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Unread 01-09-2013, 01:01 AM   #16
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No, that is a "krait". Anyone calling bagusjeep an old krait will get a punch.

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Unread 01-09-2013, 03:19 AM   #17
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Such a nice jeep but thse tire will forever give you problems for DD...
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Unread 01-09-2013, 06:53 AM   #18
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No, that is a "krait". Anyone calling bagusjeep an old krait will get a punch.
Make mine rum punch.

OP, I feel for ya buddy, I've been in your shoes when it comes to our sons it was 15 years ago. I'm in a time crunch but I'll get back to reading the entirety of your thread.

And welcome to JF, Bill
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Unread 01-09-2013, 11:45 AM   #19
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Thanks guys. I thought it was a pretty cool jeep. It has one tiny spot of rust just above the rear wheel arch on the passenger side. It looks like, when I stick my hand up under the fender, that mud and water gets trapped in that seam...haven't researched it though.

I think before I do anything, I am going to get rid of the wheels/tires and then re-evaluate. My first thought was to go to 33x12.50's, but then after reading your comments about 31's and doing some measuring, I may just split the difference and go with 32x11.50's. I'll have to read up as to what wheel specs would need to be with regards to backspacing and off-set.

As a side note, I am curious about how common the frame cracking is on these? I've seen steering box supports and weld in frame reinforcements.

I also think I will hold off on doing anything with axles. I will spend 90% of my time on the road for the next 6 months anyway.

I do want to upgrade the brakes, I've never driven manual brakes until this Jeep. Looks like there are a couple of ways to go with that as well.

Thanks again everyone.
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Unread 01-09-2013, 01:44 PM   #20
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Welcome to the Forum!

With a 4" lift IMHO I think the 33 x 12.50 x 15 look best.

I have approximately 4.5" of lift, a drop pitman, 4" Crabtree Shackels www.crabtreetool.com, new bushings, borgeson steering shaft and mine drives like my daily driver.

With regards to the frame cracking I'm not sure too much on your year. HD steering box brackets help...http://www.mountainoffroad.com/_e/St...Mount_H_D_.htm

Going to smaller tires will help with braking. I have no problems with my manual brakes and 33" tires.

Anyways, here's a shot of 33x12.5x15 with 3.650" backspacing on a 1972 CJ with 4.5" of lift.

Again, Welcome to JF...

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Unread 01-09-2013, 01:56 PM   #21
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With a 4" lift IMHO I think the 33 x 12.50 x 15 look best.

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Do you happen to have any front/rear or 3/4 shots? Your jeep looks great! What is the size of the wheels?
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Unread 01-09-2013, 02:01 PM   #22
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Do you happen to have any front/rear or 3/4 shots? Your jeep looks great! What is the size of the wheels?
Thanks...15 x 10.

Here's a few more...
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Unread 01-09-2013, 02:16 PM   #23
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if you like the rims that are on it already you can use those and not have to worry about backspacing cause you are down sizing. the tires you have right now look like they have good tread and in good shape you might be able to get enough from selling them to recoup your money that you are spending on your new ones
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Unread 01-09-2013, 03:50 PM   #24
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if you like the rims that are on it already you can use those and not have to worry about backspacing cause you are down sizing. the tires you have right now look like they have good tread and in good shape you might be able to get enough from selling them to recoup your money that you are spending on your new ones
I do, but I worry if I get 33X12.50 it would still be darty on the road... Something I'm trying to avoid.
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Unread 01-09-2013, 04:02 PM   #25
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Here is mine with 265/75 16 (32x11) and 16x8 pro comp wheels. I went a little rogue with the 16" wheels...... Old Man Emu 2.5" conversion lift with an extra .5" with YJ shackles.



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Unread 01-09-2013, 04:53 PM   #26
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That's a sweet 7 you got there, Bill. God Bless you and the family
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Unread 01-10-2013, 03:18 AM   #27
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I do, but I worry if I get 33X12.50 it would still be darty on the road... Something I'm trying to avoid.
I'm running 33X12.5 AT's on my 76 CJ5 and it's not darty at all.

All that depends upon your steering geometry. Get your caster and toe in correct and you should be fine.
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Unread 01-10-2013, 07:54 PM   #28
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Well, I ordered some 33x12.50's today, on 15x8 wheels. I'm hoping they don't tuck but are just at the edge of the flares or maybe a little bit past them. Just my taste.

I hope this makes it way more livable. Then I will start with stuff like fuel pick up (gas gauge doesn't work) and figuring out if the temp gauge is shot too.

Just curious, I am guessing I have a dana 30 up front and an amc 20 in the rear, but how do I know if it is a wide track? Still reading up...so I may not haven't gotten to the explanation yet...

Thanks again for the well wishes and the help.
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Unread 01-10-2013, 08:07 PM   #29
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If it's an 83, more than likely it's a wide track. Unless a previous owner did something really out of the ordinary.
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Unread 01-10-2013, 08:10 PM   #30
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Is there a way to know for sure? I need to read up on what a wide track really is....lol
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