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    USAF what is the best CJ 5 lift kit.

    Good evening to all,
    I know this question has been beat to death many times over. I have read many posts about it. However sometimes over time peoples opinion changes whether itís for the good or bad. So here is my question. What suspension do you run on your jeep? Do you like it? If yes why, and if not, Why not? If you had to do it over again what would you do? Thanks for your time and help.
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    What year is the CJ5?

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    1977 cj-5
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    Black Diamond 3" is one I have personal experience with. Did that on my '80 CJ7, along with a 1" body lift. I'm running 33x12.5-15 tires with bumpstops. (I didn't do any cutting/trimming of my tub becuase it's a rust free original)

    And I love the ride! I drove it to Moab and back last year, put on over 2300 miles in 9 days.

    I have heard good things about the Old Man Emu springs also.

    I would stay away from Rough Country lifts. They have had constant problems with thier springs, both leaf and coil, with settling.

    I know of at least 10 guys who have used RC springs, and lost more than 1/2 the lift in under a year, one guy lost 3" of his 4" lift springs in less than 3 months!!! YMMV


    For the best ride, stick with 3" or less. The more lift, the more arc to the leaf. The more arc, the rougher the ride will be.

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    a 7 and a 5 are far from the same. (hilbille i know you know this) the only was i could get my 74 Cj5 to ride nice was to stretch the wheel base a few inches both directions. in the stock location its harsh, even with deaver springs and 7100's.

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    Thanks for the replies.
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    On my 69 CJ 5 I just did a SOA and removed 3 of the 7 leaves in the rear and 2 out of the front and it rode out pretty smooth for a CJ, flexed out great too also was running Rancho RS5000's couldn't have been happier with it. Ended up with around 5 inches and a 2 inch body running 36's without trimming.
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    I had a 4" Skyjacker Softride on my '73 CJ5. There wasn't anything soft about it. In short, that thing beat me to death!

    That said, it had a fiberglass tub and a soft top when I ran none . I think that a little extra weight would've made a little difference and smoothed out the ride. A steel tub would've been a bit heavier.
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    you can also swap in yj springs for a better ride.. and doing that swap opens you up to all the yj lifts since there are more of them then there are for cj5/7's
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    Thanks for the help. I think I am going to go with a 2.5" BDS with a 1" body.
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