The Specification of a 1980 Jeep CJ5

by Matt Koble
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The 1980 CJ-5 is a sports utility and off-road vehicle manufactured by Jeep. The 1980 model came in nine different versions, all with slightly different specifications than the 2.5L base model.

Engine and Performance

The base trim level for the 1980 CJ-5 featured a GM manufactured 2.5L four-stroke gasoline engine. With two valves per cylinder, the engine featured a bore and stroke of 4 by 3 inches and an 8.2-to-1 compression ratio. The 1980 CJ-5 reached 87 horsepower at 4,200 rpm with 126 lb.-feet of torque at 2,400 rpm.


The 1980 CJ-5 had a 4-speed manual transmission with a 3.54-to-1 final drive ratio. The gear ratios, from first to forth gear, were 4.07-to-1, 2.39-to-1, 1.49-to-1 and 1-to-1 with a 3.95-to-1 reverse gear ratio.

Physical Specifications

The 1980 Jeep CJ-5's base model had a curb weight of 2,657 lbs. The curb weight is how much the vehicle weighs without cargo, fluids and passengers. The 1980 CJ-5 stood 144.3 inches in length, 68.6 inches in width and 67.6 inches in height with an 83.5-inch wheelbase. The CJ-5 featured 51.5 inches of front track and 50 inches rear track with a 6.9-inch ground clearance and a 15.1-gallon fuel tank.

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