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Unread 05-07-2008, 10:37 PM   #1
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LJ owners, I need some advice... tj'ers look too!!

I am in the market for a TJ... but am now becoming interested in the LJ... (Im just not a JK kinda guy) and i was just wondering how you all felt about your LJ's vs the TJ. I like the extra legroom for backseat passengers and i like the extra cargo room in the back..

Now does the longer wheelbase at all affect ride quality or offroad ability?
Also, is the extra legroom substantial? or do friends still Bi*** about it?
What fits in the back of an LJ vs what doesn't fit in the back of a TJ?

Also, the Dana44 is a massive plus for this vehicle and the idea of trailering more is nice too... Thanks..

Pictures of LJ's would be awesome thanks!!!

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Unread 05-08-2008, 02:30 AM   #2
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Let me try to help, I recently sold my 4th TJ to purchase an LJ.
The room behind the rear seat is a noticable improvement. I can now fit, a tool chest, sub box, air compressor, tow strap and small shovel.
The street ride is also better. Off road it is better and worse depending on the obstacle, but I would say I like the LJ better. I do not sit in the rear seat so can't say for sure, but it does have more room. You also have the added ability to actually tow something other than a Jet ski ....lol

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Unread 05-08-2008, 05:12 PM   #3
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thanks i appreciate the input... anyone else?
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Unread 05-08-2008, 06:20 PM   #4
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I'm a TJ Owner and never liked the extended look of the LJ. I also have a child and after I've owning my 04 TJ for over a year, I kind of wish I was more open to the LJ's when I was buying. I added a roof rack for storage when we take trips as a family, with out the rack I just don't think I would have been able to use the jeep as much as I have...
In hind sight, I still think the LJ's look a little weird, sorry LJ owners. But I think I could have used the added storage space more with hauling my kid around. Especially because I use my jeep as a DD.
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Unread 05-08-2008, 07:46 PM   #5
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I owned a TJ and sold it to get an LJ. The extra space is a huge plus especially with kids. Now I have enough space in the back that I can throw some bags in and head out for the weekend. I used to think the LJ's looked kinda funny and I still think they do if not lifted. Lifted LJ's Rock.

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Unread 05-08-2008, 08:00 PM   #6
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i just got an LJ after totaling my TJ. I had a 4" FT lift on the TJ, my LJ has a 4.5" RE lift, and it feels a lot more stable on the road. I haven't had it offroad yet (hopefully in a couple weeks) but i've heard the extra 10" wheelbase makes it more stable. considering the universally accepted, optimum wheelbase for a offroad jeep is ~100", and the LJ is at about 104", and TJ's are at 94"...i can see how a lifted LJ will perform better offroad.
I really like the extra space in the back, there's 2" extra backseat legroom, and 12" extra space behind the seat (double that of a TJ). My TJ was an early '99 so most of the things i like better about the LJ are also on newer TJ's, mainly creature comfort things. I'm REALLY glad i went w/ the LJ over another TJ.
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Unread 05-09-2008, 06:27 AM   #7
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i really like the way the LJ's look lifted, i think its the only way to go... and like some of you i feel like i will regret not getting a LJ if i do get a TJ
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Unread 05-09-2008, 08:54 AM   #8
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I love my LJ. I got rid of the back seat and have basically a truck bed back there now. The ride is excellent on road and it handles very well off road. I don't really see much reason to choose a TJ over an LJ if both are available to you.




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do any of you guys pull trailers that are close to the max rating?? if so... how does the LJ handle it?
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Unread 05-10-2008, 11:31 AM   #10
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I just bought my 02 Tj a couple weeks ago and I love it. I really didnt like the Lj's much at first but i went and test drove one with a 4" lift and 33's and I liked it. I was at the carwash washing the wifes Tahoe the week before I went to pick up my TJ and there was a guy washing his 06 LJ Rubicon with the Fabtech 8" lift and 37s, it was awesome! If I coulda found an LJ built-up like that I woulda bought it!

I dont dvire my Jeep a lot and rarely have any passengers so the TJ works great. I did drive with two guy passengers last week and had no complaints.
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Unread 05-10-2008, 11:35 AM   #11
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Forgot to mention...

Im not sure how much longer overall the LJ is compared to the TJ but the a big plus for the TJ for me is being able to park my motorcycle at the front of the garage and then still being able to park the TJ in behind it.

I suggest you go drive both and see what you think. It sounds like the LJ will work better for you as long as you like the way they look.
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Unread 05-13-2008, 01:13 PM   #12
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do any of you guys pull trailers that are close to the max rating?? if so... how does the LJ handle it?

I pull a 3500lb travel trailer, it handles it just fine.

But I do have a dual antisway,elctric brakes,brake controller, and a weight distribution hitch.
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Unread 05-13-2008, 02:14 PM   #13
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My wife has a TJ that I built for her and she loves it. I Didn't like the lack of room so I bought myself an LJ. All of these guy's ponts are valid and I agree with them...except that the LJ looks funny! I think all jeeps look funny not lifted. Another reason I liked the LJ is that they all have the Dana 44 rear axle. Rubi's have them front and rear. The LJ does pull the trailer much better than the TJ. My LJ runs a 5.5 RE long arm and 35's and can handle the trailer well. The TJ gets some sway at higher speeds or wind. I will be posting my LJ for sale in the near future to accomodate the baby on the way.
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