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Unread 06-17-2013, 05:48 PM   #1
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Lets have a pow wow!

I am currently in a dilemma, I Just got rid of my Project God "XJ" which was rather a bit to radical for Daily Driving duties. I traded for a TJ which is perfect in every aspect of daily driving and slight wheeling. With that said, I simply dont have enough room in the TJ for my whole gang "Wife, Son, and Dog" plus our gear. Which is a compromise we knew that we got into from the get go, I am here asking to an in depth discussion of the pros/cons of both the XJ and TJ. The reason this has been brought up is because I have an opportunity to get back into an XJ with a well built XJ that is Daily Driver worthy, but I am trying to make the best overall decision for the long run.


Lets keep the fanboy mentality to a minimum please guys, lets have a legitimate comparison and recommendations for my situation.


TJ Wrangler
Pros:
*Topless/Doorless
*Amazing turning radius
*Tons of aftermarket support
*Frame
Cons:
**Lack of Room**
**Everyone has one
**I dont like the rear coils much...

XJ Cherokee
Pros:
*TONS of room
*I have allot more experience with XJs
*Plus I like the look
Cons:
**No resale value
**Harder to find parts
**Unibody


With these pros/cons listed in my quick brainstorming, I figured I would post 2 photos of each Jeeps to help my case.


97 XJ Cherokee











02 TJ Wrangler








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Unread 06-17-2013, 05:54 PM   #2
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Buy an LJ. Problem solved
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Unread 06-17-2013, 05:59 PM   #3
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Wife would shoot me if I spent any more money on Jeeps, plus we I have been without a Jeep Payment for almost 6 years!
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Unread 06-17-2013, 05:59 PM   #4
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I've had both. I like both for their own reasons. If your looking at auto's then you have to give it up to the XJ with the aw4. If you wan't to keep it forever and take it offroad you have to give it to the TJ since it has a frame (as long as it's not rusted that is). The TJ also takes the prize for it's resale value. It sounds like you really need an XJ for your current situation.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 06:03 PM   #5
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I've had both. I like both for their own reasons. If your looking at auto's then you have to give it up to the XJ with the aw4. If you wan't to keep it forever and take it offroad you have to give it to the TJ since it has a frame (as long as it's not rusted that is). The TJ also takes the prize for it's resale value. It sounds like you really need an XJ for your current situation.
Yup, I have had nothing but XJs the last few years! We have been wanting a TJ for awhile now, but there just isnt enough room. All of our XJs have been Auto and over the top built "tons, hydro, big tires etc". I am now starting to back out of the more aggressive side of offroading and move towards DD/Once in a blue moon wheeling trips.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 06:11 PM   #6
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Plus xj's are lighter. If I needed the extra seats I could see myself in an XJ
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Unread 06-17-2013, 08:33 PM   #7
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Get a cargo cage up top and be happy with a tj
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Unread 06-17-2013, 08:58 PM   #8
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If you're already regretting the TJ, it's not the vehicle for you. XJ.

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Unread 06-17-2013, 09:00 PM   #9
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Get a cargo cage up top and be happy with a tj
^This. Or get a small expedition trailer.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 09:07 PM   #10
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Not sure how you think everyone has a TJ and its hard to find XJ parts. There's 5 times as many XJs as there was TJs. You can't swing a dead cat in a junkyard without hitting one.
If you want more room and less aggressive wheeling the answer is pretty obvious.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 09:09 PM   #11
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You can't swing a dead cat in a junkyard without hitting one.
I laughed way too hard at this.

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Unread 06-17-2013, 09:44 PM   #12
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Not sure how you think everyone has a TJ and its hard to find XJ parts. There's 5 times as many XJs as there was TJs. You can't swing a dead cat in a junkyard without hitting one.
If you want more room and less aggressive wheeling the answer is pretty obvious.

Every junkyard I go to the XJs have been completely picked apart. Any part store you go to and search for a part on a TJ 9/10 they will have it about 50/50 for XJ parts. I wouldnt consider and XJ to be for less aggressive wheeling, if anything they perform better with the longer wheel base "if built correctly" I am not apart of the OOO XJ better or TJ better fan boy club. I have had quite a few XJs and all have ended up on tons, linked, locked and blah blah blah. Comparing stock TJ to a stock XJ I would say the TJ out performs the XJs without a doubt.


I have no regrets about getting this TJ, I was just presented an opportunity to get back in XJs trying to weigh my options and use the community so I dont make another impulse decision and get put in the Dog House.




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Unread 06-17-2013, 10:08 PM   #13
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My first vehicle was a 2000 XJ. I LOVED it. I put so much of my own money (coming from a 16 year old at a sub shop) only to total it away in a rollover.

But now I have a 98 TJ. I LOVE it too. The only downfall of a TJ really is the storage. With my XJ, I didn't have to really worry about not fitting my stuff.
And With the TJ, I drive my friends around a lot, so taking the rear seat out isn't really an option, and I don't like the way cargo racks look over the soft top.

All in all, they are both great vehicles, with their own pro's and con's.

And yes, you can't swing a dead cat in a junkyard without hitting an XJ
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Unread 06-17-2013, 10:49 PM   #14
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Both 4.0? I'm a TJ guy myself. You are an XJ guy, might as well sell the TJ since you'd get more for that than an XJ and spend some of that extra cash on your XJ.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 11:41 PM   #15
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Both 4.0? .
Yeah they were both 4.0's, but my XJ had an automatic in it.
That and its kinda hard to take the roof off a unibody and still be road worthy
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