I'm going to look at an '81 CJ-5 this weekend that has an 8" suspension lift and 38's. Does anyone have a feeling for how much it would cost to lower it about 4-5"? Would it be a big deal? I would like to run 33's or mayby 32's.
has it a 8" susp lift? or a 5" susp lift and a 3" bodylift?
a bodylift is easy to remove.
if you want to lower a susp lift you need some other leaf springs and shocks. and with that amount of lift some other track bars (if installed, most people with leaf springs i know remove them). does a cj5 have swaybars? if yes you have to change the sway bar end links.
but i think that you should find a cheap 3"-4" lift kit for a cj5 at ebay.
Sounds like it might be a spring over vs under. However.. either way just get some springs with less lift. You may also need new front and rear drive shafts, CJ don't use trac-bars, so no worries there, Got a pic of this thing?
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Thanks for the input, guys. Unfortunately, what was represented as "fully restored" was a bondo baby with a cheap paint job. Looked good when you drove up but when you got close there were rust bubbles everywhere. It looks like what the owner called an 8" suspension lift was an SOA + a body lift. With the 38's it was really unstable feeling. Anyway, I'm moving on and hope to get something else in the next week or so.
Thanks again for your help and I'm looking forward to being able to participate more!
well i figured it WAS the CJ section so i wouldnt get shot(u know they're a little defensive b/c their jeeps have problems), but i try not to say things like that in the yj forum, (TRY is the kmeyword)
"At what point, then, is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher."