That is great news that you got it running! It's good to see some results out of a project. Now I'm really jealous of you. I had missed my opportunity to buy an '88 last month, but it was only because I didn't have the money.
I agree with you, some aftermarket parts are not worth the time or the money. Most of my parts on my 1988 YJ, including the '93 XJ 4.0 HO engine, fuel injectin system, and the PCM and wiring harness, are from the salvage yard, and thus far I have no complaints. Although, I do have some new parts on it that I have preferred to go new with.