Got a 1983 CJ7 with the standard engine (except for headers & the Weber carb).
Ever since I've owned it (about 6.5 years) my CJ has torn up starters. I went through 2 stock starters and with probably 2 rebuilds on each. I finally went with the Mean Green starter and thought my problems had been solved. Until tonight. I cranked the Jeep and heard a bunch of grind in the flywheel. Got the Jeep home took off the starter and there is metal shavings all over the place. The Mean Green appears to be in good condition, but the flywheel ring gear has obviously been shaved down over the years to the point that it's not fully catching the starter anymore, hence the grinding.
Now, the ring gear has only been on this Jeep for about 4 years. I replaced it when I put a new clutch in.
Does anyone have an ideas on why my Jeep is having these starting issues? The only thing I can think of is that the compression in the engine is way high and it's wearing out these starting parts with each crank. Unfortunately I don't have the capability of testing engine compression so who knows.
Any suggestions, idea, comments? Please help.