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Unread 02-26-2014, 04:54 PM   #1
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1997 TJ automatic 32rh interchange years..

I need a new auto trans for my 1997 TJ with the 4.0 and was wondering about the year interchange? I know they were used for the YJ's, etc up through 2002.. but there were some changes to them that make the proper year selection critical?
I think in 1999 they went to a lock up style torque converter? And the earlier YJ models had a slightly different wiring setup?

What years will 100% bolt up and work on the 1997 with no mods?
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Unread 02-26-2014, 05:10 PM   #2
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I need a new auto trans for my 1997 TJ with the 4.0 and was wondering about the year interchange? I know they were used for the YJ's, etc up through 2002.. but there were some changes to them that make the proper year selection critical?
I think in 1999 they went to a lock up style torque converter? And the earlier YJ models had a slightly different wiring setup?

What years will 100% bolt up and work on the 1997 with no mods?
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97-02 will all work just fine.
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Unread 02-26-2014, 05:35 PM   #3
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No sense in looking at the 92-95 YJ 32rh ones?
As a side note or question, I am getting a bad vibe under acceleration and the check engine light is on, code has said it was the torque converter...
I think (since I can swap it out myself) that I should replace both the TC and the transmission while out.
Is there any chance I am wasting my time and should just swap in a new TC?
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Unread 02-26-2014, 06:51 PM   #4
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Okay, I think the YJ ones are out...seems they are a hair different.
When I do go to Car Part.com (the junk yard site) it shows 1997 as a lone year and 1998-2002 as another.
What is up with 1997?
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Weird, every salvage yard I call says the same thing... 1998-2002 is not interchangeable with the 1997 year. WTH.....
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Weird, every salvage yard I call says the same thing... 1998-2002 is not interchangeable with the 1997 year. WTH.....
I have no idea what would be different. I've swapped several 32RH's into rigs and a couple were 97's. We never checked or cared what year the trans was.

I just checked Rock Auto and the parts interchange for various things like torque convertors, flex plates, dipstick seals, etc. don't vary between the 97-02 years.

If you check the profile for Stupendousman you will find he has a 97, we swapped the 32RH into it and as near as I can tell, it was not year specific and there were no issues.
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97's are always treated as the redheaded step child for some reason. Best I can figure it was the first year change from the YJ and after that, some minor stuff was changed, setting 97 apart. But major stuff like engine, tranny, t-case should be all the same like mrblaine said.
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I have read lately that the 1994 and/or the 1995 YJ 32rh might be the same as the 97-2002 32rh? I believe the pre-94 or pre-95 had a single wire hookup up that possibly one of these went to the double wire TC lockup and *will* work in a TJ?
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