oh, advice, i originally planned on going full width, using a injected v6, but thought about all the work needed for the motor swap. these older jeeps are a snub nose jeep with a smaller engine bay than later cj5's so a v8 would be very hard to fit. so i ran it for what it is and those 5.38 gears got me out of most mild trouble areas. i've stepped up to a v8 cj7 for my furture plans. i say run the old cj5 for what it is. those 10 spline axles will only hold up to so much. the rear is a d44 put a weak one at that. very easy jeep to learn on and maintenence is extremely easy. axles have drain plugs. you can do a whole oil change on everything in like 30 minutes. i coated my frame with por 15 and undercoated the whole body with the same and herculiner. my biggest advice i can give is keep a spare ballast resistor cause its cheap and if one goes out your stuck.
82cj7 / soa wrangler springs / amc 360 / t18a granny / d300 twin stick / 37" pitbull rockers radials / h1's / 3/4ton d44 with high steering / 14 bolt ff / clocking ring