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Unread 03-02-2014, 11:41 PM   #1
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Just how different is a wrangler?

Ok so the question I have is just how different is a yj for an xj?

I drive and xj now and I know it just about inside and out. I am considering getting into a yj but I'm not sure what too look for when buying.

I know the obvious rust is a deal breaker but is there anything specific to the yj that I would not find in an xj? Or maybe wouldn't think to look for?

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Unread 03-03-2014, 04:46 AM   #2
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For starters - Frame based (YJ) vs Uni-Body (XJ)

Among Wranglers you have different suspension setups. YJ is all 4 tires on leafs. TJ is more like XJ with links and coils up front.

Plus MANY other differences, though the motors are almost the same (accessories vary a bit, rotation of water pump, etc).
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Unread 03-03-2014, 06:09 AM   #3
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TJ has coils all the way around.

We had an XJ in the family a few years ago and a TJ now. There are so many differences, I don't even know where to start or how to answer. Like comparing apples to oranges. Yes they are both fruits and good in their own way.

Two totally different vehicles. Inside and out. While they may share some components.

Let us know what you are looking for and maybe we can be more specific.
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Unread 03-03-2014, 06:29 AM   #4
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Actual frame vs unibody. removable top, suspension, dash, storage space, rollbar, wheel base, looks. I really like Cherokees and thought about getting one. For me the xj felt a little long and had a lot of body roll. Kinda like a small truck. Wranglers are very maneuverable but don't have much storage space. As much as I liked the cargo capacity of an xj, at the end of the day I wanted to take the top off, so wrangler for me.
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Unread 03-03-2014, 08:55 AM   #5
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Actual frame vs unibody. removable top, suspension, dash, storage space, rollbar, wheel base, looks. I really like Cherokees and thought about getting one. For me the xj felt a little long and had a lot of body roll. Kinda like a small truck. Wranglers are very maneuverable but don't have much storage space. As much as I liked the cargo capacity of an xj, at the end of the day I wanted to take the top off, so wrangler for me.

That's exactly how I am starting to feel now. I mean I love my xj i just want something I can take the top and doors off of durring the summer time
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Unread 03-03-2014, 10:04 AM   #6
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Wrangler is just a better box all around to build upon.
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Unread 03-03-2014, 11:19 PM   #7
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Probly gonna get flamed for this, but if you want a traditional jeep and cargo room your only choices are: CJ6, CJ8, Wangler LJ, Wrangler JKU. By traditional I mean removable top, doors, folding windshield, solid axles, body on frame, american style, linage tracing back to ww2. I might have missed one in there. Love my jeeps but most don't do well as far as interior cargo area. Good luck.
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