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Unread 02-05-2014, 09:37 AM   #1
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new yj owner needs advice

hello. I currently have a 97 tj. 2.5 5speed, love it. my daughter blew the engine and it has not been driven in over a year. I just inherited a 87 YJ with carb problems and bad brake lines. It has been in a garage for the last 12 years. I would like to get the YJ running for now while I restore the TJ. I assume the YJ has the 258 AMC carb. engine? Should I try to rebuild the carb or just replace it and with what would I replace it with? Taking any and all suggestions. P.S. New to the forums and postings, Taking advice on that too. Thanks Clan484

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Unread 02-05-2014, 05:16 PM   #2
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Best advice I can offer is to get aquainted with the FAQ section, which is a sticky at the top of the YJ thread list.

In particular, this section has lots of carb info:

If it were me, my goal would be to install the Howell fuel injection kit. But before I did that I would want to at least get it running on a carb so that I could evaluate the rest of the truck and see what kind of gremlins it had. Then decide if I wanted to put any money into it. So for me, the answer would be to clean and rebuild the existing Carter BBD carb, get it running enough to run trial runs. Then go from there.
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Unread 02-05-2014, 06:11 PM   #3
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i agree with the above. see what else is wrong before you go crazy with it. get that carb rebuilt. should last you a few years.
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Unread 02-05-2014, 07:19 PM   #4
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I agree with getting it running and see what you have. About weather to rebuild or replace the carb I have been there. I replaced the one on my old yj about 5 years ago. I found one at O'Reillys (in stock) for around $150.
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Unread 02-05-2014, 08:02 PM   #5
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+1 on checking it out. The cj FAQ has a ton on different carb options. I like the eBay carb kit. It does away with a ton of vac lines and smog crap. If you can do without the emissions stuff and be legal. Thats the kit I'm planning on for my 258 in my cj5...
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Unread 02-05-2014, 09:26 PM   #6
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I will try a rebuild kit. I am going to drop the tank to get rid of the old fuel first. Knowing the previous, it is a sure bet that it is an original carb. where is the best place to get a rebuild kit? From what I read they are standard 2 barrel Carters.
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