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post #1 of 13 Old 06-28-2020, 08:19 AM Thread Starter
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I got the Jeep bug. Looking for a LJ.

I’ve never owned a Jeep and haven’t spent much time at all in one. I more or less have my heart set on a LJ. This all started when I was selling my Harley, I mentioned in my ad that I would trade for a side by side. I had a guy reply with an offer to trade his CJ5 renegade. I started thinking about it and I knew my kids would love riding with the top off and it could act as my side by side. Long story short the guy didn’t have the title so I didn’t do the trade but now I really want a Jeep.

I have a vision in my head of buying a couple jet skis and using the Jeep to pull them down to the lake. Launch them off a beach. I like the LJ because I believe it has a higher towing capacity, it’s modern enough (fuel injected, A/C) but still seems simple enough.

Here’s my questions...
-Is there a better model for my goals?
-Can I fit car seats/booster seats in the back of the LJ?
-I’m in Dallas area, there are several LJ’s for sale around here what should I look for when inspecting?
-Any other input welcomed.

TIA!

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post #2 of 13 Old 06-30-2020, 06:33 PM
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When you say LJ, we assume you mean a LJ/TJ, or also called a TJ Unlimited, only available 2004-2006. You are correct in a LJ having more room, better for towing, 4.0, D44 rear with limited slip 3.73 gears. All a good thing.

I'm in Denton county just north of you. When I bought my TJ years ago, I went and looked at and test drive as many as I could all over the metroplex, even ones I knew I didn't want. This is the best way to educate yourself. One of the biggest problems is RUST. Luckily here, it's not as bad as up north or around the coast.

It can be a daunting task, I had specifics I wanted and didn't want. I looked for 4 months and ended up going 6 states and 1100 miles to get my TJ.

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post #3 of 13 Old 06-30-2020, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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By LJ I mean 04-06 wrangler unlimited. I’ve never owned a Jeep but I’ve turned plenty of wrenches on hotrods and 4x4’s.

I’m looking forward to the Jeep life.
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post #4 of 13 Old 07-01-2020, 10:36 AM
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Yep, a TJ Unlimited, or also referred as a LJ. Like I said above, go educate yourself. Do some research, I believe the 05-06 had more PCM (computer) problems, especially with auto trans, and other issues too like opda, oil pump drive assembly problems.

I've had my '02 TJ for almost 13 years now. My primary vehicle is a F150. My TJ came with full doors and a full soft top. I soon learned living here in Texas, I enjoyed the, almost, year round open air driving. I got a pair of half doors and a bikini top. Been this way for the last 10 years. The full doors and soft top haven't been on since. I also got a manual trans vs the auto for the added experience, but that's just me.
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post #5 of 13 Old 07-01-2020, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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Very nice! I would definitely prefer a manual over an auto. It does look like the manuals are harder to come by though.
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post #6 of 13 Old 07-02-2020, 05:02 PM
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If you're set on an LJ then yes, a manual transmission will be harder to come by. The LJ was only made with the auto for the '04 model, while during the '05 and '06 model production there were roughly three automatics made for every two manuals. When considering total LJ production, there were roughly 7 automatics made for every 3 manuals. The TJ tends to follow the opposite of this trend with the manual being more prevalent.

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post #7 of 13 Old 07-03-2020, 02:39 AM Thread Starter
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Is there another model that you guys would recommend? Maybe a 4 door?
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post #8 of 13 Old 07-03-2020, 06:23 AM
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If you're willing to "move up" in model, next generation Wrangler, 2007-2018, sure you can go with a JK unlimited, which is a 4 door. Many here believe the 2012 and later models are better due to the v6 engine being better.

07-11s have a 3.8v6. 12-18s have a 3.6v6.

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post #9 of 13 Old 07-22-2020, 11:00 AM
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JV, did you find your LJ?? Anyupdates, I'm back in the hunt for an LJ after selling my YJ about 7 years ago. I found a rebuilt title LJ Rubi near me that I may pull the trigger on. I'm looking for the same reasons, two kids, need more space, mild wheeling, etc.


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post #10 of 13 Old 07-22-2020, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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No updates on my end. I keep looking but haven’t found “the one”.
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post #11 of 13 Old 07-23-2020, 08:25 AM
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post #12 of 13 Old 07-23-2020, 10:13 AM
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JV, earlier you mentioned car seats, are any of them rear facing? My second Jeep was a '14 JK unlimited with 4 doors. I learned the hard way most rear facing car seats take up a lot of room and make driving uncomfortable. Eventually traded it in. Now that my grand kids are in front facing car seats, I recently purchased a 2010 JK and they love riding around with the top off. When you take a Jeep out for a test drive, ask them if you can put the car seats in the vehicle to see how it would affect you driving.
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post #13 of 13 Old 07-23-2020, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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My youngest is still rear facing. Me and my boys aren’t little people so if he’s like his brother he’ll be turned around in 6 months or so. I completely understand what you’re saying, the rear facing car seat cramps me in my wife’s Tahoe so I’m sure it’s rough in a Jeep.
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