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post #1 of 6 Old 07-11-2010, 05:26 AM Thread Starter
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Pukjo swaped for a TF999 but problem

swaped out the 5 speed for and automatic bought new flex-plate I Have it all put togather and the starter doesnt even come close to the flex-plate. anyone have any ideas. the trans came out of a 88 YJ with the same engine as my 89. the flex plate matched up pefectly everything is bolted in correctlly

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post #2 of 6 Old 07-11-2010, 01:02 PM
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I did the same thing to my Jeep when I blew apart my 5 speed. I had to use a starter out of an automatic YJ. I believe it is a Ford style starter. Hope this helps!
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post #3 of 6 Old 07-12-2010, 06:46 AM
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Any time you think a part may be transmission specific. IE the starter, then just go to Autozone web site or one like it and look up starter. If it has different part number for auto or standard, then I would be safe to assume there are two starters for the same engine.
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post #4 of 6 Old 07-12-2010, 07:18 AM
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Way back when, the Ford-style starters basically came in two flavors, short cone for standards and long cone for autos. If you have the Ford-style, which you probably do in your '88, then you need the long cone starter.
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-12-2010, 01:14 PM
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According to the parts list for 87-90 there is no difference in starters for manual or automatic. The only difference is by year. 87 has different part numbers for the starter and flexplate versus 88-90. 87 shares part numbers with 82-86 CJ7s, which is the starter style with the separate solenoid.

87: J3232138 flexplate, JR775001 starter
88-90: 33004359 flexplate, JR775123 starter

Since you are supposedly not dealing with any 87 parts, this may not apply to your problem but it is possible you have the wrong flexplate, or somehow the wrong flexplate/starter combination.
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-13-2010, 05:01 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys for all your information. when I ordered the flex-plate it was for the 87 and found out the starters are not the same. So new starter ordered and new trans mount which is different from 87 to 88. The 87 YJ that must have been the bastered year where they used up the remaining CJ parts.
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