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Unread 06-26-2004, 09:16 PM   #1
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Will this work?

Alright here it goes. I have a 88 yj with a 4.2L and for over a year now it has sat in my yard b/c it was runnin horrible on day after my dad had it. well me and a buddy put it up on the lift and take a look at the engine from the inside bottom up. and what we find is that one of the lobs on my cam shaft is gone! no lift. so i decided i would rebuild it. well last summer i ordered the complete engine rebuild kit from clifford performance. i also got a 4.0 head from clear water cylinder heads that is port and polished and has a three angle valve job. i proceded to start the disasembly of engine. i got all the brackets and stuff off and and was down to havin to take the head off... well time has gone by and i havent really had much time to work on it. nor have i or do i have the money to take the block out and have it bored. now to my question...

I was wondering if i replace everything but the pistons (new cam, head, vavle springs, lifters... the works) would my engine do fine with out the piston that come with the kit?

I really want to put everything back together and get her runnin. and try out my new suspention!

Any opinions would be greatly appriciated!


88 YJ with a 4.2 I6. Hurculined, CD, CB, flowmaster. 4" Skyjacker suspention lift with revolver shackles, SYE, 33x12.50 explorer pro comp all-terrains!
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Unread 06-28-2004, 12:35 PM   #2
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Donít take this the wrong way, but you would be out of your mind if you had the whole engine out and apart and put the stocker, worn, loose fitting pistons back on there. Get some cash, bore it, clean it, and do it right. I mean itís like dropping the tranny and not changing out a 10 year old clutch while your in there.
My jeep has only ever killed 3 things, a cat, a deer, and my wallet. What's the problem officer?

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Thanks to the price of gas here ($4.25 a gal) I just bought a mountain bike, 0" of lift, 0" of travel, MT's, locked rear axle, oh yeah, it's the sh#$.
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Unread 06-29-2004, 09:19 PM   #3
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Yes, that would be really stupid.
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