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    Looking for advice

    I pick up a 86 cj7. It has the 4.2 engine, T5 tranny, d300 transer case. AMC 20 rear axle with some sort of auto locker in the rear and dana 30 front axle. I want to buld it up as a trail rig with limited street use. I really don't know where to start.

    The current set up from what I can tell is
    1 inch body lift using hockey pucks
    stock springs ( need to be replaced or repaired)
    33x12.5x15 tires ( need to be replaced)
    stock drive shafts
    some nasty looking rancho shocks. ( need to be replaced)
    I really don't know if the shackles are stock or not.
    Disco swaybar links in the front.
    456 gears.
    It runs great and drives ok(some bushings need to be replaced). When I bought it, I drove it from Mississauga to Grimsby with no issues.
    http://www.jeepkings.ca/forums/showt...-1986-Jeep-CJ7

    I would like to run 35's and maybe 37's one day and the build will happen over time as I'm not made of money.
    I have ordered some gaskets and seals to deal with a couple of fluid leaks but that is it.

    I plan on replacing the stock tierod and drag link with something a little heavier duty.

    How would you proceed?
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    get some good tires, a winch then start wheeling it.
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    I was planning on that! but the springs need to be replaced or repaired and if I'm going to do that should I buy lift springs?

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    SOA stock YJ springs and build an antiwrap system. then do what tony said.

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    4" lift yj springs SUA
    Proper 1" body lift
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    lengthen the brake flex lines
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    a good winch!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrimsbyAl View Post
    I was planning on that! but the springs need to be replaced or repaired and if I'm going to do that should I buy lift springs?
    If the springs are hashed - junk them. Do not spend a dime trying to breathe new life into them. Spring steel has a finite fatigue life...any attempt to ressurect them is a band aid at best.

    I'm not sure how much work you are looking at putting into this thing but if your plan is to run some 35's, I'd grab a 3-4" spring lift kit - a simple and quick way to solve your spring issues and will help greatly with fitting 35's. Or, if you are into doing more fab work, do as Jack said and do the YJ spring over lift. This will get you around 5.5" lift but requires significantly more work and some fab to make work well. It is usually around the same money to do either lift but the spring over will offer a fair bit more compression and rebound travel. But it is not a simple and quick bolt on and requires notably more effort to make perform well.

    I'd say it really depends on what your intentions are for the build in its current state.
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    I don't mind spending some money but not all at once. I was thinking of these http://www.genright.com/ZoomImage.as...ductID=TFF1710.
    If I went with 4.5in lift I would need to address the drive shafts correct?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrimsbyAl View Post
    I don't mind spending some money but not all at once. I was thinking of these http://www.genright.com/ZoomImage.as...ductID=TFF1710.
    If I went with 4.5in lift I would need to address the drive shafts correct?
    Usually on a CJ7 with a manual tranny, the belly doesn't have to be dropped but the rear shaft joint angles can be at least somewhat questionable but certainly doable as is...there is no slip yoke rear output or CV to deal with that can casue issues with a lift on a CJ unlike other heeps. Typically, the stock length driveshafts will work as is.

    But on that note, the significantly increased rear rebound travel of a spring over could cause some slip travel and joint issues if left unchecked. Something to look out for, anyway. The 1.25" OD front CJ shaft is just about useless for serious offroad use - it is too damn small and long. It isn't that hard to fawk up one of those. Your best bet is to find a way to fit a 2" OD shaft in the front at some point if you are trying to build a seriously and reliable wheeler.

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    Did a little wiring this morning, it really cleans up the engine bay.
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    I'm almost done the twin stick for the D300, just need to weld on the handles.
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    Looks like a nice build up Al. More pics! We done reed gud.


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    I'll try to remember to take more pics. Here is the pics that were posted when it was for sale.
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    Things I've done to date

    new rear pinion seal
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    Looking god bud. Will have to stop by and have a look soon.
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    Pics from a few weeks ago.
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