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    Default cj5 360/727/300 soa and 4"springs.

    first 83 Cj5, amc360/tf727/d300 4" lift springs and SOA, stock axles w/ arb and cm shafts. Tub is not on yet just frame axles and drive train.

    It is sitting high, do I need the soa to run 35's?

    Problem I ran into and is stated here a couple times is the rear drive shaft angle is very steep and short and the front shaft will hit the belly pan before bolting to the yoke on the axle. I guess cutting the pan in front to make room will solve that part.

    Rear drive shaft angle -fix (while keeping what I have) is to move the motor foward as far as I can and run electric fan(s)?
    Would removing the SOA and going spring under help?

    The metal ring for the flywheel-does it go between the flywheel and crank or between the flywheel and torque converter?
    my bolts wont catch the threads in the torque converter just a 3/16 too short now (think I know the answer) need to hear it from the "done it" crowd.
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    I would go SOA but not with 4" springs. Your current setup is gonna be TALL. If your gonna run 40s and hit mud holes that will be a perfect setup. Rocks, trails and street driving, I'm come down a little.

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    larry i would try shorter shackles. my D.S. angle in the rear isnt too bad with SOA with stock (short) shackles.

    the metal ring your talking about is it the inspection cover your refering too? or something else? a pic of said ring would help
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    Man, 4" lift springs and an SOA? You're talking 9+ inches of lift!!

    I'd go spring under, or use stock to 1" springs with the SOA.

    Auto tranny and a CJ5, you're going to have problems, add in that much lift, and you're going to have expensive problems, like breaking custom $600 driveshafts.


    Moving everything forward and using electric fans will help, as would pushing back the rear axle some, using offset springs, or linking it.


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    Think I'll may drop the soa and see what it looks like.

    BCS metal ring is like a giant washer that has the same bolt pattern as the flywheel.
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    That metal ring goes inbetween the flywheel and tork converter.(Its kinda like a washer for the flying wheel)
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    Quote Originally Posted by warrior View Post
    That metal ring goes inbetween the flywheel and tork converter.(Its kinda like a washer for the flying wheel)
    Then I do have it in the correct spot. I put the flywheel on the crank then that ring and then bolted it down. Seems the torque converter is just a 3/16" in too far and the bolts wont reach the hole?
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    That ring does go on after the flywheel/flex plate what ever you want to call it as stated above. It keeps the flywheel from cracking from the bolts. It's a good idea to replace the front pump seal while you have the motor/ranny separated. make sure you spin the torque converter an insert it in all the way. It should sit about an 1/8 to 1/4" in from the bell housing. when you mate the tranny make sure the dowel pins are in and soft mount the big bolts on both sides. The reach through the starter hole and pull the torque converter back towards the flywheel and make sure the holes are lined up (it only goes in one way). If you don't have any play front and back something ain't right. if you cant turn the torque converter once it's in there to line it up, pull the spark plugs out and turn the motor by hand with a breaker bar and a deep socket like a 3/4 or 7/8" IIRC.
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    cool got it thanks.
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    OK the soa is off and the drive line is absolutely workable now. still messing with the torque converter had to get longer bolts to draw it in so the stock ones will grab. but it seems the holes are off a bit?
    Does the torque converter have a specific bolt pattern? There are 4 holes to bolt it to the flywheel they seem to be NOT symmetrical?
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