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    The Hoon Chronicals: Help With an 85 CJ-7

    A buddy of mine wanted in to the Jeep world and had 5K burning a hole in his pocket so went and got himself an 85 CJ7 on an impulse. I'm not too familiar with CJ's so I'm doing my best to help him out. First order is to get his spare mounted. Any recommendations for that is greatly appreciated. It's also on 35's and looks to have a 6"+ lift on it. A bit too high for my taste but its his. He said his steering feels really loose and the steering box has a leak. Any idea where to begin hunting down a solution to tightening it up? Anything I can pass along to him would help too. Thanks for your help. Looks like I got a free project Jeep to learn on...haha.

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    With 35's, your buddy really needs a bumper tire carrier. He does NOT want to run the factory swing out tire carrier as it will not be able to handle the weight. Back in the day, I ran a LoD bumper tire carrier on my 81 CJ7 and it held up well.


    http://4x4xplor.com/LoD-CJ.html

    Regarding his steering, do you know if he has lift shackles installed? If so, they need to go as they are throwing his caster off. Also, the factory steering box bracket was known to tear/break and when it does, it'll cause slopping steering. A good fix for that is a HD steering box bracket and brace.


    http://4x4xplor.com/MORE-steeringbracket.html

    Hope that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayoflife View Post
    With 35's, your buddy really needs a bumper tire carrier. He does NOT want to run the factory swing out tire carrier as it will not be able to handle the weight. Back in the day, I ran a LoD bumper tire carrier on my 81 CJ7 and it held up well.


    http://4x4xplor.com/LoD-CJ.html

    Regarding his steering, do you know if he has lift shackles installed? If so, they need to go as they are throwing his caster off. Also, the factory steering box bracket was known to tear/break and when it does, it'll cause slopping steering. A good fix for that is a HD steering box bracket and brace.


    http://4x4xplor.com/MORE-steeringbracket.html

    Hope that helps.
    Awesome, Thanks for the help. I was going to look at LoD as I remember them having CJ tire carriers. I remember reading about those steering box issues and was reading about lift shackles and what it could do the steering. As far as the shackles go, what would be a good alternative? I appreciate all the help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jesse3638 View Post
    Awesome, Thanks for the help. I was going to look at LoD as I remember them having CJ tire carriers. I remember reading about those steering box issues and was reading about lift shackles and what it could do the steering. As far as the shackles go, what would be a good alternative? I appreciate all the help.
    Anything that's closer to stock is what I would recommend. Back in the day, I ran a set of 1/2" lift shackles from M.O.R.E. because they were the only heavy duty ones I could find that was closer to stock. These are not what you see in the steering box photo - I had gotten rid of them as they were too tall. I know there are more options out there now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayoflife View Post
    Anything that's closer to stock is what I would recommend. Back in the day, I ran a set of 1/2" lift shackles from M.O.R.E. because they were the only heavy duty ones I could find that was closer to stock. These are not what you see in the steering box photo - I had gotten rid of them as they were too tall. I know there are more options out there now.
    Sounds good. I'll get busy spending his money..haha. Thanks for your help. I'm sure I'm going to have many more questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayoflife View Post
    With 35's, your buddy really needs a bumper tire carrier. He does NOT want to run the factory swing out tire carrier as it will not be able to handle the weight. Back in the day, I ran a LoD bumper tire carrier on my 81 CJ7 and it held up well.


    http://4x4xplor.com/LoD-CJ.html

    Regarding his steering, do you know if he has lift shackles installed? If so, they need to go as they are throwing his caster off. Also, the factory steering box bracket was known to tear/break and when it does, it'll cause slopping steering. A good fix for that is a HD steering box bracket and brace.


    http://4x4xplor.com/MORE-steeringbracket.html

    Hope that helps.




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    I wholeheartedly agree on the L.O.D. Off-road bumper/tire carriers. Mine has held up wonderfully and you can’t beat the price point.


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    I was just thinking about this thread as he is having another issue now. He went to drive it the other night, backed out of his driveway, put it in drive, and it went no where. He said the rear drive shaft is spinning but not going forward. I'd think if he had catastrophic rear end failure there would be noises leading up to it or a loud noise when it happened. He told me there was none. I haven't been over there to see what he is dealing with but wanted to find out what this could be. He said in trans N and T-case N he cannot spin the rear drive shaft so it seems the R/P are still connecting/contacting. He also told me he had only been able to get the 4x4 to operate in 4lo not 4hi. I'm not sure what he is seeing spinning under there but to me it seem maybe this is an issue with his T-case not the rear diff. Any help is much appreciated. If I get a chance I'll go see what he is dealing with. I knew when he bought this Jeep he was making a mistake as he has no drive to fix things himself or even trouble shoot problems. Maybe he'll just decide to sell it cheap..

    Edit: Can a mod change the title of this thread to "The Hoon Chronicals: Help With an 85 CJ-7"...haha. Its going to be much more than a tire carrier.
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    Thanks for the title change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jesse3638 View Post
    I was just thinking about this thread as he is having another issue now. He went to drive it the other night, backed out of his driveway, put it in drive, and it went no where. He said the rear drive shaft is spinning but not going forward. I'd think if he had catastrophic rear end failure there would be noises leading up to it or a loud noise when it happened. He told me there was none. I haven't been over there to see what he is dealing with but wanted to find out what this could be. He said in trans N and T-case N he cannot spin the rear drive shaft so it seems the R/P are still connecting/contacting. He also told me he had only been able to get the 4x4 to operate in 4lo not 4hi. I'm not sure what he is seeing spinning under there but to me it seem maybe this is an issue with his T-case not the rear diff. Any help is much appreciated. If I get a chance I'll go see what he is dealing with. I knew when he bought this Jeep he was making a mistake as he has no drive to fix things himself or even trouble shoot problems. Maybe he'll just decide to sell it cheap..

    Edit: Can a mod change the title of this thread to "The Hoon Chronicals: Help With an 85 CJ-7"...haha. Its going to be much more than a tire carrier.
    Wanted to follow up on this. He had it towed to a shop and it turned out to be a broken 2-piece axle. After $900 he is back on the road.

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