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post #1 of 2 Old 05-04-2020, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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87 Wrangler - Starter issues

i am working on an 87 Wrangler with the 4.2, with the Peugot gearbox. the guy we bought it from said he had put 6 starters on it, blamed the bell housing on the starter problems. We have put on a new flywheel and ring gear, bought a new starter, replaced the starter nosepiece with a better one from a CJ-7, replaced the starter drive with a better quality new drive, loosened the engine from the trans and shifted the spacer, all to get the starter better aligned with the flywheel. it helped, for about 3 weeks. now the starter is grinding teeth again. I know the 87s are notorious for this, and I know several people have 'fixed' the problem. This BA10 trans is, believe it or not, actually still functioning like it should. The previous owner thought the bell housing was the problem and gave us one with the jeep, but it is from an internal slave AX15, so it doesn't fit the Peugot. I have an AX15 and NP231 that I was going to swap in, but still have to get the master/slave cylinders (and possibly driveshafts). Was checking to see if anyone had any other advice on making what we have in there work together before I pull the engine again and start swapping parts. been welding floor panels in and would really like to get this on the road instead of scattered around the shop.

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post #2 of 2 Old 06-28-2020, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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OK - follow up - the BA10 is out of the jeep, an AX15 and NP231 from another YJ is in the jeep in its place. From all the Ax15 swaps I've read, the units are all the same length,but the AX15/231 combo I have is an inch longer than the BA10/207. The jeep has a 3 or 4 inch lift and about an inch and a quarter TC drop - and it appears the original drive shaft at 13.5" long was used. however, sitting empty, the driveshaft was almost all the way into the tailpiece, less than a quarter inch to 'bottoming out'. I am going to have to get the driveshaft shortened an inch to get it back to that point. I feel like it should be shortened a bit more. I would like to get rid of the TC drop and go with the SYE but that is a few hundred more dollars down the road. any advice? maybe take out another 1/4" to give it a little more room to compress? how short is too short on the rear driveshaft?
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