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  • CJ5 Vs CJ7

    Can anybody tell me the differences between a CJ5 and CJ7? I know the wheelbase is different, but by how much. I am looking for differences in running gear mainly, rear ends, t-cases and trannys. Also suspension and the frame.

  • #2
    Well for starters the CJ-5 came before the CJ-7. In the mid to late 70's when the 7's came out, I believe they had the same trans and transfercase options for a couple years. The exception to that might be a automatic, not sure if they ever offered that on the 5's. As time progressed, the 7's took over and had many more trans options as far as gears go. The 7's are longer overall and that means you can alter the drivetrain and suspension a little easier based soley on having many more options to choose from.

    Majority of the 5 frames are "C" channel versus boxed which means they flex alot. That is good or bad depending on how you look at it.

    Either way, they are both jeeps which means the kick *** to begin with. However, if i do buy another Jeep, whether it be 5 or 7, i'm will be sure to get a 76' and up. If you pay attention to the aftermarket probducts available, there really isn't much to choose from on the pre 76' models. Hope that helps a little. I'm sure there are people on here that could give you specific trans types and diff types offered for each if you really needed them.

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    • #3
      There was A document on 4wd.

      I saw a 'know your jeep' type document here on 4wd, but can't find it. here are some notes from. I've had both, and I prefer the cj7 just for the leg room in the cab. But there is nothing like the turning radius of a cj5 when you are stuck on a trail. Try driving both and make up your mind.

      CJ7 ('76 - '86) & CJ8 ('81-'85):
      Windshield width 55", round fender Jeep, one piece windshield, factory roll bar, bottom mounted windshield wipers, factory mounted door hinges, has either no windshield retainer or screw-in design. Door opening looks like a "U" rather than an inverted "S", measures 81" from door hinge to rear of vehicle. 93.5" wheelbase. CJ8 is same as basic CJ7 but with longer rear over hang and 103.5" wheelbase. 5"x5.5" rim bolt pattern.
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      CJ5 ('76 - '83):
      Windshield width 55", round fender Jeep, one piece windshield, factory roll bar, bottom mounted windshield wipers, factory mounted door hinges, windshield retainer screws on, sloped windshield. Measures 71 1/2" from door hinge to rear of vehicle. 5"x5.5" rim bolt pattern. 83.5" wheelbase.

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      • #4
        on a CJ5 the door is different and the wheel base is different. the back seat is closer to the front seat to. now if you want to go ancient there are other differences but from 76 and on, those are the basic differences.

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        • #5
          CJ-5 was before the Cj-7 and had weird looking doors. Not like the doors you see on modern wranglers.

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          • #6
            You've got to have the "CJ-5 pivot" ( hand on the rear flare ) to get out of a 5...

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Needs4Jeeps
              You've got to have the "CJ-5 pivot" ( hand on the rear flare ) to get out of a 5...
              You can always tell a new Cj-5 owner, their left rear pants pocket is torn off.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Needs4Jeeps
                You've got to have the "CJ-5 pivot" ( hand on the rear flare ) to get out of a 5...
                Im 6'2" and usually do the thick lather of lubricant and the shoe horn technique.

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                • #9
                  for what its worth, I have an 80 cj5 and bought some pretty nice Best Top seats that were bigger than the originals. The passenger side went in fine, the drivers side I had to custom make a rail that would let me put the seat back as far as possible. I'm only 5'10" and when the defroster is pulled all the way out, my knee hits it sometimes. No big deal though, love the jeep, it rocks!

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                  • #10
                    cj5 vs cj7

                    i've had two cj5's and one cj7. i currently have a 1983 cj5. if you spend most of your time alone or with one passenger, then the cj5 is my preference. if you want to take more than one person with you they either better be small children or enjoy having their knees in their face. there is no room in the rear seat. i am considering removing the rear seat so i have room to carry things bigger than a breadbox. the biggest advantage to the cj5 in these cold northeast ohio winters is that there is less space to heat. i'm only 5'7" so legroom is not a problem. i guess it just comes down to personal preference. i have found though that cj7's are easier to get parts for. i notice less and less parts available for the cj5's in all the catalogs and it seems that a lot of the other catalogs (not 4WD hardware) don't have much available at all. if you want a hardtop, then get a cj7. hardtops for the cj5 are like trying to find a unicorn. besides being the most fun vehicles i've ever had, the main reason i have a cj is i can fix it myself without spending a fortune or going nuts trying to figure out all those computerized gremlins. i want to be buried in my cj!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by BustaBizz
                      Im 6'2" and usually do the thick lather of lubricant and the shoe horn technique.
                      I'm 6'2" as well.....but i was talking about Jeeps!!


                      < Thank you...thank you! I'll be here all week... >

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                      • #12
                        www.off-road.com/jeep/swb/articles/specgrid.htm
                        here's a good site for driveline info since that's what you are most interested in.

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