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Unread 02-26-2004, 07:10 PM   #1
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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?

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Unread 02-26-2004, 07:31 PM   #2
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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.

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Unread 02-26-2004, 08:38 PM   #3
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i was looking at a 76 CJ5, do they have the same issues as the 80's?
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