Hey guys I just picked up a "new" 5. I've already got an early 5 ('70) but it's proved to be a bit bigger project than I originally was looking for just to get it on the road so I thought I'd pick up somethin thats a little closer to what I'm looking for. I've done a ton of reading up on these of course but I'd really appreciate you guys telling me anything and everything about what I've got here...the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Wow thats one nice 5 you got there. The only thing I really see in the pics are the home made lift shackles. Does it run down the road strait? If it seems a little wobbley maybe change em. Really nice jeep man.
Much better than mine. But mine was free so it's all good.
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Thanks for the replies guys, I'm really looking forward to tinkering with my new toy. I of course have a LONG list of things in mind to add/change and even more questions to ask you guys about it. Here's a beginning to the list I've got in mind:
1) YJ brake booseter/master cylinder swap
2) Saginaw powersteering upgrade
3) "TeamRush" upgrade
4) Shackle reversal kit
5) Updated 4" lift w/ boomerang shackles
6) Warn Rock Crawler bumpers front & rear
7) Warn Powerplant HP
8) 33x12.50x15 BFG MT KM2 around Crager Soft 8's
9) Bestop strapless bikini top, windjammer, & tonneau cover
10) Tuffy stereo console
I'm sure there's plenty more, thats just the things that came to mind.
Here's a couple daytime pics of the ol girl. The PO is calling the color pewter, I'm not sure what its called but I like it (still need to rattle can under the hood).
Last edited by Forumpete58; 02-27-2010 at 06:27 AM..
Wow, looks a lot like my 82! I had to go take a peek in the garage to make sure mine was still there! Welcome to the family!
Your transmission should be a t-176 and your transfer case should be a Dana 300. Take your VIN # and go to CJOffroad.com - For CJ Owners by CJ Owners! and use their handy VIN Decoder, that will atleast let you know what your CJ had when she left Toledo.
Some upgrades I have done to mine that were a night and date difference - Research here at JeepForum the TeamRush Upgrade. Using off the shelf tuneup parts in the upgrade you can really wake up the 258. 100s of debates on here regarding the stock carb (Carter BBD), whether to rebuild or replace. There are lots of good articles on how to clean the BBD to get it running right, but ultimately I pulled an old MC2100 from the junkyard and ran with that. If i had it to do all over again, I would have done both of those right off the bat, and my Carter was in great shape. MC2100 also removes a few miles of vacuum hoses, just make sure you dont need to stay stock to pass local emissions. Then there is all that smog crap they saddled on our CJs.....
Also to a search on engine grounds. Guy on here named JeepHammer has written a really good write up on how to properly ground you engine.
Power Steering upgrade is easy as well, and really nice!