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Old 04-07-2012, 04:34 PM   #1
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CJ 5 Shift pattern & other ?

Thinking of buying a 75 CJ5 with a 304 3speed, the 1st gear was down to the left 2nd up to the right 3rd down to the right reverse was up to the left...is this the correct sequence for shifting? I was thinking 1st started up to the left.....the Jeep is in good shape has fiberglass tub, Shocks seemed relatively new etc. it all looked right however when driving it I could not keep it straight hitting the brakes it would swerve... any thoughts on how to correct the handling of it...again the Jeep looked nice and definitely wasn"t a POS but I probably would have to tow it if I bought it. didn"t feel like something I wanted to drive 40 miles on the freeway with Thanks for any input!

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Old 04-07-2012, 06:48 PM   #2
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You are correct on the shift pattern. Reverse is where most vehicles 1st gear is. 1st gear is where most vehicles 2nd gear is.....

Since you have 4 wheel drum brakes I say you need to adjust your drums. You might need new pads, wheel cylinders, hardware or even drums. Everything but drums is pretty expensive.

They also didn't come with a sway bar so that might be something you want to add.

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Old 04-09-2012, 11:42 AM   #3
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Does it track straight when not hitting the brakes?

If not, the following are likely causes. Could be one or more of these:

Worn out steering shaft joints (between column and box)
Insufficient caster due to lift or long shackles (spec is 5 to 7 degrees positive)
Insufficient toe-in
Worn steering box
Worn TREs
Worn ball joints
bad wheel bearings

If it won't track straight, trailer it don't tow it.

Good luck!!
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