Jeep Spotters Guide

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Wrangler JL Spy Photo

Wrangler JL (2018-) FCA. The replacement to the JK coming in late 2017.  The all new Wrangler was speculated on for months before it’s official release with talks of a non-removable top and diesel engines. Finally in November 2017 the JL was officially released and Jeep did a great job in almost every aspect of the new model.

Wheelbase: 96.8 (2 dr), 118.4 (4dr)
Engines: 3.6L Pentastar V6 (285HP), 2.0L Turbo i4 (270HP), 3.0L TRD Diesel (260HP/442 torque!)
Tops: Hard top, soft top, power top
2018 Models: Sport, Sahara, Rubicon

Notable features: The JL model uses a grille with headlights only, turn signals and marker lights are moved to the fender. There is a distinct body line above the door handles under the side glass. The windshield has been separated from the under structure. Allowing folding down/removal of the windshield easily. For the first time 33″ tires are factory offered. More detail: Presenting the 2018 Wrangler JL

Wrangler JK and JK Unlimited (2007-2018) Chrysler/FCA.  All new version of the Wrangler. Based on the TJ. Longer and Wider.95.4 wheelbase (2 dr) 116″ wheelbase (4 dr), The 4 door is 20.6″ longer than the 2006 Wrangler. Round Headlights, No metal fenders, turn signals in the grill under the headlights. Optional Rubicon model featuring Dana 44 axles with electric lockers and 4:1 transfer case. Modular Hardtop. Electronic sway bar disconnect (Rubicon).  3 standard models, X(2007-2009) Sport(2010-2018), Sahara, Rubicon.

2010Mountain and Islander models were introduced. X renamed to Sport.
2011 – The Wrangler Unlimited received a new interior and color matched hard top option on Sahara models. Mojave model introduced.  Black Ops edition.  Hard top windows enlarged.
2012 – 285HP 3.6L Pentastar V6 replaces the Chrysler 3.8L along with new 5 speed automatic. Color matched hard top now available in Sahara and Rubicon.  Special Models: Call of Duty
2013 – 10th Anniversary Rubicon
2014 – Rubicon X, Polar, Willys
2015 – Rubicon Hard Rock, Freedom, Attitude, X
2016 – Rubicon Hard Rock, Willys, Black Bear
2017/2018 – Rubicon Hard Rock, Rubicon Recon, Chief

Engines – 205HP 3.8L V6 (2007-2011), 285HP 3.6L V6 (2012-2018)
Transmissions – 6sp manual, 4 sp Auto (2007-2011), 5sp Auto (2012-2018)
Transfer case – NP231, 4:1 Rock Trak (Rubicon)
Front axle – Dana30, Dana44 (Rubicon), Rear axle – Dana44

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Renegade (2015-) FCA.  A refitted Fiat Panda turned Jeep.  This small crossover fits into the category of small crossover/suv vehicles.  Featuring a Fiat 2.4L 188HP Tigershark I4 engine.  Two style transfer case options are available and multiple automatic transmissions.

Liberty (2008-2012) Chrysler. Complete redesign of the previous Liberty KJ. Based on the Dodge Nitro platform. Larger than the KJ. Special features include Sky Slider full-open canvas roof.

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Engine – 3.7-liter SOHC V-6
Transmission – Six-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic transmission
Transfer case – All-new Selec-Trac II, full-time four-wheel-drive system and Command-Trac, a part-time four-wheel-drive system

Patriot (2007-2017) Chrysler.

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Engine – 172HP 2.4L World Engine
Transmission – 5 Speed manual or CVT2 transaxle
Transfer case – Freedom I and Freedom II fulltime 4WD with lock mode
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Compass (2007-) Chrysler. Jeeps first model into the crossover SUV market. Not a Jeep in the traditional sense but a fun economical vehicle for first time Jeep buyers.

2011 – Complete redesign of the front end to resemble the Grand Cherokee

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Engine – 172HP 2.4L World Engine
Transmission – 5 Speed manual or CVT2 transaxle
Transfer case – Freedom I fulltime 4WD with lock mode

Commander (2006-2009) Chrysler. A larger scale SUV featuring 7 passenger seating. Kind of a modern Grand Wagoneer.

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Engine – 210-horsepower, 3.7-liter V6, 235-horse, 4.7-liter V8, 330-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V8
Transmission – 5 speed automatic transmission
Transfer case – Quadra-Trac II and Quadra-Drive II

Wrangler TJ Unlimited (2004-2006) Chrysler. Stretched version of the TJ. 10″ longer wheelbase, 15″ longer body. Round Headlights, turn signal lights on the front fenders, wheelbase 104″, coil spring suspension. No locking hubs and no front axle disconnect. Front airbags. Optional Rubicon model featuring Dana 44 axles with lockers and 4:1 transfer case. Factory hard top option. Rear seat is wider. Special models offered; Rubicon.

Engines – 4.0L 6 cyl
Transmissions – 6sp manual, 4 sp Auto.
Transfer case – NP231, 4:1 Rock Trak (Rubicon)
Front axle – Dana30, Dana44 (Rubicon), Rear axle – Dana44.

Wrangler Unlimited TJ Products

Liberty KJ (2002-2007) Chrysler. SUV replacing the Cherokee Classic. Independent from suspension. Small, Fun light trail vehicle. 4 doors and swinging tailgate. 2WD model available. Several front end cosmetic variations over the model years. Special models offered; Sport, Limited, and Renegade.

NOTE: The 2008 Liberty will be a complete redesign based on the Dodge Nitro.

Engines – 4 cyl, 3.7L V6, 2.8L CRD Diesel
Transmissions – 5 and 6 sp manual, 5 and 6 sp auto.
Transfer case – Command Trac and Select Trac
Front axle – Dana30 (IFS), Rear axle – Dana35C.

Liberty KJ Products

Wrangler TJ (97-2006) Chrysler. Round Headlights, turn signal lights on the front fenders, wheelbase 94″, coil spring suspension adopted from the Grand Cherokee. No locking hubs and no front axle disconnect. Front airbags. Optional Rubicon model featuring Dana 44 axles with lockers and 4:1 transfer case. Factory hard top option. Rear seat is wider. Special models offered; X, Sport, Sahara, and Rubicon.
99 TJ
Engines – 4cyl(2.5L), 6cyl(4.0L).
Transmissions – 5sp(AX-5, AX15, NV3550), Auto (904, 999).
Transfer case – NP231, 4:1 Rock Trak (Rubicon)
Front axle – Dana30, Dana44 (Rubicon), Rear axle – Dana35C, Dana44 (option on Sahara and Sport) (Rubicon)(Rocky Mountian Edition X model).

Wrangler TJ Products
Skyjacker 2″ Spacer Lift and Shocks on a Wrangler TJ

Grand Cherokee ZJ, WJ, WK, WK2 (91-) Chrysler. Luxury SUV. Many body, engine, and suspension changes over the model years. 8 cyl engines included the HEMI. Special models offered Sport, Laredo, Limited.

Wrangler YJ (86-95) American Motors/Chrysler. Square Headlights, wheelbase 94″, squared front fenders. Wider frame than CJ. Roll bar extends to windshield, in 1992 the rear part of the roll bar is a squared shape to accommodate rear shoulder seat belts. 86 to 93 models have disconnecting front axle. Some 95′ models use small rubber nubs instead of hoops on the hood as a rest for the windshield when folded down. Spare tire attached to tail-gate. Tail-gate swings out. Car-like dashboard. Similar body to CJ-7 which is interchangeable with slight modification. Special models offered Laredo, Sahara, Islander, and Renegade.
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Engines – 4cyl(2.5L), 6cyl(4.0L, 4.2L).
Transmissions – 5sp(AX-5, BA10/5), Auto (904, 999).
Transfer case – NP 207, NP231.
Front axle – Dana30, Rear axle – Dana35C.

Continue to Part 2 – 41-86 CJ Series & Cherokee XJ