. Once I got all the oil off of it I found the distributor gasket and power steering pump leaking. I'll order those tomorrow. Found a set of tires and wheels today and got them put on. Looks like I'll need to put a lift on it. They are 35" tires, will a 2.5" lift work or do I need to go 4"? Here is a pic.
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Unread 05-25-2014, 09:42 PM   #7
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I would go 4". 2.5 is just a tad too low for my 33s
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Unread 05-25-2014, 11:40 PM   #8
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Go 4" for sure. That Jeep ought to look pretty sharp lifted up off those 35's.
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Unread 05-26-2014, 12:46 AM   #9
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Personally, I liked it much better with the smaller tires and chrome wheels, but it's your rig.

Be advised, a 4" lift requires more than just different springs. If done correctly, the steering, driveline, brake lines, and perhaps the e-brake will all need to be modified.

Also, do you have the gearing for those 35"s? You'll need 4.10s, or higher, to turn that much rubber.

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Unread 05-26-2014, 01:32 AM   #10
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Yipes, those 35s remind me of Gladys when I first got her. The 35s looked fantastic, but slowed her to the point of snail like movement and I have 4.88:1 gears and a T18 with a granny low first. I have my CJs on 31s and stock springs, you rarely find something on a trail which cannot be driven over/around. Gladys now rests on 33" tyres just to lower the gearing on the trail, I rarely load it to anything like 7000lbs and ultra low gears are not a huge need.

You will need 4" of lift and changes to steeing, probably driveshafts and brakes to make it handle well. Also the 258 may need upgrading a little and the axles regearing so the engine does not bog. I also liked the smaller tyres and rims, but that is just me as a 31" fan and it is your Jeep!!!
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Unread 05-26-2014, 06:06 AM   #11
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Those smaller tire sans chrome spokes were much cleaner looking with the CJ lines IMO. It might've wise to let it all soak in before making any drastic changes. Get it safe and reliable, and drive it for a month or two stockish

But is your Jeep, only you can decide.
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Personally, I liked it much better with the smaller tires and chrome wheels, but it's your rig.
x2. But I'm more of a purist.
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If you plan to wheel a CJ with 35s you will need to trim the wheel wells or they will rub
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Unread 05-26-2014, 06:41 AM   #14
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Thanks for all the feedback. I saw the 35's and jumped on them. However, I really don't want to have to change, driveline, steering, and brake lines. Perhaps 33's would have been a better choice. If I go will 33's will I be able to get by with a 2.5" lift and nothing else?
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Unread 05-26-2014, 06:52 AM   #15
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Thanks for all the feedback. I saw the 35's and jumped on them. However, I really don't want to have to change, driveline, steering, and brake lines. Perhaps 33's would have been a better choice. If I go will 33's will I be able to get by with a 2.5" lift and nothing else?
Yes, I have a 2.5" spring lift and the heavier duty YJ shackles which add another 1/2" and clear my 33's no problem.
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