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Unread 03-29-2010, 09:31 AM   #16
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CJ7


CJ5



Biggest differences are:

Wheelbase (shorter on CJ5)
Door Opening (S-Shaped on CJ5)

Pics are from Google............don't ask me about the pics as I don't know anything about them.

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Unread 03-29-2010, 09:40 AM   #17
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Wow I never knew that, you learn something new everyday. The 7 has more of a YJ style door. Where as the 5 has a real Jeep type door opening. Makes me want a 5 now or even an old flat fender.
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Unread 03-29-2010, 10:15 AM   #18
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Biggest thing for a Prospective Buyer of either a CJ5 or CJ7 is aftermarket parts.

The CJ5 has CRAP for cool aftermarket parts compared to the CJ7. The CJ7 parts also overlap into the YJ which also increases parts availability.

If I could do it all over again I'd have gone with a YJ (galvanized tub), thrown a CJ front end it it and CJ dash and called it a day.

Just my thoughts.
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Unread 03-29-2010, 11:41 AM   #19
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Biggest thing for a Prospective Buyer of either a CJ5 or CJ7 is aftermarket parts.

The CJ5 has CRAP for cool aftermarket parts compared to the CJ7. The CJ7 parts also overlap into the YJ which also increases parts availability.
Waddya talking about?!

Just about any aftermarket part that fits a CJ7 will also fit on a 76 and up CJ5, other than parts having to do with wheelbase like tops, rocker guards, etc. The only difference in the two within any given model year is wheelbase and CJ5s never got widetrack axles in '82.
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Unread 03-29-2010, 12:29 PM   #20
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geez guys, you make things so much harder than they need to be!

the difference between a CJ5 and a CJ7 is CJ2!



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Unread 03-29-2010, 12:47 PM   #21
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Waddya talking about?!

Just about any aftermarket part that fits a CJ7 will also fit on a 76 and up CJ5, other than parts having to do with wheelbase like tops, rocker guards, etc. The only difference in the two within any given model year is wheelbase and CJ5s never got widetrack axles in '82.
Yeah, tops, replacement frames, frames, hard tops - you know, the important stuff!

That's why when I hear of people with a '5 - "yeah, I just bought this awesome '5, next thing I'm doing is stretchin' it and puttin' a 4" lift under it - goin 'crawlin'!" WHY STRETCH A 5????? Buy a longer wheelbase vehicle!!!

Sorry, rant over
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Unread 03-29-2010, 02:03 PM   #22
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The cj7 always goes for more $$ than a cj5. I guess the extra few inches is something people want.
I'm 6'4" so I need those 10", I barely fit in CJ-5
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Unread 03-29-2010, 02:34 PM   #23
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I like the looks of the CJ5 as much as the CJ7, but the '7 has better road manners and a little more room. I also really like hard tops, and it's pretty hard to find one for a '5. For those reasons both of my jeeps have been CJ7's.
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Unread 03-29-2010, 03:36 PM   #24
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Waddya talking about?!

Just about any aftermarket part that fits a CJ7 will also fit on a 76 and up CJ5, other than parts having to do with wheelbase like tops, rocker guards, etc. The only difference in the two within any given model year is wheelbase and CJ5s never got widetrack axles in '82.
I'm talking about anything interior/accessory related. Bestop doesn't offer tinted windows for CJ5s, doesn't offer sailcloth for CJ5's, nearly anything car audio speaker pod related aren't made for CJ5's..........don't get me wrong, there are a lot of compatibility related items that overlap the 5/7, but not as many as the 7/YJ.

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Unread 09-22-2010, 09:59 AM   #25
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Interesting read, I have just brought a 75 CJ 6, I'm wanting to do a few conversions (power brakes/steering) will the CJ 7/YJ/TJ parts fit or will they need signifigant modification? I know they sound like silly questions but I'm over in the UK and Jeep parts are scarce and shipping is expensive.

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Cj6 you're screwed
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Unread 09-22-2010, 10:50 AM   #27
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Great looking 6! For those who can't decide between a 5 and a 7, there's always the 6!

It shares most of its parts with the 72-75 CJ5, so concentrate your search there. Very little will interchange between 76+ CJ's of any kind and the 72-75 versions. The CJ6 is a bit of an oddball among CJ's (I own a CJ8, which is another oddity), but different is good!
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Unread 09-22-2010, 11:32 AM   #28
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I'm talking about anything interior/accessory related.
It might be better to say that, mechanical replacment parts are easy, as they are all the same between the CJ5 and CJ7. But some body-related parts, like tops, doors, and accessories are harder, with fewer options for the CJ5.

I've owned both over the years. I love my CJ5 simply because I grew up loving war movies, as well as all those tacky 70s TV shows.

But to add to what was said above- The length adds other problems, like its somewhat more technical to lift a CJ5, or add an automatic. The muffler needs to be snaked above the skid plate. Aftermarket seats for a "CJ" may not actually fit a CJ5.

And you need to be creative with storage space. My backseat sits against the rear window, so no groceries going back there. But you become aware of empty spaces like under the seats, between the seats, over the wheels. I eventually built a small cage for the hardtop to hold coolers, etc.

And no hardtops in the major catalogs for the CJ5. You can find used Acmes, and Meyers, and Rallytops in California is making "custom" hardtops though.

But its the little things that I like. The shape of the doors means that I can have a box sitting on the seat with the top/doors off, and not worry about it sliding out the door when I go around a corner!

And unfornetly, it means I have to be carefull in a parking lot. The shape of the door means that if my kids open the door and hit the car next to us, it WILL scratch the paint since the door-shape means that it will not hit the side bumper found on most cars.
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Unread 09-22-2010, 07:13 PM   #29
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7's better you can put your cooler behind the backseat
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Unread 09-22-2010, 07:42 PM   #30
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7's better you can put your cooler behind the backseat
By that logic my CJ8 must WAAAY better than either a 5 or a 7 because I can fit an entire deep freeze in the bed of it.
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