I've been following the thread started by CJ7danny and got to wondering; when was the switch from narrow to wide track?
Did it occur in both 5's and 7's? I am thinking 1976 on a cj5.
Anyone change a 75 or older to a wide track?
I believe somewhere around 1980 they switched to widetrac on the cj7, I am not sure if the cj 5 ever had widetrac from amc.
I put a set of widetrac under my '78 frame that had narrowtrac origionally and they bolt right up!
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CJ-5's never came with widetrack axles. but like bullet said they'll bolt up to cj5's from 76-83. 75 in the rear i believe you'd have to move the spring perches on the wide track axle in about 2"s or more per side. plus your cj uses narrower springs, which will work but your spring perches will be wider then the spring. The front should bolt up, but not sure about the steering setup on a pre 76 cj. Is it saginaw?
Thanks for the responses. Don't think the steering is saginaw. It is stock 75 cj5 manual. Waiting to see what my latest acquisition has on it. (77 cj5). Also think I'll stay with narrow track.
Small is the reason I like the 5's.
Don't know much about 'em either cj7Danny. Saginaw makes steering boxes and from what I've heard so far, pretty good ones.
I think the heavy duty ones you see on GM trucks are Saginaw.
I did not know that they were in such wide use on CJ's.
(Something else I learned on the forum)
Saginaw is the steering division of General Motors. All short wheelbase Jeeps since '72 have used Saginaw steering boxes. CJ's from '76 and up also have Saginaw steering columns. AMC did not make many of these parts themselves because it was more economical to purchase them from GM vs setting up their own designs, plants to make them, etc..
Jeep has lots of other manufacturers parts on them. CJ's from '78-86 use Motorcraft's (Ford) Duraspark II ignition system. Most of the same year CJ's have GM designed alternators.