Jeep Wrangler Club

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is a YJ/TJ?
These are Jeep models initials for the Wrangler. They don't really stand for anything in particular (although you'll hear some people say that YJ stands for "yuppie Jeep" and TJ stands for "tough Jeep") and are derived from the original use of CJ which stood for "civilian Jeep". Jeep Wrangler owners will often refer to their Jeeps as YJs or TJs, especially since Jeep has chosen to call both the YJ (1987-1995 models) and TJ (1997-2005+ models) "Wrangler" (there was no 1996 Jeep Wrangler model). As was and still is the case with CJ and YJ owners, each usually feels that the other is somehow inferior so the distinction is pointed out using the model letters instead of the "Wrangler" model name.

Why the arguments between CJ, Wrangler YJ and Wrangler TJ owners?

True Jeep people would only argue in a friendly way. As the saying goes, "true 4x4s are built, not bought." The truth is, any CJ, or Wrangler YJ or Wrangler TJ that is modified for trail use is a very capable vehicle and the differences between these models give each their own advantages. The arguments about which is best seem to center around how Jeep has made this vehicle more comfortable and on-road performing and whether or not comfort equals durability and functionality compromises. You'll also notice attacks about round headlights versus square headlights (CJ and Wrangler TJ have round headlights while the Wrangler YJ has square headlights) and leaf-based versus coil-based suspension systems (CJ and Wrangler YJ have leaf-based and Wrangler TJ has coil-based).

It all seems to have started when Jeep released the first Wrangler, the 1987 YJ. While this vehicle looked similar to the CJ, it had an updated interior, and softer ride and the telltale square headlights, which many CJ owners quickly made synonymous with what they thought was a wimpy new Jeep. Gone was the Dana 44 rear end (in favor of the smaller, lighter duty Dana 35). Gone were the chrome round instrument gauges on the flat metal instrument panel (YJ introduced a plastic panel with higher-tech gauges) and gone was the carburated engine in favor of electronic fuel injection (on the 2.5 litre 4 cylinder only - the 4.2 litre six was computer-controlled carburated).

When the TJ was announced, CJ owners were happy to see the round headlights back again, as well as the optional Dana 44 rear end. But YJ owners were pessimistic over the introduction of airbags and a cushy interior. After all, the YJ (and CJ for that matter) could be hosed down on the inside.

What tires sizes will fit on my Wrangler with and without a lift?

Good question! The following table explains what fits. Note that Jeep Wrangler YJ and TJ are different. Also, tires sizes between manufacturers are not the same size. Some tires have a thicker lug and are thus a little taller than the indicated size and vice versa.

YJ Wrangler (87-95)

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Lift Size
 
No Lift
2.5 inches
3 inches
4 inches
More than 4"
<29
         
30
         
31
         
32
         
33
 
maybe
     
34
         
35
     
maybe
 
>35
         

TJ Wrangler (97-05)

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Lift Size
 
No Lift
2.5 inches
3 inches
4 inches
More than 4"
<29
         
30
         
31
         
32
         
33
         
34
         
35
         
>35
         

Don't forget that tire WIDTH also matters. The tires might fit under your rig but may rub when you turn. You might also need to modify the width of your fender flares if your tires extend past the ones you have on there now. Some states require that your tires be covered completely by fender wells or flares to prevent debris from flying.

How do I remove my doors and how do I disable the door lamp and/or buzzer?

To remove the doors on the Jeep Wrangler YJ or TJ, remove the nut at the bottom of the door hinge. Remove the swing-limiting door strap from inside and open the door. Pull the door straight up. Be prepared to use a metal lubricant if it doesn't come off right away since the older your Jeep Wrangler is the harder it may be to take off. To disable the light and/or buzzer, locate your fusebox near the emergency brake pedal and find the fuse labeled"Door Jam Defeat". Removing the fuse will turn off both. Important note: you may live in a state where you are required to have a driver's side rear view mirror at minimum, therefore you'll need to fabricate or purchase a mirror that mounts to the body or windshield hinge. We've seen the windshield hinge mount mirrors for sale at aftermarket stores. Visit the Online Stores section of Jeeps Only for a listing of online stores to check.

Note: Thanks to Jeremy Thompson for finding this info for us with help from 1997-2001 Wrangler (TJ) FAQ list by Todd Murray.

Is Jeep Wrangler Club really a club? How do I join?
Jeep Wrangler Club is a virtual club of Jeep Wrangler owners but we don't meet physically anywhere. We will, however, be adding forums and such so that we can all communicate and share information. We feel that since you own a Wrangler, you're already part of the "club." All Jeep Wrangler owners can join and those who would like to be owners can be our guests. We also plan Jeep Wrangler Club get-togethers in the U.S. but hey, it's a big country! You can join easily by clicking "sign up" in the upper right corner above.
Where can I find more information about Jeep Wranglers, in particular?
Check out www.jeepsonly.com. It's intended to be a Yahoo! style directory for information specifically for Jeep owners and/or enthusiasts. You're likely to find much Jeep Wrangler information there.

Check back with Jeep Wrangler Club often - we're adding much information.

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What's New

2-7-05
Notes on how to read computer codes using the "check engine light" method posted in the resources section.

11-3-04
New features and a site redesign is coming soon!

7-30-04
If you're reading this, the server move has been completed. Expect new stuff soon!

9-29-03
Added a link to our new onboard mist website.

9-8-03
Added a page of formulas and calculations in the resource section inside. These are useful for determining gear ratios, winch pull requirements and more.

7-11-03
FYI, I don't get to update the site as much as I had hoped but the forum is active, and the info inside is still good and timeless. Come on in!

4-19-03
More changes are coming and hopefully they are all good. This membership system I've been using isn't working as well as I'd hoped it would so I'm nixing it for now. So at least for now, you don't need to "signup" to become a member. It was always free anyway but hopefully this will make it easier. You still need to signup for the message board (like most sites) but it's all automated.

2-26-03
Special note added to the message board - please read. Also added a how-to article for installing a more modern full factory sport bar to older YJ's that have the old slanted design (87-92).

12-03-02
Added engine specifications info and service code index page to the resources section.

11-4-02
Posted the DC recall phone number in the resource section.

8-4-02
Added some specs and info on replacing the oxygen sensor.

7-14-02
The member message board goes live!

7-4-02
Added "Other Replacement Parts Specifications" to the Resource section.

6-20-02
Added an article about installing a handheld GPS in your Wrangler.

5-19-02
Added Geocaching link and some pics to the YJ fuel filter install report.

4-13-02
Added Wrangler Accident Results section and a What's New page inside.

Other News
For our first online project, we're taking a 1993 YJ Sahara Wrangler bone stock and transforming it into a rock-ready Jeep Wrangler that you can drive to work every day.


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Project updates and sponsors will be posted here. Like Jeeps Only! We'll be using only vendors listed in Jeeps Only which includes almost every Jeep Wrangler parts vendor we've ever heard of. More info soon!


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Members

You can now join Jeep Wrangler Club using our signup form. We hope to add an interface soon where you can upload pics of your Jeep, etc.

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Melissa Ortega
Jon Price
Kim Reynolds
Alex Holt
Robert Holt (Alex's Dad)
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Andy "Spike" Lester
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and over 2,000 others!


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