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Either Or approach to Ring Gear

Discussion in 'Early CJ5 and CJ6 Tech' started by JZ, Dec 21, 2007.

  1. Dec 21, 2007
    JZ

    JZ Member

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    I have now realized that the "new" flywheel that I installed quite a while ago, is a 124 and not the 129 tooth ring gear. The beast is all together. What is the recommended approach to get the flywheel out? (Pull the engine, or drop the transmission/transfer case)??
     
  2. Dec 21, 2007
    bobracing

    bobracing web wheeler

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    A lift
    but my vote is the trans.
     
  3. Dec 21, 2007
    Vanguard

    Vanguard Chief Cook and Bottlewasher Staff Member

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    Why not just change the starter to one that will work with the 124 tooth ring gear?
     
  4. Dec 21, 2007
    JZ

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    From what I have read here, the 124 is the flat-head version with a completely different bellhousing. (the starter shop that has been its custodian was completely unable to match anything up.)
     
  5. Dec 21, 2007
    timgr

    timgr Jeepin' Nerd 2020 Sponsor 2019 Sponsor

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    I think I'd pick the engine, simply because you can change the flywheel on the floor of the shop, rather than changing it in the Jeep. Plus a lot of the work to get the engine out can be done from above, and the trans work all has to happen from below (on the cold, hard floor).

    Really, I think it's close to a toss-up.
     
  6. Dec 21, 2007
    grannyscj

    grannyscj Headed to the Yukon

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    Change the drive gear on the starter. As long as the bore is the same it's easily changed out. If it isn't ...machine it.:v6:
     
  7. Dec 21, 2007
    Fat Va. Boy

    Fat Va. Boy New Member

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    This sounds like the easiest way to procede. Just remember that when the starter gives up the ghost, you'll have to change out the drive gear before you send the old starter to the trash heap or your FLAPS for core exchange. Good luck.
     
  8. Dec 21, 2007
    JZ

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    Where do I get the "new" gear from?
     

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