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Old 02-26-2007, 09:32 PM   #1
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Buying TJ or JK - need opinion

Hi... I'm a total newb on Jeep. I've never own one, but seriously thinking about it. Coming from sports car land, things are quite different here

Anyways, i need some opinion from you all... do you think it's better to get 05 or 06 TJ (maybe sport edition) or spend the extra money and get the new 07 JK (looking at sahara) - which is pretty pricey right now?

Snow and Sports car doesn't really go together....that's the main reason i'm considering Wrangler..another reason being cool looking

Any opinion would be greatly appreciated. THanks

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Old 02-26-2007, 09:42 PM   #2
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Test drive as many as you can and pick the one you like the best. Lots of aftermarket stuff out there for the JK, lots more for the TJ. I drove a stock JK Rubicon last weekend and was pretty impressed. I have a TJ Unlimited that I really like. Yes, things are different in the Jeep world, you'll learn to have fun going slow. It's not about how fast you can get there, it's about where you can get to. Good luck in your search.

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Old 02-26-2007, 09:46 PM   #3
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It's all about what appeals to you. If it were me, I'd go probably go TJ. I've been checkin' both out for awhile and I think I prefer the TJ... for now....
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Old 02-26-2007, 09:51 PM   #4
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THanks for the quick replies guys...

any reason why you pick TJ over JK....besides the fact that JK is a lot more money...

I've been thinking.... maybe i should get TJ, and use the cost difference for aftermarket parts... suspension, wheels.. etc..

Also, another question...coming from sports car...we usually want HUGE wheels... I know that TJ sports ed comes with 15", and the new sahara comes with 17"....

what's the most common wheel size for jeep....keep in mind that i probably get a bigger tire... which lead me to the next question, .. what's the biggest tire size you can get without lifting kit?

tks again
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Old 02-26-2007, 10:07 PM   #5
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FOr your wheel question, the most common TJ wheel is a 15" or 16"... although you'd find tires cheaper for the 15" wheels than the 16's... but its more of a preferance thing. As for tire size without a lift, I think 31" is the tallest on a TJ, 32" with some fender trimming.
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Old 02-26-2007, 10:11 PM   #6
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I just haven't decided about the JK, to answer your question. No doubt it is probably the best out of the box jeep ever made.

I really prefer my YJ though. I wouldn't trade it even swap for a Rubicon JK.
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Old 02-26-2007, 10:48 PM   #7
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If I was to buy a jeep all over again I would go for a Rubicon model right off the lot. Whichever year I could attain that is what I would go with. With the lockers and better axles, bigger tires they are a very capable vehicle for the money. Right now you can get used 04, 05 or 06 Rubicons for a pretty decent price.

That said I've also been around a JK Rubicon a lot recently and it is also growing on me as an even more capable vehicle than the TJ.
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Old 02-27-2007, 05:48 AM   #8
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I was in the same boat last August wanted a Wrangler but couldn't decide on the 06 or wait in Oct for the 07 JK.

The JK 2007...new model,made in a new plant=it's not good to get the first year of a new model.Went through that when I had got my brand new Bronco II many years ago.That truck stayed at the FORD (Fix Or Repair Daily) service shop almost monthly.

Went with the TJ,they was able to find my first choice color,serious discounts,rugged looking.Only thing is this has to be the bumpiest ride I've ever been in...but it's a jeep

The JK smoother ride than the TJ,comes with four doors or two,power windows,door lock,freedom top (tendency to leak in the 07 model),engine(not enough power),slanted grill( too slanted),fenders....why do they have stick out so much?

Cheaper than the TJ,there is a lot more plastic in the JK


I test drove the JK last month,for now I'm glad I got the TJ.

Maybe down the road I will get a JK (Rubicon) but I'm kinda liking the Toyota's FJ also.............................................. ............................I know shame on me
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Old 02-27-2007, 02:08 PM   #9
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Yeah.. i was looking at rubicon, but i'm not planning to use my jeep for off-road trip a lot.... maybe once in a blue moon...

So i don't really need those dana 44 stuff. If I understand correctly, the 04-05 rubicon and sport edition is pretty much the same thing, besides the axle and bigger wheel and tire.

I'm thinking of getting the sport, and put a bigger tire. I guess i have to start looking around.... trying to keep it between 05-06...maybe 04 if it's really well taken care of

Of course, if i can get a good deal on rubicon, I won't say no ...
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.... but i'm not planning to use my jeep for off-road trip a lot.... maybe once in a blue moon...
You say that now, I think we all did at one time or another.

But one day you'll go down a dirt road to somewhere and say " that was fun". Then you'll find yourself driving down one of those "moderate" Jeep trails and you'll say “Wow, I didn't know my Jeep could do that". Then you'll find yourself stuck in a rock garden and you'll say "If I had lockers/bigger tires/winch/etc... I wouldn't have gotten stuck".

Before you know it, you'll find yourself with piles of catalogs and Jeep magazines. You'll have lists of things that you want to do to your Jeep. And there will always be that road somewhere that you want to conquer, but your Jeep just isn't built enough for it. By that time it's too late, you've caught the Jeep thing and it burns when you pee......
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Old 02-27-2007, 05:21 PM   #11
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drive them both and buy the best one you can afford. I prefer the TJ still, but in a couple of years, (when people start trading them off) you might be able to score a JK at a good price as well.

I bought my '04 very reasonable and added all of the goodies I wanted for WAY less then I can buy a new JK.
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If you don't have a clear preference, buy the TJ.

I like your idea of getting the cheaper TJ and then using the extra cash for mods. That's a good way to do it. Try to find an 06 left over. We have a couple on our lot, so I'm sure you could find one. Heck if not, I'll ship you one!

Wheel size is your preference. 15's are gonna be the cheapest when it comes time to do tires. The only real advantage to running a larger wheel size is you can add larger brakes. But the stock wrangler brakes are pretty decent so...

Just keep in mind, whatever Jeep you wind up getting, you WILL be going offroad in it. No matter what you THINK you will do. It just happens one day... then it happens again... next thing u know you have 33"s on her and you love mud pits and despise hummers.
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Old 02-27-2007, 08:38 PM   #13
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yeah... i guess you're right...once i get my jeep, i'll end up on some trail somewhere ...

I'll start looking around. Is there a big difference in the TJ between 04, 05, and 06?

Also, i've been browsing through the forum, and it seems like tire sizing is a bit different in a jeep world. I'm used to 245/40/18 tire sizing format, but now....there is 31", 32".... how do you know the width, etc...

Thanks again for all of the opinion...for now...i lean toward getting a TJ (05 or 06) sport edition, with 16" wheel...then get a bigger and wider tire or something... we'll see
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245/40/18 is a metric size, the 31" is standard... and the width will also be standard... 32" x 12.5" x 16", something like that.

There really is no difference between a '03-'06 TJ... they all had the 4-speed auto and 5/6-speed manuals, depending on what motor, trim level.

Might I ask what your running the 245/40's on? Kinda beefy for a little import.
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I was just throwing an example...it's actually 235/40/18. I do have import, but not a little one ...

It's an Acura CL-S...the same size as Nissan Z, M3, etc

Tks for the clarification on the size. learning more and more about jeep
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Old 02-27-2007, 09:40 PM   #16
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i have one more question...

What's the basic difference between X and SE ??
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Old 02-27-2007, 10:12 PM   #17
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Se is a 4cyl and X is a 6cyl... plus you get a few other things in the X, like a sound bar and other creature comforts that just make it a bit more appealing... I'd go for a Sport or an X model.

CL-S, very cool... and yeah, its not that small
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Tks...i meant sport, not SE ..

So i guess sport and X is pretty close, i assume the X comes with smaller tire / wheel package right?
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Old 02-27-2007, 10:45 PM   #19
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I'm not too sure on the specifics, but I think JeepTales can tell ya just about everything needed to know... but this site has a bit of info on the year changes.

http://www.geocities.com/jeepboy49028/changes.html
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Old 02-28-2007, 01:36 PM   #20
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awesome...thanks

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