ok good news, sorta...
because i didnt have the 470uf cap i just plugged the ecu back into my jeep and hooked my ignition coil back up. fuel pump came on, it cranked for a few and was wanting to run but wouldnt idle. when i gave it some gas while cranking it, it would run, but not idle with my foot off the pedal. after about 3 minutes, it finally started to idle. i let it run for about 10 minutes.
so where does that leave me? do you think theres still something that needs to be changed out? (either the caps or the ignition coil) or do you think maybe something was just loose and i snugged it back down when i hooked everything back up?