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Old 01-25-2007, 01:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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suggestions for my CJ build

Well, I just picked up a 1983 CJ7, the specs are as follows. 4.2 w/ GM distributor/T-5 tranny/d300. Its got d30 front, amc20 rear.

Already has a BDS 2" Lift and 31" brand x allterrains.

I have already built a jeep before and I know quite a bit about axles and whatnot.

Pictures of it can be seen here. http://rides.webshots.com/album/557040160BPjJrq

Here is option one.
I have another '83 CJ7 that I can pick up from a friend for $500 with 304 from a 79 cj5, a t-18 out of a ford dump truck, and a d300. It also has the same axles, but with one piece shafts in the model 20 and a full detroit (the axles have 4.11's) I am going to buy this CJ and swap over the entire drivetrain.

Then I would just take the flares off and run 33" TSL's.


Andddd Option 2.
Go for scout or waggy 44's and just do that with the drivetrain from above.

Option 3
chebby 60 front with outboarded springs on SOA.
4 link rear with 14bff
And run a conservative 37" Bogger or Irok


This jeep will need to be driven on the road to trails, but not far because I have access to a trailer and tow rig. Although it will be nice to cruise around in the summer with the top and doors off and pick up chickies.

but dont let that fool you, I wanna wheel.


Gimme your opinions.
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Old 01-25-2007, 02:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like a no brainer! Option 3 is definately the way to go.
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Old 01-25-2007, 02:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hahah, but money and time are factored in considering I havent had a rig for a while, Im itchin to get wheelin again, PS I am almost 20 years old and still in college.
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Old 01-25-2007, 02:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Dude, if option 3 is a viable option at this time, why not kick tons of ass on the weekends and some each night and build the thing up with SOA, 4 link, and the beef axles and 37's? If it's not a viable option right now, but will be in the very near future (like by the end of summer or sooner), then definitely go with option 1 and get the powertrain beefed and reliable, pull the flares off, and run a USED set of 33s to save money for the future swap. That way everything will be re-usable for the option 3 swap when it comes time, except for the tires (that's why buy a used set), then the powertrain will be reliable, you won't have wasted time and money on scout or waggy 44's just to be swapped with 60/14b, and you'll have saved some money on meats but been able to wheel all summer. Let us know what you decide, I'm interested.
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Since you have these options, I will take option 1 and then apply option 3. Not sure what condition the "other" '83 CJ7 is in option 1, but why not just build up on that one w/ option 3? Sounds like a pretty easy build having all the components already. Good luck with it.
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