I assume that the AJK kernel is your current kernel?
The recovery of these devices is a part of the kernel, so you will need to install a complete kernel to install the recovery -UNLESS- you are using an s959g.
1) Are you using an sgh-i777 or sgh-s959g?
2) Which KK firmware are you interested in installing? almost all of them link to a recommended kernel in the OP.
Originally Posted by bkwas
kernel version 3.10.0-R93-AJK_v4.9_NoSwap-
copied sgh-i777 cwm v126.96.36.199zip to ext card and internal card then installed from ext and internal pulled battery then booted to recovery. Neither worked.