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Old March 12th, 2012, 07:20 PM   #1
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CJ7 Buildup

I'm having a lot of work done to the CJ and I figured I would display it here for everyone to see how it goes.

starting with my 81 CJ7 I bought about a year ago or so. Its been sitting a while and I almost lost motivation. I even had it up for sale here with not much interest...thankfully. I had a change of heart and with support from the girlfriend, I decided to keep it and start putting some cash into it.

Its been mostly stock except for a minor lift on it.

After meeting Jason from Chelsea Paint and Restoration I decided it would be in good hands with him.

We will call this phase one...

-BDS 4" lift
-YJ spring conversion in the front
-New paint
-Front bumper
-Front corner guards
-recessing new LED tail lights into the body
-BFG Mud Terrains
-DUI ignition system, wires & plugs

next phase is a 4.0 head swap, full cage, transmission, and upgrading the rear to a dana 44. those are the main upgrades but i will be doing a lot of small stuff as well such as replacing gauges, knobs, wiring, and whatever else.

More pictures to follow
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Old March 13th, 2012, 12:44 PM   #2
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Old March 13th, 2012, 12:48 PM   #3
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Old March 13th, 2012, 12:49 PM   #4
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Old March 13th, 2012, 09:03 PM   #5
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Your camera takes much better photos than mine.

The BDS YJ front springs should be at the shop tomorrow.
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Old March 17th, 2012, 08:50 AM   #6
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Hum... I wonder if they have fine print in the BDS warranty?
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Old March 18th, 2012, 08:52 PM   #7
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Nice looking Jeep! Are you going to stay with the yellow or going a different route?
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Old March 19th, 2012, 07:45 AM   #8
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that yellow will be gone this week maybe? if not this week then next.

deuce will be spraying it with a charcoal grey and a matte clear coat.
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Old March 19th, 2012, 07:52 AM   #9
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front bumper and front fenders arrived. just waiting on the rear bumper and correct tail lights.

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Old March 19th, 2012, 08:01 AM   #10
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a couple more pics...deuce finishing the front suspension. a pic of the finished rear setup and a close up of the front before finishing.

any cj owners out there that do not have a sway bar and still do a lot of on road driving with no issues?

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i also plan on changing that exhaust. with the back open or top down the exhaust comes right back in the jeep...i like the AMC cologne but its a bit heavy. deuce also pointed out someone installed the muffler backwards ignoring the "inlet" and "oulet" stamps.

i was planning a 4.0 head swap so that may be a good time to just get a whole new custom exhaust.
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Old March 19th, 2012, 08:26 AM   #11
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I drove my cj on 35's with 4.5" lift for years with the swaybar disconnected. No issue. In fact when I sold the jeep I played hell trying to find the links lol. You won't mind it. I noticed little roll.
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Old March 19th, 2012, 09:23 AM   #12
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You could put a catalytic converter on it to help with the exhaust fumes. I used a 2.5" Ebay cheapie that really helped a lot.
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Old March 19th, 2012, 09:49 AM   #13
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I drive a CJ7 on 35's on the street as well with no swaybar- seems to run fine. I haven't had a swaybar or any of the brackets since I got it and I haven't looked back.
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Fixed the hood from that carb fire.


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Old March 21st, 2012, 03:56 PM   #16
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fenders are being fitted up now. there were a couple of minor rusted spots that were repaired.


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Old March 21st, 2012, 03:59 PM   #17
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turn the rear shackles around. they are going to dive right into the frame they way they are set up.
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Old March 21st, 2012, 04:16 PM   #18
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turn the rear shackles around. they are going to dive right into the frame they way they are set up.
Good call. Short side down.
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Old March 21st, 2012, 04:20 PM   #19
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looks good
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Old March 21st, 2012, 04:47 PM   #20
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turn the rear shackles around. they are going to dive right into the frame they way they are set up.

thanks for that. good eye!
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