im 6'2 and im going to swim in college, get in and out will not be any trouble for me. I want to be able to run 33's or 35's bot of which would be x14.5. Im sure that means new drive shafts and possibly beefy axles. its just going to be a beach cruiser. I want it to run, look good, and be able to get me wherever i might want to go on the beachhow tall are you? unless you're vertically challenged the 5 is difficult to get into and out of, I'd go with the 7 just for that (I'm 6'3"). 9k is a lot when you're looking for a CJ. You need to figure out what you want in it before you even start shopping though. AMC drivetrain or SBC swap? Lifted, if so how high? Any preference on tires? You should be able to find a running CJ in pretty good shape rust-wise (so you don't have to weld) for less than 5k on craigslist if you look. Just make sure you take your time with it and don't get excited and buy the first thing that looks good. That should leave you plenty to get it started at least.