Recent content by CJ-8_Jim

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    Lifter Noise 258 with 4.0L head - does the head need to be pulled??

    Yes. But note: If you think your lifters are bad, what about the cam? If the cam's lobes (sp?) are bad, you are just putting good lifters on a bad cam -- you might still have some degree of a problem immediately or in the near future. BTW... your engine was rebuilt... correct? Have you...
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    My family has been collecting stickers on our cargo trailer (that we also sleep in) of the places we go to camp, kayak and mountain bike. My grade school boys' favorites have been mountain biking down into Telluride & Moab and kayaking Antelope Slot Canyon on Lake Powell. (It goes without saying...
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    4.2 with 4.0 head or stroker?

    With 2.73 gears and 31s I easily do the legal max highway speed... I never go over the limit, so I wouldn't know what my budget stroker can comfortably cruise at above that. :unsure:
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    A True Scrambler Rambling... Thoughts?

    Wow! You're in God's country! My kids are 8 and 10 now too. I feel the same way.... they don't stay this age but for 1 summer. Plus you are in God's country to make memories. If your kids are like mine, they don't care what it looks like, they just want a Jeep ride with Dad! My vote is...
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    4.2 with 4.0 head or stroker?

    Hi Chris, For my pavement pounder Sunday Driver I went with what I call a budget stroker because it was essentially the same cost as a 4.0HO crate engine (actually, maybe a little less). The Cam is a Delta 991-248 which is a cam Delta makes just for S&J engines (I think)... it's the only cam...
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    4.0 Thermostat housing

    Yes, That's it! That is what I was thinking. Falconian - Rock Auto is a great tool -- very user friendly lookup and cross-reference. That T-Housing with threaded sensor port (albeit larger than 3/8") was used across many years and many models:
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    4.0 Thermostat housing

    I thought all YJ 94-95 4.0 T-housing have a temp port that is used for the MPI. It's not 3/8, but maybe the YJ resistant/ohms matches yours. In that case you could get a corresponding pig tail and splice into it a yj As I think about it, an easier option would be IF there is a brass reducer...
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    AMC 304

    I had one in my 79 CJ-5... God that thing was fast. Separate side pipes and no emissions equipment (I was a MI resident at the time). I liked it.
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    4.2 with 4.0 head or stroker?

    Cool. Create a thread on the install and your driving impressions. From the physical appearance of it, might that be an aftermarket design of the TBI typically pulled from donor GM vehicles. Would love to hear how it works for our next CJ!
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    4.2 with 4.0 head or stroker?

    It all depends on what you want to do with the CJ when you are done. And if you want to enjoy your CJ this summer.:eek: A stroker is not a LS/LT engine. Although with time and money, I hear it's comparable. But in that case, just find a cheap and low-mileage and complete GM engine with...
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    4.2 with 4.0 head or stroker?

    S&J engines built mine They don't build strokers per se.... they remanufacture engines (of all types). BUT.... If you send them your 258 crank, they will build a 94-95 4.0HO engine using your 258 crank. And you can even pick the decking spec. Make sure to...
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    4.2 with 4.0 head or stroker?

    1) I once looked into this, but it didn't seem worth the time hassle and $$$ to do the changeover. I'm sure S-belt has benefits, but I didn't need those incremental benefits on a Sunday driver. 2) FWIW... see my post above. HESCO MPI is a HUGE improvement. When I later did 4.0HO head swap, I...
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    4.2 with 4.0 head or stroker?

    Just saw this OP January post. Probably too late, but here's my 2 cents... I've had the options the OP is asking about. Caveat 1: My results are driver impression. Nothing was dyno'd Caveat 2: All the time, changing the specs of each scenario will have a noticeable effect. Powerplants are...
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    86 D44 Drum Backing Plate

    Like I said, it's been over 10 years. A 5 minute Google search just revealed the difference: 1986 CJ D44: AMC Model 20: Sorry for any confusion.... it's been a while.
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    turn signals don't work

    Grounds would be my vote. I had the exact same problem arise out of the blue last summer at SandBlast: intermittent turn signals and when working only having one side working. At SandBlast, spankrjs offered up grounds which turned out to be the problem (at home, I finally found the culprit...