Whats the Basics? - JeepForum.com
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 3 Old 02-26-2004, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
b0b's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Clackamas, Oregon
Posts: 42
Whats the Basics?

i hear that alot of stuff commonly go wrong with CJ's like guages and such, are they any other things that are common with them? Are they known to do things or have things happen that have to be replaced?

b0b is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 Old 02-26-2004, 08:31 PM
Registered User
jeepmor's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 817
bellhousing back needs replacement

80s Jeeps in general have a tendency to catch fire due to lousy wiring harness tape from the factory. All the drivetrains in all SWB jeeps are underbuilt and will need eventual replacement if you have the gumption to put 35" tires on them and wheel the piss out of it.

Mine caught on fire in 95, so this aspect I know from experience. And my stock model20 rear end bent once I put my 35" tires on it and added some abusive wheeling venues. My front end was bent and I replaced it with a D44, so it's solid now. Working on a plan for the model 20 now.

The 258 motors last forever and a day, but BBD carbs suck pretty bad. If you just want a jeep for the occasional off-pavement excursion, you're fine. The old T-5 trannies in them were undersized, but that 5th gear was nice. I seized mine up solid after a wheeling trip and opted for the T-18. Moves like a tractor now, but does awesome in the woods, but really a lil slow for the freeway.

However, they are the coolest looking SWB jeep ever made! If your in it for a hobby, it's great. If you want it for a daily driver, expect some issues, they are all in their 20's or close for age now. I never get a car that old that doesn't seem to have at least some baggage.

jeepmor is offline  
post #3 of 3 Old 02-26-2004, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
b0b's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Clackamas, Oregon
Posts: 42
i was looking at a 76 CJ5, do they have the same issues as the 80's?
b0b is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the JeepForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Jeep Forums Replies Last Post
The Basics of Axles jpd1899 Jeep CJ Forum 11 06-30-2009 10:50 AM
Whats is my mpg? shok47 Jeep CJ Forum 8 06-14-2009 03:47 PM
Whats this fer?? thich Jeep CJ Forum 14 04-06-2008 07:25 AM
Whats This? Mud_Fool Jeep CJ Forum 1 09-30-2006 10:27 PM
Got the body off!! whats whats? humboldt_jeep Jeep CJ Forum 11 05-06-2004 05:37 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome