New Exterior Colors:
Chili Pepper Red Pearlcoat
Deep Amethyst Pearlcoat
Smart Key Immobilizer replaces previous Lock/Unlock keyfob system.
Cruise control Available
Ez-Entry Driver's seat now available
Revised torsion bar for improved steering response
Revised steering gear ratio that varies from 15:1 on centre to 13:1 at the extremes of travel for more responsive steering
New steering wheel
Next generation airbags
Revised stereo range
Hood latch changes
3.73 ratio rears and Dana 44 Rear
New engine managment system wiring
Dual Tops Option
Added pads to front bumper -- front license plate moved to the center of the bumper
30" tire package came with the "Gambler" style wheels (15x8).
Defeat switch for passenger-side air bag
New Exterior Colors:
Patriot Blue Pearlcoat
Discontinued Exterior Colors:
Chilli Pepper Red,
Alternator moved higher up
Ultra Star 16" alloy wheel now standard on Sahara models.
4.0L engine now gets distributorless direct-ignition system, re-designed cylinder head, new exhaust manifold and dual-catalyst system (2.25" exhaust)
New NVG-3550 manual transmission replaces the Aisin transmission on the models with the 4.0L engine (includes synchromesh on reverse gear).
Sound Bar now standard on Sport models.
Tow hook option now includes one rear tow hook.
Sport's standard AM/FM radio adds a cassette player, Sahara exchanges a cassette player for CD player.
Optional tilt steering wheel in SE and Sport is now the same leather-covered unit that was standard in Sahara.
Child-seat tethers added to the rear seat,
Silver Metallic finish with black dual tops - Dana 44 Rear 2.25" Suspension Lift with Old Man Emu Shocks Performance Accessories 1" Body Lift Daystar 1" Motor Mount Lift Spidertrax 1.25" Wheel Spacers - 32"x11.5" MT/R Tires
the only difference, if any. is that the 2000 might have pre-cats that the '98 doesn't. But pre-cats are only useful on cold start-ups to reduce emissions before the main cat warms up, after its warmed up, the pre-cats are useless.
'98 Sport, 4.0, 5-speed, D44, 3.73, stock w/ 9k original miles
My favorite part of the 2000 was the distributorless ignition and redesigned intake. You can't just swap the ignition but I did nab a 2K intake manifold. Bolted right up.
98 TJ 4.0 Stick 30 Lock-Right/44 True-Track,4.56. Fire RED. Optima Red top. 3" Full Traction lift, Cragar 352 Street locks w/3.75 BS. 32" BFG AT's. Sailcloth top. Classic4x4 tubular fenders. AtoZ Fab rockers and front and rear bumpers. TBT sportsbar and rear spreader. VDP 6 speaker bar. 2K Intake Manifold. Tuffy Speaker lock boxes. Power inverter. Cobra CB. Magellan GPS. Bed lined tub. 3core HD radiator. Olds airbox with Hummer snokle. Besttop seat covers with heaters. All running lights LED.Steering and oil pan skids. Mile Marker PE8000 winch. Currie Anti-Rock. Olympic trunk. Tuffy Console....and Buddha on the winch. :) And a child seat stained with mud.