New to me BJ40

FDo5g

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Greetings,

I recently acquired this 1978 BJ40 with a 3B engine and started working to get it on the road. Little did I know that the vehicle would spend the next eight months in and out of five different shops, working on electrical problems, fuel, leaks, oil, leaks, etc. I think I finally have had upon the resource that I’ve been lacking this whole time when I logged into ih8mud!

I look forward to getting to know the other long-suffering FJ/BJ 40 enthusiasts!

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@FDo5g Congrats and Welcome !!

Nice Rig,

Don't suffer !, ultimately enjoy ;)
 
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too bad you didn't look here before your purchase.

lots of good info and knowledge here.

do you have a plan to replace the rear shackles?
 

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too bad you didn't look here before your purchase.

lots of good info and knowledge here.

do you have a plan to replace the rear shackles?
Tell me your thoughts about the rear shackles. Are you suggesting that I put on smaller shackles and re-shape or replace the leaf springs?
 

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Generally aftermarket extended shackles offered are no more than 2" over stock and some times shorter. I believe stk shackle length is about 2 3/4". Yours appear to be about a foot over stk. These are dangerous. Most folks purchase lift springs and extended shackles to achieve the lift they desire. Your front ones are scary and dangerous. I bet it drives twitchy. I'd park it until the suspension is corrected.
 
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Generally aftermarket extended shackles offered are no more than 2" over stock and some times shorter. I believe stk shackle length is about 2 3/4". Yours appear to be about a foot over stk. These are dangerous. Most folks purchase lift springs and extended shackles to achieve the lift they desire. Your front ones are scary and dangerous. I bet it drives twitchy. I'd park it until the suspension is corrected.
That is super helpful advice - new leaf springs or reshape the ones I have?
 

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My guess is that you have stk springs and someone cheated by making and adapting those shackles so the tire would fit. I would opt for some decent lift springs, shocks, bushings and the proper extended shackles if you want to run those tires and rims.
What size tires are they?
 
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too bad you didn't look here before your purchase.

lots of good info and knowledge here.

do you have a plan to replace the rear shackles?


Curious, wasn't it Vintage Off Road before? First time I actually looked to see where it is actually located. Driven within a quarter mile many times.
 

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My guess is that you have stk springs and someone cheated by making and adapting those shackles so the tire would fit. I would opt for some decent lift springs, shocks, bushings and the proper extended shackles if you want to run those tires and rims.
What size tires are they?
I ordered the OME 2 inch light lift kit - will post pictures when it is installed
 

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