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Chris, Shop Foreman
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HelloI have a 1988 wrangler, 258 engine, standard transmission.

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I have a 1988 wrangler, 258 engine, standard transmission. I replaced the blown engine
reman 1985, 258 and re-used the 1988 flywheel and the same starter.when i turn it over ,
it don't sound right something isn't right.I called and the tec said that the flywheel is different on 1983-1987 and the 1988 -1990.I tried a brand new starter and it bangs even louder.the starer in it now ,the drive gear is sloppy and that break.there is a reason they change the flywheel.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Jeep
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
the only thing i changed was the engine from a 1988 to a 1985 engine.
Expert:  jazzmaster replied 2 years ago.
the crank was changed in 88 in the 258 motor . WAS the motor from a 1985 cj7 automatic ?
Expert:  jazzmaster replied 2 years ago.
the starter is also different the 88 has 10 teeth on the pinion gear while the 85 has 9 teeth.the diameter on the 88 for the flywheel is 13.823 while the 85 is 13.8219 even though you used the 88 it is a tiny bit bigger by over an inchI dont know if the starter for the 85 will fit or work for the 88 drive shows it to not fit the 88 .
Expert:  jazzmaster replied 2 years ago.
what was the reason for getting a 1985 motor instead of an 88 ?
an when you say reman -was this from a parts store type purchase or a reman that was in another vehicle ?
Expert:  jazzmaster replied 2 years ago.
hello, do you still need assistance with this question ?