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post #1 of 18 Old 08-16-2017, 04:11 AM Thread Starter
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Suggested Replacement Parts

I'm doing a lot of part replacing on my 95 5.2, I'm curious what brands have the best reputation amongst these parts:
- Spark Plugs
- Spark Plug Wires
- Distributor
- Thermostat (I live in GA if it helps)
- Temperature sensor
- Front and rear shocks
- Both upper and lower ball joints

That's all I'm doing for now, the main part I'm having a tough time deciding on is the thermostat. Some part stores recommend a 185 others recommend a 195-205. I guess I need a second opinion on either one.


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post #2 of 18 Old 08-16-2017, 05:30 AM
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Welcome to the forum.

On mine I used Mopar wires, distributor cap and rotor. Don't forget to do the TSB 18-48-98 for the spark plug wire routing. There are additional small retainers specified in the TSB.

The Gates 33009S 195°F thermostat and the Bosch 6702 Fine Wire Platinum spark plugs have been working fine.

My original Up Country shocks are working fine. Same w/ my temperature sensor.

My plan is to use the Moog K7403 ħ1.75° Offset Lower Ball Joint and the Moog K100198 ħ2° Offset Upper Ball Joint when I swap my front steering knuckles to permit "dead on balls accurate" front end alignment.


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What would be the benefit of having offset ball joints


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Also, where could I find the wires cap and rotor?


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For Spark Plugs, most will recommend Champion Copper or NGK Copper. Don't bother with Plat or Iridium. These engines enjoy their copper.

There's actually another topic going on where someone else is asking for suggestions on Plugs, wires, cap and rotor. Just make sure the cap uses brass contacts.

T-Stat i go with Stant. I don't know what the v8's like as far as temperature tho so can;t give you a good range.

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What would be the benefit of having offset ball joints
This reply shows I am unable to attain the specified alignment on my stock ZJ w/o any accidents. The offset ball joints permit additional alignment range.


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Stock t-stat is 195, get a stock t-stat. Stant is fine as long as it's the normal one not the fail safe. The fail safe are known to fail, and not safely.

Just get normal spicer balljoints.

Why are you replacing the distributor?


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Stock t-stat is 195, get a stock t-stat. Stant is fine as long as it's the normal one not the fail safe. The fail safe are known to fail, and not safely.



Just get normal spicer balljoints.



Why are you replacing the distributor?


I meant distributor cap


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post #9 of 18 Old 08-16-2017, 10:58 AM
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I've had a few Magnum V8s and the two I have now (one 5.2, one 5.9) both start immediately and idle perfectly.

A little hotter spark and the OEM coil becomes a spare.
https://www.summitracing.com/parts/m...iew/make/dodge

The cap/rotor is high quality. The Mopar Performance 7.5mm wires are the best as mentioned earlier (labled, exact correct length, loomed), but no longer available, so this kit.
https://www.summitracing.com/parts/s...iew/make/dodge

Iridium plugs are the best, they last forever and spark hot. I use them everywhere. Even my old 1980 Mopar slant six loves them.
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Those summit kits are great for cap rotor and wires, I have them on my pig as well.


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Those summit kits are great for cap rotor and wires, I have them on my pig as well.
Some of the reviews say a few of the cables are a bit long?

Check this out, Belden plug wires for $10 for the budget minded. And other goodies.
http://www.rockauto.com/RSS/vehiclef...l=en&html=true
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The Permatex 81153 Dielectric Grease is a very nice product to squirt into each plug wire boot, to keep dry and prevent arcing. It is an "aerosol" w/ a long tube stub to make it easy to fill the boot w/ grease.


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This is all much more helpful than I expected thanks guys!

I hate to sound like a jerk but no one has replacement shocks to recommend?


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Some of the reviews say a few of the cables are a bit long?

Check this out, Belden plug wires for $10 for the budget minded. And other goodies.
http://www.rockauto.com/RSS/vehiclef...l=en&html=true
They're a bit different in length compared to the mopar ones, but on the jeep at least I've not had any issue.

The 460 in my truck has been a different story, but a lot of parts interchanges claim that engine wasn't available my year.


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This is all much more helpful than I expected thanks guys!

I hate to sound like a jerk but no one has replacement shocks to recommend?


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Shocks will vary based on what you want. Me personally I went with Monroe and they work fine. Give a decent stock ride feel. However if you want any sort of lift in the future, different shocks will vary based on lift and kit. Ranchero, OME, etc.

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