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i was hoping to get everyones opinions on a cj5. i found a really nice bone stock 79 cj5 for sale. from what i noticed everyone seems to be wheeling cj7's, or flattys. but i wonderd if there was a reason that not many people wheeled cj5's, is it the small wheel base?
this jeep has a strait six, dana 30 rear, dana 35 front, 3spd manual, i dont know about the miles yet but it has a solid body and frame, but a little play in the steering.
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There are cj5's wheeling EVERYWHERE, its more common than a flatfender and just as common if not more common than the CJ7. That rig does not have a dana 30 rear and 35 front. no such thing.
 

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well then what naxles do you think it would have? i am new at the jep thing and i thought that was what they were.
this is what i was told that they looked like
dana30
<IMG width=175 height=121 SRC="http://www.pirate4x4.com/ubb/uploads/dana-30.jpg">
dana 35<IMG width=175 height=102 SRC="http://www.pirate4x4.com/ubb/uploads/dana-35.jpg">
thnaks
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I have a 5 and like it. The wheelbase is alittle short but you can fix that <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> I'm running the stock axles and wheelbase for now <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
dana 30 front and amc 20 rear. If you want to run the 20 be prepared to buy solid axles. Do that when you buy lockers front and rear. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> if you wait a little bit I'll have a full detroit/solid axles for the rear and an insert for the front forsale <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> *a little plug*
Buy that thing and wheel it!
 

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i have a 77 cj5..buy it and wheel it. but like said before its probably a model 20 in the rear check the rear if it is perfectly round it's a 20. buy the solid shafts, weld the housing to keep it from spinning and put a truss on it and its a pretty good axle. buy the solid shafts though, i spun mine so bad the right rear wheel came completely off had to do alot more repairs fixing things than if i would have just bought the solids.... <IMG SRC="smilies/usa.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/nuke.gif" border="0">
 

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I wheel a CJ5 on 35's. (Used to, I should say. I am in the process of stretching it and putting 1-ton stuff under it with 42" tires.) I loved it the way it was with the 35's. But it was kind of short. I had trouble on really steep hills and rocks where my front end wouldn't get up and over before the rear end hopped up. If I were you, I'd buy it and wheel it and have fun. They're great Jeeps. Lots of people like the short wheel base.

J. J.

PS: It's a 30 front and AMC rear. Don't believe what they say about the rear unless you lock it up. I was running mine unlocked with a BUILT 258. I opened up on it all the time, bouncing all over the place on rocks and never broke one. Just tighten the nut on the end of the shafts down to 300 ft/lbs and don't worry about it. If you loc it up or put a stronger engine in it, though, you probably want to do something about the 2-piece shafts. You can go look at my web page to see some pics of mine when it had the 35's.
 

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i personally like cj5's. i have a lengthened one and i run d60 front and 14bolt rear (62" wide). the wheelbase is kinda short for some situations but like i did you can add wheelbase in several different ways.
 

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Do not bother with one piece axles in the AMC 20! For the price of one piece axles ($200), pick up a Scout D44 rear of the same ratio as the front. Even if you pay someone to do the perch welding, it'll still cost less than $200 for the install.

I wheel a 5 and the only problems are the short rear driveshaft and the smaller storage space. Go For It!
 

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Go for the 5 man I have a 72 and I love it. If u want to keep it narrow track then find a 72-75 cj5 and that will have a dana 44 in the rear a much better axle and a direct bolt in. I am currently running a Cut waggy 44 and a Early Bronco 9" both with 4.88's,detroits and 35 boggers. The wheel base isn't really bad I wouldn't even worrry about it. Good luck and congrads on the find.
 

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Actually on that c-5 it isnt bone stock. if it were to be a bone stock cj-5 it would have came with the 304 v-8 and dana 30 and amc 20 rear. One piece would help alot better ive messed up a couple shafts as it is but its your choice. The other great thing about the stock amc 20 that year was it came stock with posi.
 

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also heres what they should look like.
AMC 20 rear

and your front dana 30
 

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Originally posted by Archibald Main Gallup Jr.:
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I wheel a 5 and the only problems are the short rear driveshaft and the smaller storage space. Go For It!</STRONG>
Less crap to fall out when you roll it!
 

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The standard stock engine is the 258 6cyl. w/ 304 optional. Limited slip may have been an option also, but not standard.
 
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