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KCsTJ's 1997 Jeep Wrangler SE

Discussion in 'Member's Rides' started by KCsTJ, Sep 15, 2018.

  1. KCsTJ

    KCsTJ TJ student
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    This is my 97 SE, 2.5L, 30rh 3 speed automatic transmission with 3.73 gears.
    Rides on 31s.

    This is how it looked when I got it in Nov. 2017.
    Most of the work has been engine and PM and work to correct neglect by POs.
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  2. KCsTJ

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    I impulse-bought the rivet style flares. I am rethinking that move and will sell them at some point. They will come off and the factory flares will go back on.

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    The first thing I did was install new brakes and rotors.
    The next thing I did was pull the cylinder head. The spark plugs were all white as could be indicating a lean and possible higher than normal temps.
    So not knowing the history I pulled the head and had a complete valve job done for $200.
    So at 152k miles it got basically a new cyl head, which did not correct the lean condition, btw.
    The lean condition was corrected by the correct O2 sensor.
     
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    Sounds like you are on the right track. Good looking TJ.
     
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  4. KCsTJ

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    Thanks @Gregg1LE ....
    hey, youre a Texan!
    Be sure and check out Texas Jeepers and come wheelin with us this fall. :)
     
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    Ugh, looks like I may have one of those 97 TJs with a bad batch of valve springs. Getting random misfires on cylinders 3 and occasionally on 3 & 4.
    I think what I will do to troubleshoot this is switch the valve springs on cyls 3 and 2.
    Then if I get a misfire on cylinder 2 I will know it's time to replace all valve springs.
    168k on the clock.
     
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    Thought I found the misfire problem...insulation stripped from both wires on inj#4. Repaired and ran great till today, another code 43 misfire. It has 2 stock injectors and 2 replacement injs
    I think I may have to end up building a F.I.
    wiring harness from scratch.
     
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    Good looking jeep!
     
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