I just recently purchased a 1984 CJ7 Laredo. The Jeep is bone stock, including the 258ci engine, T-5 transmission, Dana 300 transfer case, Dana 30 front axle, AMC 20 rear axle, and hardtop. The previous owner took meticulous care of the rig. After many hours of research and visiting many parts websites, I was hoping for some advice on what upgrades I should install and how I can prioritize these projects. This Jeep will be used around town, on coastal foothill fire roads, and trails around Bear Valley, CA. So far I'd like to do the following items:
Twin Stick conversion on TC
2.5 inch suspension lift kit
32" tires (though not sure of axle drive ratios yet)
AMC 20 retrofit (can't decide between solid axle conversion or full floater kit)
My budget is $5,000 and my DIY skills are intermediate. I already have the Jeep Owners Bible and will be picking up a copy of Jeep CJ Rebuilder's Manual: 1972 to 1986
Maybe down the road, I will consider an EFI addition and transmission upgrade/change.