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Unread 02-24-2009, 03:34 PM   #1
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whats better cherokee or wrangler

im not sure wich to buy a cherokee or wrangler i really like both but dont know wich one to choose plz help me lol

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Unread 02-24-2009, 03:35 PM   #2
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well if you like to drive around with a top/doors off then a wrangler will be better, if you need the extra cargo/doors then a cherokee will be better
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Unread 02-24-2009, 03:53 PM   #3
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Also keep in mind a Cherokee can be bought, tagged, and lifted for the price of a bone-stock Wrangler.
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Unread 02-24-2009, 03:55 PM   #4
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Also keep in mind a Cherokee can be bought, tagged, and lifted for the price of a bone-stock Wrangler.
depending on what type wrangler, he did not say CJ,YJ,TJ,JK
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Unread 02-24-2009, 03:59 PM   #5
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cherokee always just as many aftermarket parts. extra room. dont have to use a sye until a few inches higher. i sleep in the back of mine comfortably. with a twin size air matress. they come in 2 door versions. doors come off easily. you can gete power everything in a cherokee. only a few inch longer wheel base. 7 inches ? Xj freaking X not c or y or t X hehe
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Unread 02-24-2009, 04:28 PM   #6
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It also depends where you live, what kind of trails you will be runnin, and what your overall goal is.

There isnt going to be a lifted cherokee everyother parking spot like there seems to be with wranglers.

The cherokee has a longer wheel base which is a good thing in snow and moderate to extreme rock crawling, but is a bad thing in tight woods trails and canyons out west.

the wrangler has little to no cargo room without raising the COG and has a kinda squirly ride (doesnt track well handles horrible in snow and has a super light a** end) but they can be fun to drive.

If you want topless and doorless and dont mind alittle fabrication work then the cherokee is a good idea for the custom look.

all in all its really up to your wallet becuase wranglers are just straight up more expensive and there arent to many in the JY so you cant get cheap parts.
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Unread 02-24-2009, 05:46 PM   #7
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If you think a wrangler is bad in the snow you are way wrong my wrangler will go through more snow than any long wheel base truck could dream of in stock condition. I had a F-350 that would not go through near as much snow and it was a long wheelbase plus it was heavy. I would say a wrangler has more options as far as aftermarket goes as well, and you are limited when you get to 35s-37s because of the weaker unibody over a frame and body like a wrangler. Plus a with frame and body you can also change out many components with out worrying about the it weakening, and then the other benefit is you can put pretty much what ever engine you want to swap in V8 wise in a wrangler. I would say a wrangler is going to be far superior to a Cherokee in most situations. But the question is really apples to oranges different vehicles and different needs/uses.
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Unread 02-24-2009, 05:56 PM   #8
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I think price is a major factor, you can buy a nice 97+ CHerokee with low mileage, for the smae price for a 90ish YJ with twice the mileage..

Trust me..I know..just went through this a few weeks ago...and I bought the wrangler....there's just something about them.
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Unread 02-24-2009, 06:33 PM   #9
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If you think a wrangler is bad in the snow you are way wrong my wrangler will go through more snow than any long wheel base truck could dream of in stock condition. I had a F-350 that would not go through near as much snow and it was a long wheelbase plus it was heavy. I would say a wrangler has more options as far as aftermarket goes as well, and you are limited when you get to 35s-37s because of the weaker unibody over a frame and body like a wrangler. Plus a with frame and body you can also change out many components with out worrying about the it weakening, and then the other benefit is you can put pretty much what ever engine you want to swap in V8 wise in a wrangler. I would say a wrangler is going to be far superior to a Cherokee in most situations. But the question is really apples to oranges different vehicles and different needs/uses.
All I know is that in the twistys we have here in PA I drove my friends YJ in the snow and I could not keep the dang thing straight even on straight aways in 4x4 it wanted to kick around. My cherokee in the same snowstorm never had a problem and I responded to many fire calls at normal speeds because it could actually take turns.

When going to 35's or bigger the only difference to the wrangler is you need frame stiffiners. You still need to upgrade the axles and do all the great stuff.

As for the engine swap again all you need is frame stiffiners to handle the torque and you can put whatever driveline (within reason) you want in. The old drag cars had frame stiffiners so why cant we? I am dropping a diesel in mine this year and it will fit fine.
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Unread 02-24-2009, 07:27 PM   #10
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I am also a member of an emergency response team (EMT) I have noticed the wrangler will kick out a little easier because of the short wheel base but once you get used to it is not a problem driving one once is not getting used to it, any vehicle will fish tale, it's just learning how to drive it and how far to push it. I have had to go to numerous calls at speed, but if you drive with in reason it can be just as easy to handle as anything else. I also found it it a lot easier to correct a fish tale in a wrangler compared to other similar size vehicles like a Cherokee, closest I have come to a Cherokee is a grand wagoneer and wangoneer limited, and the a 1st gen explorer. Although a TJ and a YJ are not very similiar suspension wise, and I also have a rear limited slip so that may make a difference. I like the Cherokee's so don't get me wrong but only if it were body on frame, I just don't like unibody's I guess, spent to many years working on non unibody stuff.


The bonus to a Cherokee is they are cheaper so more money to mod, I bought a Rubicon for the reason I didn't want to have to replace axles to run 35s locked, and the 4.1 low t-case. But if you like to work on vehicles everything will be a work in progress.
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Unread 02-24-2009, 08:14 PM   #11
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This question is a tough one, in the summer, I always want to get a wrangler to take the top off! however, everytime i go out on a trail, i am so glad i have my cherokee. the wheelbase is PERFECT! interior space is very nice too, and i dont have to worry about people trying to steal my stuff.

however, I would ask myself, what are my main goals (lift, tires, trails, etc), whats my budget, daily driver, family rig, etc
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Unread 02-24-2009, 09:01 PM   #12
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Rogue I agree with what you said there. All in all it comes down to the buyers preference in cargo space body style and frame style.
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Unread 02-25-2009, 03:49 PM   #13
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thx i think iv made my desicion im only 18 so dont have a family it would be a daily driver and defently offroad we dont really have any big trails that i know off besides THE BAD LANDS so i live in indiana and i would be doing more of mudding than anything so im goin to go with the wrangler thx every one
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Unread 02-26-2009, 08:11 AM   #14
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thx i think iv made my desicion im only 18 so dont have a family it would be a daily driver and defently offroad we dont really have any big trails that i know off besides THE BAD LANDS so i live in indiana and i would be doing more of mudding than anything so im goin to go with the wrangler thx every one
hey i'm in indiana too. the badlands rocks! i didn't see if you mentioned this, but have you driven both kinds of jeeps? you really should drive one of each first. i would go wrangler, but it's all personal preference.
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If you think a wrangler is bad in the snow you are way wrong my wrangler will go through more snow than any long wheel base truck could dream of in stock condition. I had a F-350 that would not go through near as much snow and it was a long wheelbase plus it was heavy. I would say a wrangler has more options as far as aftermarket goes as well, and you are limited when you get to 35s-37s because of the weaker unibody over a frame and body like a wrangler. Plus a with frame and body you can also change out many components with out worrying about the it weakening, and then the other benefit is you can put pretty much what ever engine you want to swap in V8 wise in a wrangler. I would say a wrangler is going to be far superior to a Cherokee in most situations. But the question is really apples to oranges different vehicles and different needs/uses.
Putting a V8 in a jeep is just dumb especially a wrangler the body is so light you just spin out there's no torque so unless you're drag racing with your jeep keep the straight 6 it's a legendary engine with a lot of low end torque it offers the best off road and snow condition... Not to mention the straight 6 lasts forever and is a simple, cheap, and easy to fix engine parts are very cheap and easy to replace
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