Decoding 1987 to 1995 Jeep Wrangler YJ VIN Numbers

The Jeep Wrangler YJ was Jeep’s next generation Jeep replacing the aged CJ series. Jeep Wrangler YJ VIN numbers can be found on the inside of the windshield on the drivers side.

1987-1988 YJ Chart

Position Interpretation Code=Description
1 Country of Origin 1 = United States
2 Make J = Jeep
3 Vehicle Type C = MPV
D = Incomplete Vehicle
4 Engine Type C = 4.2L (258 Cu. In.) 6-Cylinder
H = 2.5L (150 Cu. In.) 4-Cylinder TBI (Gasoline)
U = 2.5L (150 Cu. In.) 4-Cylinder 1 Bbl. (Gasoline)
5 Transmission/ (Transfer Case) L = 5=Speed Manual Floor Shift (Part Time 4WD)
X = 4-Speed Manual Floor Shift (Part Time 4WD)
B = Auto Floor Shift (Part Time 4WD)
E = Auto Column Shift (Part Time 4WD)
J = Auto Column Shift (Full Time 4WD)
A = Auto Column Shift (2WD)
6 – 7 Body Style 81 = Wrangler
8 Weight Rating J or M = 3001 – 4000 lbs
1 or 2 = 4001 – 5000 lbs
9 Check Digit Manufacturer Assigned
10 Model Year H = 1987
J = 1988
11 Assembly Plant J = Brampton, Ontario, Canada
L = Toledo, Ohio Plant No. 1
P = Toledo, Ohio Plant No. 2
T = Toledo, Ohio
12-17 Sequential Serial Number Production Sequence – Six Digit Number

1989 – 1995 YJ Chart

Position Interpretation Code=Description
1 Country of Origin 1 = United States
2 Make J = Jeep
3 Vehicle Type 3 = MPV
6 = Incomplete Vehicle
7 = Truck
4 GVWR E = 3001-4000
F = 4001-5000
G = 5001-6000
H = 6001-7000
5 Model Line Y = Wrangler
6 Trim Level 1 = “S”
2 = Base
4 = Sahara
5 = Laredo
6 = Renegade
7 Body Style 9 = 2 door open body
8 Engine E = 2.5L
L = 4.0L
M = 4.2L (89)
S = 4.0L (91-95)
T = 4.2L (90)
9 Check Digit Manufacturer Assigned
10 Model Year K = 1989
L = 1990
M = 1991
N = 1992
P = 1993
R = 1994
S = 1995
11 Assembly Plant J = Brampton, Ontario, Canada
L = Toledo, Ohio Plant No. 1
P = Toledo, Ohio Plant No. 2
T = Toledo, Ohio
12-17 Sequential Serial Number Production Sequence – Six Digit Number

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