I looked at a Jeep today and the owner represented the vehicle as a 1980 with the "Iron Duke" Chevy 4 cylinder engine. The word "Wrangler" was on the vehicle. I didn't think the Wranglers were made in 1980. If so, can someone tell me how the 1980 Wrangler is different from the 1980 CJ?
It is not at all a wrangler. They started in 87 as the yj, some idiot put that sticker on, OR there was a YJ tub swapped onto the CJ7 frame and they never took the sticker off. If the tub was swapped, that is a good thing. But the rest is still a CJ.
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Unless I'm mistaken the Wranglers came after the CJ. I think 86 was the last year for the CJs and 87 is when the wrangler showed up.
An easy way to tell is the headlights. If they are round then it is a CJ that probably just got stickers put on it. If they are square then its a YJ Wrangler (87+).
Yes, Wranglers came after the CJ. But the square headlights lasted from 1987 to 1995 when after so much public outcry about hating the square headlights, they switched back to round headlights on the 1997 TJ and then the JK. There's no such thing as a 1996 Wrangler. Use that as a bar bet - tell someone you drive a 96 Wrangler. The Wrangler was sidelined for a design overhaul.
BTW, what does JK stand for? Just Kidding?
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Originally Posted by John Strenk
What CJ owner doesn't want to hack up his harness for the next owner to have fun with?
Originally Posted by Broseph
The thread will derail quicker than a walrus on a Crisco-soaked Slip 'n' Slide.
There is a guy (haven't been able to meet him) who works in my building that has a CJ front end and a YJ tub with all the stickers, not sure which way the switch went, but it looks stupid to me knowing the CJ front end.
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