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Old 03-07-2014, 07:27 PM   #1
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Need new engine -87 YJ

My 87 4.2L is dead and I am being quoted $4100 for a rebuilt engine and installation. Is this a good price? I am in Virginia

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Old 03-07-2014, 07:36 PM   #2
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Unfortunately, that's pretty close. A typical reman is a couple grand and then labor.
I'm installing a used unit into a Cherokee next week for half that. The owner ran it out of oil.

You would save a ton if you bought used and replaced it yourself.

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Old 03-07-2014, 07:38 PM   #3
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It also includes a clutch and flywheel.

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Old 03-07-2014, 07:40 PM   #4
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"Unfortunately, that's pretty close. A typical reman is a couple grand and then labor.
I'm installing a used unit into a Cherokee next week for half that. The owner ran it out of oil.

You would save a ton if you bought used and replaced it yourself. "


I know I could save a lot but that is out of my knowledge and skill level. Thanks for the feedback!
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Old 03-08-2014, 04:12 AM   #5
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sounds a little high to me, I payed 2800.00 3 years ago. I'd check around.
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Old 03-08-2014, 07:02 AM   #6
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Buy a rusted out POS with low miles. PLENTY of them out there. Bonus…you get plenty of extra parts to use or sell. And if you sell, you may end up with your engine for free.
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Old 03-08-2014, 12:11 PM   #7
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You say that it is out of your knowledge and skill level.

Not to be mean, but maybe its time you learn? You can't own a 27 year old machine and pay others to fix it for you unless you have really deep pockets.

See if you can find someone in your area, or join a Jeep club in Va. Someone that would take you under their wing and teach you how to work on it.
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Old 03-08-2014, 01:01 PM   #8
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I take my engines to a machine shop here in town they clean it and rebuild the heads and then I order an entire rebuild kit, when its done I pick up the block and head or heads depending on the vehicle type with me putting it together myself I save a bunch it cost me anywhere from 700 low end for a 4cylinder to 1700 high end for a V8 their prices don't really change so the size of motor don't really effect it, it might slightly but not a lot, if you could find a place in your area that does this it would be your best option and just have someone with experience there to help you threw it. Ive rebuilt many engines on several projects and never paid anymore than what I have listed the largest engine I rebuilt was a 400 big block which is currently in my 56 chevy truck my 4 cylinder in my jeep cost me 700 I done a v6 vortec out of a chevy for around 1200
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I agree, just grab a used running one somewhere. Rent/beg/borrow an Engine Hoist. The engines not that hard to swap out.
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Even if you can't do it yourself find a motor and check with shops in your area for what they would charge to swap it out. Has to be less than 4100.00
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It would be about half if you have a shop swap in a used unit.
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PaleAle18...I live very close to you in Colonial Heights. I went through the same thing when I bought a 89 for the tub to restore my CJ and ended up swapping the V8 out of the CJ into the YJ. I am not a full blown mechanic nor do I want to be. I would rather do what I do for a living and pay someone else to swap an engine. I bought an engine from Carolina Machine Engines in South Carolina and had it shipped to a buddy's shop in Hopewell. You can get a long block 4.2 for $1395 plus shipping. Core charge is $550 refundable when you ship your engine back. It comes with a guarantee. I eventually swapped in a engine from CME. I have 30K on my swap and have had zero problems. If you are swapping like for like it should be cheaper than $4100. You can message me if I can help you.
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I had my motor pulled/rebuilt/and reinstalled for 3800.Last year
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Old 03-09-2014, 06:42 PM   #14
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I had my motor pulled/rebuilt/and reinstalled for 3800.Last year
Wow that is cheap! How is the motor running? That gives me hope when my 4 banger dies it won't break the bank completely lol.
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Old 03-12-2014, 07:03 PM   #15
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You say that it is out of your knowledge and skill level.

Not to be mean, but maybe its time you learn? You can't own a 27 year old machine and pay others to fix it for you unless you have really deep pockets.

See if you can find someone in your area, or join a Jeep club in Va. Someone that would take you under their wing and teach you how to work on it.
I understand I would like to learn and I do accomplish a lot with my Haynes manual but this task is daunting! I am just tired of having a very unreliable vehicle.
I am working a couple friends to see if they can help to swap this instead of a shop.
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Old 03-12-2014, 07:07 PM   #16
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Fweaky, I am looking into CME you offered and see what I can do as the mechanic came back this week and tried to up the price. I have a couple friends that have offered help so we will see if I can find a 4.2 for a straight swap.
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Old 03-12-2014, 08:10 PM   #17
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I just finished (yesterday) having my 4 banger rebuilt. I pulled it in my garage, dropped it onto a trailer and took it to a local shop that rebuilt it for $1300. I then picked it up from them and put it back in. It takes a lot longer to put it back in. I ran into some problems, but was able to complete the entire job for less than $2000 - including replacing the clutch myself. I had to buy a few tools, but a basic wrench and ratchet set will get you the majority of the way there.

The last time I did anything this involved with a vehicle was in high school (20 years ago). You can do it.
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Dang, if you where close I'd install My Good 4.2 in your car for $2,000. or so. then I'd have the money to finish my stroker, LOL.
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Got a 89 4.2 in my back yard carb. Not injected $400 it yours
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Old 06-11-2014, 04:35 PM   #20
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You say that it is out of your knowledge and skill level.

Not to be mean, but maybe its time you learn? You can't own a 27 year old machine and pay others to fix it for you unless you have really deep pockets.

See if you can find someone in your area, or join a Jeep club in Va. Someone that would take you under their wing and teach you how to work on it.
Finished setting the rebuilt engine and a rebuilt ax 15 . I was able to get a friend to help me do this. It is nice to see a new power plant in there though I have a few more steps to go before it comes alive.

I would recommend CME if anyone is looking for a rebuild.
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I would second CME for Rebuilt Engine

Installed a rebuilt/remanufacture 2.5L from CME had a high torque cam and 3 angle valve job which upped the price some, but engine works great.

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