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  • 1983 Widetrack Axles to 1976 CJ5

    Is this a difficult swap? Looking at my 1983 CJ7 frame I see the shock mounts are different than the 1976 CJ5 - on both on the frame and axle. Never been in a CJ5 with widetrack axles - I know it must help stability but are there any drawbacks?

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    I did that swap on my CJ5 and its great, much more stable offroad. Its pretty much a direct bolt in. Mine is a 82 though so it had the 81-up shock mounts on it already.


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      1983 Widetrack Axles to 1976 CJ5

      Thanks -need to hear it was simple! Could you tell me what shocks you used? I have a 3 1/2 inch lift. Also - putting this on a CJ5 did you need a dropped pitman arm? Thank you.

      Going to document this as I go, will post when I get out of prep stage. Body tub is off each and it should be straightforward.


      • #4
        The D30 It has axle-mounted shock mounts... BUT - since the narrowtracks use the U-bolt plates (both front and rear), you can continue to use those. They'll be a little close - but using the plates will work - mine does. So i just continued using the same shocks.

        And if you plan on adding mods to the widetracks do it now while they arent in.