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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-13-2002, 08:11 AM
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Wranglers to stay away from?

Howdy folks,
I was just curious if there were any Wrangler production years ('91 and on) that should be avoided or if there were years that were better than others.
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Re: Wranglers to stay away from?

Not a Wrangler expert but, in 97 they changed to a different suspension and got rid of the square head lights. You might ask somebody about their likes and or dislikes with newer suspension.
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Re: Wranglers to stay away from?

Mine!!! [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]

Seriously, the 94-95 years are best to get for the bigger roll bar and external clutch slave cylinder, not much else different.
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Most people I know who had the 96 1/2 to 97 model had some problems with em. can't remember exactly, i just remember that they were always taking them to the jeep dealer and cursing when they get them back (being charged for warranty crap). Not sure what the prob's were though. [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]

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Re: Wranglers to stay away from?

Don't forget that the '95's had 297 ujoints up front!! I hate you for having your external slave cylinder!!! I had to pull my tranny to change mine!!!
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Does that mean the '95's with the 297 u-joints were good or bad?
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Does that mean the '95's with the 297 u-joints were good or bad?

That would be a good thing.
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Re: Wranglers to stay away from?

The '92 and up had the rear section of roll cage that encompassed the compartment better. This year was also the year (I believe) the NP231 transfer case was modified so it could be flat towed. Prior years were such that when you locked the lever into neutral, the front and rear driveshafts locked together. In the '92 and up models, the "neutral" meant the rear spun independently of the front.

The '95 and up YJ's had the 297 U-joint, which is a 1/2 ton joint. Prior to this the YJ's used the 260, which is a 1/4 ton joint.

In '97 (technically there was no '96 Wrangler), 80% of the Wrangler was changed, from the engine (pistons and other internal components), to the new coil suspension, to the thicker skid plates. The TJ ('97 and up) was also the first year of the airbag additions.

I have also heard of some minor problems with the '97 TJ, but mainly they were leaking issues with a hard top, the fuel sending unit, and the header cracking. The '97 also uses the OBD-II (On Board Diagnostics), and is the only year you can check the computer codes with the key switch. In '98 they added the airbag shutoff switch, but you cannot check the codes without a scanner.

The YJ's also went to glavanized bodies in '92 I think, or maybe it was '93. I'm not up on a lot of YJ stuff.
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