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Unread 09-01-2013, 12:34 PM   #1
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Stretch (no compcut) CJ5???

I'm wondering about stretching out a CJ5. I'd been daydreaming about swapping a CJ7 Or YJ frame and tub then transferring all my parts over.
But I'm also kind of thinking about perhaps stretching the CJ5.
I'd get 2" in the front with YJ springs, and I could use XJ springs in the rear for 6-7". That gets me close to CJ7 wheel base.
I would want to keep the gas tank beneath the Jeep. I don't want to lose any interior space (gaining space would be a huge advantage of a CJ7/YJ)
BTC sells a fuel tank/skid plate for the stretch but its a little pricy.
I don't really want to comp cut the tub, but I don't think corner armor with the wheel arch moved back would look bad.
Has any one here done some thing similar?
what are your thoughts?
what did you do about the gas tank?

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Unread 09-01-2013, 01:02 PM   #2
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Might I suggest just removing any parts you want off of it, selling the '5, and buying a '7 or YJ? Why ruin a perfectly good '5 to build a '7 when they are much more easy to find and buy compared to a decent '5...
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Unread 09-01-2013, 01:05 PM   #3
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I don't think you'll find many people who've done that seeing as you're basically doing a lot of work to just build a 7
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Unread 09-01-2013, 01:30 PM   #4
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Might I suggest just removing any parts you want off of it, selling the '5, and buying a '7 or YJ? Why ruin a perfectly good '5 to build a '7 when they are much more easy to find and buy compared to a decent '5...
Thats why I'm now thinking about doing some thing similar tho the BTC stretch. Basically moving the shackles back and using XJ springs. that would only be 6-7" out back. that levees 3.5 inches of tub behind a new wheel well opening.
It would still look like any normal 5 to most people.
have longer wheel base.
keep the compact dimensions of the 5 for tight trail work
be cheaper than swapping to a 7
I want to ditch the NT axles, and I figure that would be the time to change out suspension. the stretch would allow for a more stable move to SOA.
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Unread 09-01-2013, 01:51 PM   #5
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Agreed, if you swap the tub and a frame from a 7 or YJ, you'll just have another model titled as a 5, which it wont be. Sell yours and get one of the other. Way less work and do it right.
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