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Old 03-08-2011, 05:03 PM   #1
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I am looking to put a lift on my '77 CJ-7 any ideas on a brand and what all do i need to get. Thanks ahead of time.

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Old 03-08-2011, 09:24 PM   #2
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First off nice to see a survivor cj!

1st question: Body Lift, Shackle Lift, Suspension or SOA?

Suspension/Spring Lift:
Well just like anything else you are going to hear alot of different things. I have a '76 CJ7 with a 304 and I have a 4" suspension lift. I believe it to be a Rough country. It has been on the jeep about 9 years. It is stiff and rides pretty rough. CJ's w/ spring lift ride rougher than stock if using CJ springs. A real common swap is to do a YJ spring conversion which are "softer". There are a handful of companies that makes lifts for cj's. Rough Country, Skyjacker, etc. Priced around $600.

Body Lift:
1" - 3" common size, Cheap. <$200. Just allows for larger tires.
I'd say don't go more than a 1". Not a fan. I plan to put a 1" Daystar soon.

Shackle Lift:
Small amounts ok but a lot and the springs will be walking around on ya. Shackles run <$200 normally.

SOA:
Spring over axle. Gain several inches by just moving the springs to top of the axles instead of underneath. Never ran it but requires modifications to the axles. Not sure on cost.


I am in the middle of quoting a YJ conversion with Old Man Emu springs. It is only about a 2.5" lift but will increase flex and made it ride a ton better. However it is going to be over $1k; about 2x's the costs of most lifts.

If things go well I will have a 4" lift for sale.

Seriously though, let me know what kind of lift you are thinking and we can go from there.

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Old 03-13-2011, 08:15 PM   #3
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I have a rubicon express lift with YJ width springs, 4" lift on my '80 CJ7 and it came with everything for the install (springs, perches, t-case drop, pitman arm drop, shocks, extended brake line, etc.). I recently put on a MORE shackle reversal kit which helped the bump steering problem I had and have the old CJ a much smoother ride. I also put on wide track axles from a newer CJ which helped balance my center of gravity. You can get too high real quick by lifting a narrow track axle. Personally, I'm not a big fan of body lifts, it just seperates the frame from the body. Rarely is it needed, and it typically causes your geometry to become off. Hope this helps.
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Old 03-14-2011, 07:34 PM   #4
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I just bought a '82 CJ7 and it has a 3" shackle lift and i'm wanting to get rid of that and put on a suspension lift How much did you pay for the rubicon lift??
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Old 03-15-2011, 05:44 AM   #5
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Thanks for your help. Hopefully something will happen in a month or so
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Old 03-15-2011, 12:36 PM   #6
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I want to say my rubicon express lift was around $800. I bought it in 2005. It is higher than other brands, but you get everything you need with it. All the other kits need additional items which add to the cost. I believe rubicon express is "restructuring" and have paused production, so they may be running with limited product right now until they are manufacturing again.
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Old 03-16-2011, 07:44 PM   #7
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Well I'm on a pretty tight budget around 600 I had been thinking of the Rusty's offroad kit. Anybody know anything about them? Also could anybody tell me what type of transmission came in a 1982 cj7 with the 4 speed manual. I've looked evrywhere and cant find anything.
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Old 03-16-2011, 08:22 PM   #8
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Sorry it also has the 6 cyl in it.
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Old 03-17-2011, 06:32 AM   #9
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Well I'm on a pretty tight budget around 600 I had been thinking of the Rusty's offroad kit. Anybody know anything about them? Also could anybody tell me what type of transmission came in a 1982 cj7 with the 4 speed manual. I've looked evrywhere and cant find anything.

I'd say it is probably a T-4 but it could also be a T-176.
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Old 03-17-2011, 07:22 AM   #10
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OK thanks for the info.

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