Originally Posted by Military Jeeper
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.