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Unread 11-01-2011, 04:08 AM   #1
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TJ VS TJ with long wheel base

Do I need an unlimited long wheel base jeep? What are the advantages?
Thinking about trading up a few years and wonder if LJ is what I should look for?
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NO off road...Just On road fun and winter driving..... may tow trailer with other fun stuff like cycles, 4 wheelers....I wonder about ride and stability in snow with longer wheel base
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Unread 11-01-2011, 05:24 AM   #2
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Do you want/need...
...2" more legroom in the back seat?
...12" of extra 'trunk' space?
...10" of extra wheel base?
...1000# additional tow capacity?

I like my '05 LJ MUCH more than my '99 TJ. The longer wheelbase makes it more stable. The extra room in the back seat is noticeable. The extra 'trunk' space is also very noticeable. It has a 3500# tow rating vs. 2500#.
Plus they look cooler with a small lift and 32" tires.
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Unread 11-01-2011, 07:16 AM   #3
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It depends on what type of wheelin you do.The rear overhang will drag on lots of stuff.
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Unread 11-01-2011, 07:21 AM   #4
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I have an unlimited. Had a CJ-7 before this and do not think I will ever go back to the "short" jeep again. Better ride and much more storage space (dont really use the second seat). Before you buy, test drive one and see what you think.
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Unread 11-01-2011, 07:36 AM   #5
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I test drove one before I bought my 06 TJ and being longer didn't really notice it that much, but we only drove it a couple of miles too. I'd really like to have the extra room through, with 2 girls in the rear seat you can't even go the the store and get too much.
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Unread 11-01-2011, 07:42 AM   #6
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I'd go with the LJ in these conditions:

If it'll be more of a DD and you have kids, gear, etc.
You tow stuff
You're building for 37"+ tires

For my personal uses, I'll stick with the better breakover and departure angle of the SWB TJ.
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Unread 11-01-2011, 08:13 AM   #7
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The difference between my old YJ and my LJ is night and day. Obviously they are two totally different machines (4 vs. 6 cyl, leaf vs. coils, more creature comforts in the LJ), but as far as room and manageability for a family with 2 small kids (4 & 7) it is hands down better. They can climb in easily, fit great with the front seats all the way back, and there is room for stuff behind the rear seat. I had a XJ in between the YJ and LJ, and I rarely miss the 4 doors and bit of extra space.

The LJ is a great Jeep on the road too. Fun to drive around town, still fits in nicely in 'small car parking', and does great on the highway. I am about to go through my first winter with it, but I am sure it will be as great as any Jeep. The only offroad I did with it so far is pulling a trailer through some 6" deep mud to go get a cord and 1/2 of wood, it did great, but I don't have feedback other than that. I can see where the YJ would have been much better for the wheeling I did in CO, but around here (what little wheeling there is) the length, breakover, and departure would not be as critical.

Speaking of towing, this LJ does as well as, if not better than the XJ towing loads. I have a 5x8 trailer that I load up with wood, mulch or dirt, or camping gear, so far the LJ handles it great. I attribute any noticable improvement over the XJ to the low 1st, and disks in the rear.

Some dislike the 6 speed, but I don't mind mine at all. The AX-5 in my YJ was equally cranky if you did not treat it the way it liked to be .

Though I did not look for any options, this LJ has just about everyone offered, and it is nice to have dual tops, the sunrider, A/C, rear wiper and defog, temp and compass in the auto dim rearview, woofer and sirius built-in, and things like that when you daily drive the jeep.

Mine is still pretty stock right now, except the 2" BB, but I don't plan to go crazy with it. I like the way it rides, drives, and handles, don't want to change that. I am going to put some mild 31's on (still has crappy GSAs), replace the shocks with something alittle heavier duty, and put some air bags in the rear for towing.

Bottom line is I am really happy with my LJ, and personally it is my favorite Jeep made.
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Unread 11-01-2011, 08:34 AM   #8
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I'll put a nod in for the LJ too... the only thing the TJ has over it is the brakover angle so unless your doing tons of rock crawling and dropping off ledges that shouldn't be a huge issue, if it is you can improve it a little and just make sure the rear bumper is stout enough to take the hits. Lots of TJ guys out there are killing themselves to stretch their wheelbases out because its more stable in climbs, the LJ is already there and has extra room to boot! Either way they are great rigs but I prefer the LJ.
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Unread 11-01-2011, 08:52 AM   #10
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A little more info on your specific needs and intended uses would be valuable. As for me LJ is what I chose.
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Unread 11-01-2011, 09:08 AM   #11
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Do I need an unlimited long wheel base jeep? What are the advantages?
Thinking about trading up a few years and wonder if LJ is what I should look for?
Info.. help... comments...opions...lead on 2005-2006
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This question comes up allot. My answer is simply cargo capacity. I can drive a passenger around. With both our bikes in the back, all our mtb gear, food, water, clean cloths, and still have room for another bike.
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What is the length
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What is the length
Of what?
The wheelbase is +10".
The overall length is +12".
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Of what?
The wheelbase is +10".
The overall length is +12".
I did not check it out but I thought a LJ was 15" longer........than a TJ.
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Bumper to bumper is 12" different. 155" vs 167".
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