The problem is not the dry start ups but it's the intank line not submerged in fuel when cornering or at uphill. Not like originally FI cars or truck, CJ fuel tank doesn't have baffles in it, uncovering the out line when uphill with half full and down fuel tank..
The second factor for burned up pumps is the pump ability to pull, some, like Bosch pumps, are better in that. other pumps are not that effective puller but more of a pusher pump. The E2000 is a good at pushing but not at pulling. The E2182 is way better as a puller pump than the E2000 and this is due to the larger inlet, 1/2 for the E2182 and 5/16 for the E2000. So is Bosch pumps, large inlet.
So, if you place a pusher pump high up from a fuel tank with no baffles, your pump will not last long instead of 8-10 years..
It's all start with the mounting spot, I don't have a picture of my current setup but here is an old one, the pump is mounted at the frame near that place, so basically the filter is above the pump and the pump outlet is facing the rear of the Jeep.:
At that location the pump is lower than the mid height of the tank. You'll have to bend a steel line from the pump outlet to the filter inlet to avoid hose restriction.
About the price, there are two pump manufacturers in the US, Walbro and Siemens. Add Bosch pumps and that's about it. All the other brand just buy their pumps from those manufacturers, adding some fancy paint job, accessories and a "prestigious" price tag.
Most of the After market pumps are the exact same as the pumps you can get from the chain stores for half the price.
Look at this pump, E7052
, now let see a nicely colored after market pump, BBK Performance 1602
, these are the same
You have a few options for good pump:
~35 GPH@ 90 -100 PSI $93.99 5/16 inlet
38 GPH @ 100-125 PSI $120.99 3/8 inlet
50 GPH @ 100-110 PSI $91.99 1/2 inlet
67 GPH @ 110-120 PSI $127.99 3/8 inlet (noisy)