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Old December 29th, 2005, 08:16 PM   #1
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been tinkerin with the idea of building a trail rig and a buddy of mine has an older CJ-5 (i think) frame, axles, 6-cyl, 3-speed & transfer sittin out behind his pole barn i've been thinking about getting and tossing together......price is right....."come get the POS outta my yard!"

Anywhos, i was wondering if the CJ-5 & CJ-7 tubs were interchangeable?

Are any of the parts between the 2 interchangeable??????
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been tinkerin with the idea of building a trail rig and a buddy of mine has an older CJ-5 (i think) frame, axles, 6-cyl, 3-speed & transfer sittin out behind his pole barn i've been thinking about getting and tossing together......price is right....."come get the POS outta my yard!"

Anywhos, i was wondering if the CJ-5 & CJ-7 tubs were interchangeable?

Are any of the parts between the 2 interchangeable??????
most likely should be pretty similar.. i have a TJ tub sitting on a YJ frame... i personally would stay away from that cj5 frame.. most are pretty rotted and they arent very beefy to begin with .. c-channel frame..
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No they aren't interchangable.. CJ-7 tub is 10" longer due to the CJ-7 having a 10" longer wheelbase...


There are even multiple styles of CJ-5 tubs, they aren't interchangeable, but can be made to work with some welding skills..

CJ-5s came in 3 varieties:

1955-1971. Frame rails are straight. T-case had front and rear outputs offset to the right side.
1972-1975. Frame rails are straight. T-case had front offset and rear output centered on the t-case
1976-1983. Frame rails flare out/get wider about halfway. (rear is wider)..
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From what I understand, a 5 and a 7 frame is not the same at all. The 7 is longer by quite a bit and none of the mounts line up.

Not 100% sure though.
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most likely should be pretty similar.. i have a TJ tub sitting on a YJ frame... i personally would stay away from that cj5 frame.. most are pretty rotted and they arent very beefy to begin with .. c-channel frame..
C-channel frames, though, don't fill with mud, and generally don't end up rusting out as bad. At least, both my 1975 frames (strongest of the C-channels) were in excellent shape, compared with every 15 year or older boxed frame I've seen around here is rotting. Most people never realize how much their frame is rotting from the inside...
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C-channel frames, though, don't fill with mud, and generally don't end up rusting out as bad. At least, both my 1975 frames (strongest of the C-channels) were in excellent shape, compared with every 15 year or older boxed frame I've seen around here is rotting. Most people never realize how much their frame is rotting from the inside...
shrug.. i can just go by what ive seen.. all the cj frames ive seen have pretty much a rusted out rear crossmember and rear frame sections..
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thanx for the info guys!

I have no clue what year it is, but i'll get over there this weekend and see if he knows for sure. I know the last time i saw it (maybe 2 weeks ago) it looked like a straight rail frame (no flare) and was super solid......some light surface rust, but nothing detrimental(SP?)

Thanx again......oh yeah, being of shorter wheelbase, think it would make a decent trail rig? probly see the ocassional mudhole in the trail, but nothing like the pounding i put mud trucks through :tonka:
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It'll do well in a variety of wheeling situations. Depending on what year it is, much of the mechanicals will be compatible with the later CJ's. Even if its an earlier one, you'll still be able to find parts for it without much trouble.
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