downsides to not having a thermo air cleaner? -

LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 Old 01-26-2010, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
1980 CJ7 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: crossville, tn
Posts: 52
downsides to not having a thermo air cleaner?

i have a 1980 cj7 with a 232 and a 2 barrel bbd carb. the PO for whatever reason decided to replace the thermo air cleaner with an aftermarket one that is 2 plates of aluminum with the filter element in the middle. question is, is this damaging anything? is the tac absolutely necessary? or is it just fine like it is?

"How can I relax when you have the keys to a v8 blender???" richard hammond
dustinnice is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 Old 01-27-2010, 12:59 AM
Registered User
jeepdaddy2000's Avatar
1971 CJ5 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Eagle Point
Posts: 7,142
No engine damage. You do loose the ability to heat the intake in cold weather, however, this may not be a problem where you live. The big downfall to open air filters is they get dirty a lot faster. With a closed housing, the air is forced through a snorkle. The dirt particles accelerate and tend to hit the front of the filter, leaving the rest of the element relatively clean. It also helps protect the element from water damage.
jeepdaddy2000 is offline  
post #3 of 4 Old 01-27-2010, 02:34 AM
John Strenk
John Strenk's Avatar
1976 CJ5 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Shalersville Ohio
Posts: 15,692
Also the stock one can be ducted to suck in cold air from outside the engine compartment.

Usually the stock air cleaner can direct the air for better flow into the carburetor but not particually on the "over the valve cover" design.

How did you end up with a 232 in your 80 CJ.
John Strenk is offline  
post #4 of 4 Old 01-27-2010, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
1980 CJ7 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: crossville, tn
Posts: 52
thanks guys. ive been having some trouble finding a filter element for the thing but i suppose one will turn up sooner or later
john strenk--i guess you could say i ended up with a 232 the same way i ended up with an aftermarket air cleaner. all that stuff is pre-me
thanks again
dustinnice is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Jeep Forums Replies Last Post
16" Rims For 15"...downsides? Olrev Jeep CJ Forum 3 11-20-2009 09:06 AM
Air Cleaner DocZ Jeep CJ Forum 12 02-15-2008 12:04 PM
carb cleaner vs. brake cleaner Floridazed Jeep CJ Forum 7 01-03-2008 02:57 PM
CJ Air Cleaner CJ5911 Jeep CJ Forum 1 03-08-2005 10:02 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome