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Unread 08-20-2008, 05:05 PM   #1
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Confused, what year did AMC start using the ECM (computer)

I've been searching and cannot find a definitive answer 81', 83'???
the reason I ask is


But I also have these





Now correct me if I'm worng, but am I not running the ECM on a 80' CJ-7

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Unread 08-20-2008, 05:07 PM   #2
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Im pretty sure it was 1981
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I thought it was '83

Is that the original grill?
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I thought it was '83

Is that the original grill?
Per my PO, I am the 3rd owner and it is all original, but that is why I have the question. When I went to replace the valve cover I had to get an 82' gasket and it still didn't fit perfect but I was able to trim it down a little and no leaks, so it worked.
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Unread 08-20-2008, 06:07 PM   #5
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The silver box in last pic is not a ECM it is a ignition control module. The ECM is located behind the glove box on top of the heater duct. If you have a large grommet with a big wiring harness going into you firewall on the passenger side then your probably have a ECM controlled CJ. The use of a ECM was not introduced till the 1982 models.

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Craig wins! And for the record, just because it is "Emission Controlled" doesn't mean it's Computer controlled. See all those vac hoses and solenoids, and canisters, and egrs, and delays and mini valves, and and and and ......

It's ALL Emissions related.
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The silver box in last pic is not a ECM it is a ignition control module.
Correct - not the same thing. If you're running the stock distributor, you need the silver box regardless of what is going on with your carb.

If your vacuum advance is plugged off, your engine performance will suffer from a rpm standpoint. You want to get a line back on there, unless someone capped it because it was non-functional?
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Those wires look just like the factory Non computer set up used from about '78 up.
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Thanks guys, Fatman do you know what I can get rid of? I don't have any testing here id Fl, so I would like to strip anything I don't need. I will check the firewall for the big grommet and harness. Would I benifit from doing the Nutter bypass with the ICM?? Thanks again guys.
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Thanks guys, Fatman do you know what I can get rid of? I don't have any testing here id Fl, so I would like to strip anything I don't need.
I'll tell you, like a very smart & respected JF member told me 1 1/2 years ago, 'you need to have a complete understanding of your emissions system, before you make the decission to start removing anything'.

And here's a good site to get that education:
http://home.sprynet.com/~dale02/list.htm

I've posted a few schematics in the past, do a search. Mike Romain and John Strenk have some fantastic information on the subject.

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Would I benifit from doing the Nutter bypass with the ICM?? Thanks again guys.
You don't have a computer, there is nothing to "nutter"
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Thanks Fatman, been reading parts of that page for a couple months, when I get the time. Will check it out some more!

Oh anyone have comments on the vacuum advance being pluged?
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The use of a ECM was not introduced till the 1982 models.

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1981
at least for Calif models
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You need the vacuum advance connected to the distributor. Performance and gas milage will suffer otherwise. As mentioned. Make sure it works. Note, there will be no vacuum at idle, the throttle has to be open for it to work.

In 81 the computer was mounted on top of the drivers fender by the horn.
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The silver box in last pic is not a ECM it is a ignition control module. The ECM is located behind the glove box on top of the heater duct. If you have a large grommet with a big wiring harness going into you firewall on the passenger side then your probably have a ECM controlled CJ. The use of a ECM was not introduced till the 1982 models.

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OK, ECM located behind the Glove BOX???

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In 81 the computer was mounted on top of the drivers fender by the horn.

Does anyone have actual Documentation of the actual location
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Does anyone have actual Documentation of the actual location
Based on what people are posting about when ECM's were first used, it sounds like you're looking for something that isn't there if you have a 1980.
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