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post #1 of 10 Old 10-17-2002, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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newbie needs advice from guys who know...

I will be in the market for a CJ by december/january. Any advice about what years to get or stay away from? I have heard to stay pre-86 for better quality, this true? Know any good places to get one already fixed up for wheelin around $5000?

Any other advice about what to look for would be great. I will be around ths forum alot before and after my purchase trying to learn as much as possible. Thanks in advance for the help.


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post #2 of 10 Old 10-17-2002, 12:26 PM
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For lack of time to give a thorough response right now, CJs were only made up to and including '86.

As far as the best years, much has to do with preference (CJ7, CJ5, CJ8, CJ6, Flatfender CJs, etc.)

I love ALL CJs, so, it really has to do with what style you prefer. After that, they are all "workable" in any and every way to wheel with. Most important is that you like the style.

I'm sure you'll get plenty of good advice on what to look for and watch out for from others, so I'll stop here for now.

Good luck!
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post #3 of 10 Old 10-17-2002, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for the reply. Just to clear it up a little i am in the maket for a CJ7. Would not mind a CJ5, but would prefer the 7.

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post #4 of 10 Old 10-17-2002, 07:09 PM
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I guess the question is why the 7? Do you want a longer base for certain things? Also, what kind of power are you looking for? Waht do you want to do with this? Wheel or cruise? It is all good, just need to know what you want to do before we start giving advice.


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post #5 of 10 Old 10-17-2002, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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I guess the only reason is because I have been told the the 7 is not as stable, i.e. is more dangerous, than the shorter 5. I plan to wheel with it, I would love to have a 6 cylinder. also heard that 8 is not needed but just an added bonus.

I have found a few CJ5s online that look great but if they are really dangerous then I would rather stay away from them. I am a novice wheeler and need all the stability that i can get.

If I am wrong on any of this feel free to let me know. thanks.

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post #6 of 10 Old 10-18-2002, 05:36 AM
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Check the For Sale forum- there are a few out there, even mine

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post #7 of 10 Old 10-18-2002, 05:37 AM
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I also suggest looking at EBAY and seeing what is out there. I got my 5 off of there and it was everthing I was looking for and then some. You may have to travel to get it, I had to go to VA from CT, but all it all it is all good.

I took the 5 because I wanted the shorter wheel base. To each his own. Good luck in the hunt.
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post #8 of 10 Old 10-19-2002, 11:28 AM
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You still haven't really answered the question of what you want to do with it. Cruise the streets, or go wheelin'. For wheelin, the shorter CJ5 is more manuverable and narrower. For the street, the CJ7 is longer and a little more stable. There are basicly 2 differnt CJ7 too. The earlier models had narrower axles than the later models (81 to 86?). The wider (wide track) axles are also more stable on the street, but the narrow axles can go into tigher off road places. Some prefer the narrow track looks and say they have less wheel rub on the fenders with larger tires. Some of the older CJ7's have stronger transmissions, but the newer CJ7's have stronger transfer cases. All in all, they are all good. It's a matter of getting one that you are happy with. Do you want one that requires a lot of work as a hobby? or do you want one that is totally fixed up and ready to turn heads? Or, do you just want a stock one that is just in good running order? Look around. They are out there.

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post #9 of 10 Old 10-20-2002, 01:23 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for clearing that up about the different models. I would like to find one already fixed up (the big stuff at least) i.e. the lift and tires and such. I plan to use it as my weekend toy basically, not really planning to have to work on it alot. Thanks alot for your help guys.

If there is anything else you would like to add, such as good parts makers or good places to get good parts cheaper, please let me know.

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post #10 of 10 Old 10-21-2002, 08:02 AM
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ok well you just spoke the worst misconception of EVERY newby. "my weekend toy basically, not really planning to have to work on it alot. " no matter what you do with a jeep if you wheel it you will be fixing it!!!!! now dont get me wrong they dont just break all the time but they do break and then you have to upgrade them to keep it from hapening the next time. as for v8 veurses the six if your new go with the six there is more than enough power in a six, I have a v8 that is built and way way overy powered but I love it and have a racing history so I have more experiance with power but as a newby you might want to consider a six that is unless you have a v8 with an automatic tranny then you would be ok but rember this J.E.E.P. = Just Empty Every Pocket. you will allways spend money on your jeep wether its buying a cool add on part or deciding you want to do a major conversion its gona cost you. you are just lucky that you have found the best jeep website in the world with the nicest people around. as for cj7 veurses cj5 go with the 7 if you want more room more stability and good offroad and modification capeability if you want the looks narrowness and shorter wheelbase go with the cj5 but as a newby i would suggest the 7 to you or find some friends and test drive them both and decide for your self good luck to you and welcome to the jeep world where you will find the friendlyest 4wheelers in the world

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