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Unread 12-13-2002, 05:58 AM   #1
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I am Jeep stupid. I just bought an '86 and have no idea what I really have. They told me it is a CJ7. Are all jeeps in this year range CJ's (with the exception of Cherokee's etc..)? Mine had a 6 banger in it and I don't even know what size or make of engine it is. Its in really good shape and I only paid 1k for it.
Any help or education would be great.'
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Unread 12-13-2002, 06:15 AM   #2
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Odds are it is a CJ 7 (CJ5's stopped production in 81' or 83'). In 86' the 6 cyl should be the 258 (good torque and run forever IMO). The rear end could be either a Model 20 (round) or Dana 44 (better than the 20). Front will be a Dana 30. Transfer case- Dana 300. $1,000 doesn't sound too bad. Take a close look at the frame, especially near the back from about the door back to the rear spring hanger. They are notorious for rusting through.
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Unread 12-13-2002, 07:13 AM   #3
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www.jeeptech.com

is a great reference site, many of us here reffer to it. You have a CJ-7, click on that for all of stock componenets


Also, go to a good newstand or bookstore and buy JP magazine.

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Unread 12-13-2002, 01:00 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info guys..my Jeep is an '85 not an '86. Make any difference?
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Unread 12-13-2002, 01:09 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info guys..my Jeep is an '85 not an '86. Make any difference?
Only difference is that the rearend will be an AMC 20 - replace the axles with one piece ones (about $300) and you are good to go...
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Unread 12-13-2002, 01:16 PM   #6
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Steve,
Couple of things:
1) Where did you get the half doors, and cost for the CJ7?
2) Where did you find the complete roolbar for the CJ7?

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Unread 12-13-2002, 02:25 PM   #7
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Steve,
Couple of things:
1) Where did you get the half doors, and cost for the CJ7?
2) Where did you find the complete roolbar for the CJ7?

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Half doors are from a YJ - usually go for $200 - 300.

I made my cage (We actually make quite a few cages) - Check out my CJ7 makeover at the link at the bottom of this post.
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Unread 12-13-2002, 02:25 PM   #8
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Randy,
You sound like your in over your head....I tell ya what, I'll save ya the headache, and take that CJ off your hands for $200 more than you paid.....
Just jokes!
No, but seriously, sounds like you got a steal if it isn't rusted out!
You got a CJ-7...and a great deal.
Good luck to ya, welcome to the all encompassing world of Jeeps (the real ones).
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One more thing . . .

While you will figure stuff out as you go, oen more thing to consider.

Jeepers are notoriuos for doing alkinds of realy cool modivfications and the occasional crime against humanity.

It may seem stock, but use ID guides, you might have a swapped in chevy 12-bolt rear axle (good), but you might have Ford Pinto parts (unlikey).

Bottom line is all may not be what it seems. Hook up with local jeepers in your area for a once over. Better yet grab a Haynes or Chiltons and get at it.
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Unread 12-14-2002, 01:48 PM   #10
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Thanks for the info guys. I am sure I will have plenty of questions as time goes along. One thing..is there a listing anywhere of links to after market parts and accessories for these money pits?
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Unread 12-14-2002, 10:05 PM   #11
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First of all....you should probably get a magazine....such as JP Magazine. You can pick up a lot of information about things to do to make your jeep more trailworthy...and also it tells about places to go, etc. It's a pretty decent magazine that's dedicated to jeeps.

Here is a link to JP Magazine's site.


As far as aftermarket parts....Rosser is a good place with just about any jeep part you can think of.


Here's a link to Rosser's site.


Also, you might wanna save this webpage....it has links to a bunch of jeep websites.

Enjoy...and have a good time with your jeep!!!
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