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Unread 10-03-2011, 02:14 PM   #1
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Just picked up a 82 cj7. My buddy told me to check this site out and im glad he did cause im gonna have alot of questions. First thing I have to tackle is in the electrical department. I have to pull the cable off the battery, something is draining it while it sits. It has a good rats nest of wiring going on under the dash. My plan is to remove all that isn't needed. And then clean up and route everthing else properly. I guess my question for today is is the electrical pretty basic with these?

Can't wait to get into this thing and go have fun.

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Unread 10-03-2011, 02:21 PM   #2
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Just picked up a 82 cj7. My buddy told me to check this site out and im glad he did cause im gonna have alot of questions. First thing I have to tackle is in the electrical department. I have to pull the cable off the battery, something is draining it while it sits. It has a good rats nest of wiring going on under the dash. My plan is to remove all that isn't needed. And then clean up and route everthing else properly. I guess my question for today is is the electrical pretty basic with these?

Can't wait to get into this thing and go have fun.
The 82 should not have the computer under the dash so you got that going for you.

Here is something you can check out,
The "Nutter" Bypass By John Nutter
http://jeeps.hallbergs.com/nutter.htm
http://www.4x4wire.com/jeep/tech/ele...jn-ignition99/

Excellent link on computer controls
Great description on each component, and how to diagnose if it is the problem or not
http://home.sprynet.com/~dale02/list.htm
Step by step computer removal
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/ho...bypass-522262/
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Unread 10-03-2011, 02:24 PM   #3
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welcome, glenn lever has given you a good start. if your wiring is REALLY bad there are premade harness' out there for ya. and yes, this is an excellent place for CJ info
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Unread 10-03-2011, 05:56 PM   #4
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The 82 cj7 is the best Jeep ever so you are starting off on the right foot. Okay so the cj's in general are great platforms to start with.
The wiring harness is one of the tricky things to play with.There are grounds everywhere ,and it only takes one to cause battery drain.
The first thing to do is go and get a haynes manual.It has wiring diagrams ,vaccum lines ,torque specs you will need.
I would also disconnect the wire at the fuse panel for the radio and see if that helps.
I have been wire by wire checking for a bad ground in my own rig.It is no fun, but it needs to be done.Mine was a ground over the steering column.
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Unread 10-03-2011, 06:06 PM   #5
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The 82 cj7 is the best Jeep ever so you are starting off on the right foot. Okay so the cj's in general are great platforms to start with.
The wiring harness is one of the tricky things to play with.There are grounds everywhere ,and it only takes one to cause battery drain.
The first thing to do is go and get a haynes manual.It has wiring diagrams ,vaccum lines ,torque specs you will need.
I would also disconnect the wire at the fuse panel for the radio and see if that helps.
I have been wire by wire checking for a bad ground in my own rig.It is no fun, but it needs to be done.Mine was a ground over the steering column.
A bit biased, are we? J/K, I'd say mine is the best year ever, but I'd be a lying SOB.

Go to www.oljeep.com and you'll have access to the 1982 TSM, which is a bit more detailed than the Haynes manual. He also has the 1982 sales brochure that you can download too.
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Unread 10-03-2011, 06:08 PM   #6
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Awww you beat me to it!

Two minutes! Grrrr
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Unread 10-03-2011, 07:42 PM   #7
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Awww you beat me to it!

Two minutes! Grrrr
I see I'm not the only one who appreciates the hell out of his site! I have the hardcopy TSM for my '76, but I refused to shell out $155 for the parts manual on ePay....I'm glad he had that too, because I printed it off at work and put it in a binder.
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Unread 10-03-2011, 07:45 PM   #8
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And I thought '79 was the best year ever...
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Unread 10-03-2011, 07:50 PM   #9
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Nope! 77!

I put the whole FSM & Parts Manual on a Flash Drive! (77 is close enough to a 76)

OP, you may want to do the same. I take my laptop with me on my trips from home and It did come in handy once.
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Unread 10-03-2011, 07:56 PM   #10
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Nope! 77!

I put the whole FSM & Parts Manual on a Flash Drive! (77 is close enough to a 76)

OP, you may want to do the same. I take my laptop with me on my trips from home and It did come in hany once.
Great idea...the TSM (FSM, whatever you want to call it), Parts Manual and Supplement Manual alltogether is 115MB for the '76, so you could buy a cheapo flash drive and, even if you happen to lose it, it's still cheaper to replace than having to buy all of the books.
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Unread 10-03-2011, 08:27 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the great info so far. I just came in from playing with my new chick ( says my wife) and have already found a handful of stuff to take out. The guy I got it from says the drain is in the alt but I don't think I will get off that easy.
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Unread 10-03-2011, 08:45 PM   #12
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Not to change the subject but...the left front hub is broken. But the previous owner said the bolts would always come loose. In fact there is only 2 bolts in it at this time. He said he would go by the cheap $20 hubs. Are the warn premium hubs a good to go? He also said there is a detroit locker on it. Did I mention I am new to this stuff. I have been riding motocross my hole life. So I can build a bike with no hands but jeeps are new. Tons more info to learn than dirtbikes.

Thanks for your patients

Nick....
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Unread 10-03-2011, 08:51 PM   #13
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I knew making that joke was going to start some trouble.

As long as it's a Jeep .Right!

And dezertnick My wife says Jeep is a four letter word and not the good four letter one .
Well that's cause I got her hooked.She has a 90YJ I just redid for her.
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Unread 10-03-2011, 09:21 PM   #14
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One easy way to try and find the drain is to pull one fuse at a time out of the fuse box and check and see if there is stilla drain at the battery. You could also do the same with the alternator, disconnect it and see if there is still a drain.
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Unread 10-04-2011, 02:28 AM   #15
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Welcome to the best cj forum on the planet. There are some really smart jeepers on ths site willing to help. They have saved me tons of money with their help. My cj would be dead without them.......
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