Whyd we pick it? What made this one stand out in the sea of other Jeeps? Whats so special about this CJ that warrants three pages in the largest off-road title in the industry? Its pretty simple. Kevin Foxs 81 CJ-7 got the thumbs up because its clean, functional, classic, and balanced and has some pretty cool innovative features. But most importantly, it works.
Quick Spec Shots
Vehicle 81 Jeep CJ-7
Exterior Sporting YJ front fenders and TJ flares. Theres copious use of powdercoating and stainless bolts to ward off evil rust. Also running a 1-inch body lift, Warrior Products steel corners, and bolt-on nerf bars.
Drivetrain How about a warmed AMC 360, a Ford T-18 with 79 Jeep internals, a Dana 300 case with a Tera 4-to-1 low gear kit, and a Dana 30 front and Model 20 rear? The axles actually live with the 36-inch TSLs.
Chassis Super-easy Explorer Pro Comp spring-under lift with Doestch shocks, an 85 CJ-7 20-gallon fuel tank, and inverted rear axle U-bolts from a 71 Blazer.
Interior Way-clean with Auto Meter gauges, Steel Horse denim seats, a M.O.R.E. bolt-in rollbar with a YJ back bar, and Kenwood sounds. Our homes arent as nice as this.
73 AMC 360
280/289-duration, 0.450/0.474-lift cam
Motorsport high-altitude two-barrel carb for angles and low-end torque
M.O.R.E. engine mounts
Converted A/C compressor
Air manifold found lying around diesel truck repair shop. Can be duplicated from aluminum square stock drilled and tapped for 1/8-inch NPT fittings on top end and 3/8-inch NPT port on other end.
Custom Avalanche Engineering front and rear air-tank bumpers with left- and right-hand chucks
Both Tomken Machine and Currie steering box braces
4-inch Explorer Pro Comp lift
Tri-County Gear wide-track, 2 ¾-inch big-tube Model 20 housing with Moser shafts 3.54 gears and ARBs front and rear
YJ fenders for extra length with trimmed TJ flares
VW Jetta gas door
Dana 30 with Warn alloy axleshafts and 297-X joints