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Unread 10-03-2002, 10:49 AM   #1
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wide track vs narrow

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?

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Unread 10-03-2002, 10:58 AM   #2
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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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Unread 10-03-2002, 11:14 AM   #3
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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?
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Unread 10-03-2002, 12:28 PM   #4
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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.
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Unread 10-03-2002, 04:18 PM   #5
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1982 was the first year that they switched to the widetrack axles on the CJ-7. Just in case you are looking for a donor. Hope it helps.
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Unread 10-03-2002, 09:55 PM   #6
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Yes the stock steering on your '75 is Saginaw. Jeep began using it in CJ's in 1972. Jami's right about '82 being the first year for wide track on CJ7s. Don't forget CJ8's had them too.
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Unread 10-04-2002, 08:42 AM   #7
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Alright... dumb question. Other than Saginaw being a crappy little town in Alabama, what do ya'll mean when you're talking about it with regards to steering?
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Unread 10-04-2002, 03:40 PM   #8
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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)
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Unread 10-04-2002, 04:06 PM   #9
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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.

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Unread 10-04-2002, 06:05 PM   #10
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Cool.. thanks for clearing that up... Oh, FYI...it's

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