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Old 04-02-2014, 11:55 AM   #1
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Tips and advice please!

Just ordered a new (remanufactured) engine for my TJ. It's a long block so I'll be switching all of my externals over onto the new engine. Any advice, tips, tricks or suggestions are welcome!

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Old 04-02-2014, 02:32 PM   #2
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Take pictures and label everything as you take it all apart. That way you won't end up with a box of spare parts.

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Old 04-02-2014, 07:20 PM   #3
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Take a picture of your new engine installed. Some of us have forgotten what a clean engine looks like!!!
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Old 04-02-2014, 08:55 PM   #4
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Take pictures and label everything as you take it all apart. That way you won't end up with a box of spare parts.
This is huge. I did a motor swap on my old CJ5 and I marked everything and took pictures as I took it apart. The pictures saved the day as some of the markings got covered in oil and grease. Most of it is straight forward until you start dealing with emission crap. The big thing to make sure you mark clearly are your vacuum lines.
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Old 04-02-2014, 11:27 PM   #5
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Zip Lock Bags and a sharpie are your friends! Oh and also Tags for Your hoses and vacuum lines like Hosejockey mentioned.
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Old 04-03-2014, 09:28 AM   #6
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Having done many engine swaps in my day, I would consider replacing water pump, clutch and pilot bushing, new hoses, have radiator checked out and everything else that was mentioned above. Its the little things that usually bite us in the a$$. Good luck and don't be afraid to ask for help. Talk is cheap engines aren't .
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Old 04-03-2014, 09:35 AM   #7
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Clutch kit, throwout bearing, pilot bushing, water pump...all on the list. Hoses don't look bad. Do I take my radiator somewhere to have it inspected? Or just look for damage?
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Old 04-03-2014, 06:38 PM   #8
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I would just have it inspected, flushed out and cleaned, if you haven't had any problems with it that should be all you need. A good radiator shop will just boil it out and make sure it isn't plugged up.
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Old 04-04-2014, 02:44 PM   #9
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I use the blue (or green) painters tape and a sharpie to label all the stuff I'm taking off. I wrap it around and secure it to itself. Take a bunch of pictures, it was incredibly helpful when I swapped my head.
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Old 04-05-2014, 05:43 PM   #10
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Thanks folks. All great ideas. Engine is out, and swapping all components over to the new engine.

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Old 04-05-2014, 05:46 PM   #11
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Anyone else have problems with those top two tranny bolts? Why in the world would they use torx head bolts in an area like that? Stripped them out, had to cut them off with a cutting wheel. Putting hex bolts back in.

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