1. Registration trouble? Please use the "Contact Us" link at the bottom right corner of the page and your issue will be resolved.
    Dismiss Notice

What Changed Between '79 And '80?

Discussion in 'Intermediate CJ-5/6/7/8' started by olcj, Jan 6, 2021.

  1. Jan 6, 2021
    olcj

    olcj A Work in Progress

    Cleveland, Ohio
    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2009
    Messages:
    38
    Looking at some different things for my '76, mostly suspension components. Some say they fit '76-up and others say '76-'79 or '80-'86. I know things changed from '75 to '76 but can't find anything on this.
     
  2. Jan 6, 2021
    nickmil

    nickmil In mothballs.

    Happy Valley, OR
    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2002
    Messages:
    11,925
    Quite a few things changed. Brakes, transmission and transfer case, etc.
    can you be more specific what you are looking at?
     
  3. Jan 6, 2021
    olcj

    olcj A Work in Progress

    Cleveland, Ohio
    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2009
    Messages:
    38
    Body lifts and suspension lifts
     
  4. Jan 6, 2021
    timgr

    timgr We stand on the shoulders of giants. 2022 Sponsor 2021 Sponsor 2020 Sponsor

    Medford Mass USA
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2003
    Messages:
    23,076
    Almost everything changed for 1976. What stayed the same - body shell mostly, engines, front axle, transfer case.

    Body lifts and suspension would be totally different and incompatible between '75 and '76.

    The biggest change for 1980 was the transmissions. The T-150 and the T-18 were gone, replaced by the SR-4, T-5 and T-176. There may be changes for 1980 that affect the suspension and body lifts, but I do not know of them. Likely the seller has a reason to split between 1979 and 1980. It seems unwise to second-guess the seller.
     
  5. Jan 6, 2021
    olcj

    olcj A Work in Progress

    Cleveland, Ohio
    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2009
    Messages:
    38
    I guess what I'm second-guessing is why one manufacturer says one size fits all and another says it doesn't? I seem to recall someone saying the shock mounting changed in '80 which would account for certain suspension lifts but not body lifts?
     
  6. Jan 6, 2021
    nickmil

    nickmil In mothballs.

    Happy Valley, OR
    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2002
    Messages:
    11,925
    I know some suspension manufacturers were building different springs for the 4 cylinder version vs. the I-6 version. Not sure if that is still the case. I know there was a shock mount change to a longer upper mount but I couldn't tell you what year. Many manufacturers will build a "one size fits all" and let the end user sort out the details.
     
  7. Jan 17, 2021
    dvader

    dvader Member

    Northern Nevada
    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2006
    Messages:
    199
    Different transfer case. 1979 Dana 20, 1980 Dana 300.
     
New Posts