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Old 08-11-2014, 10:16 PM   #1
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TJ vs JK

If you've owned several vehicles in your life there always ends up being "the one that got away". You know what I'm talking about, the one that you wish you wouldn't have sold, the one that you are constantly kicking yourself in the rear for selling. For me, that vehicle was a 2004 Jeep TJ. Ever since selling that Jeep I have been asking myself why I did it. Ten years later and I finally built a Jeep to replace that TJ. Its a nice Jeep, but I'm not sure its as nice as the TJ was. So I'm asking which is best, the TJ or the JK? Take a look at them and give me an answer. I know which one drives the best on road, and which one works the best off road (pretty even there). You don't know which one works best at what, but I want to know what someone just seeing both Jeeps, without driving them, would think.

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2004 TJ Sport
Currie axles, Detroit lockers, 4.56 gears.
5" lift, 37" tires
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2014 JK Sport
Dynatrac axles, Eaton electric lockers, 4.56 gears
3" lift, 35" tires
Warn winch.





I'll tell you right now the TJ had far more character. I think its still the one that got away.

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Old 08-12-2014, 12:45 AM   #2
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For me its the TJ hands down...

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Old 08-12-2014, 05:43 PM   #3
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I had two TJ and often drove another two in the family and drove them frequently off road. If I lived at front door of the great American wilderness, open land of course, and it was not my DD then it's an even match. However, both of those premises are a fantasy for me and for many others, so hands down the JK would be my choice.

The only Jeep that I miss, didn't get away, I was stupid and solid it as part of what I will call "my youth learning process". It was a fully functional Willy's MB.
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Old 08-12-2014, 05:58 PM   #4
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I will give the edge picture wise to the TJ.. they just look good. The Jk is fine too.. but there is just something about the TJ.
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Old 08-18-2014, 12:53 PM   #5
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I like the look of the TJ more than any other Jeep. And they are pretty easy to work on. I will probably end up only owning TJ's. I love my 2004 Sport.
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Old 08-19-2014, 04:47 AM   #6
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TJ. The JK is fine, and I did consider getting a 4 door for the wife (she ended up liking the Subaru Crosstrek more for various reasons), but I'd never replace my TJ with a JK. It's easier to work on, smaller, more spartan and looks like I think a jeep should look. This one won't be getting away.
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Old 08-19-2014, 05:41 AM   #7
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Both awesome jeeps. Hard choice
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Old 08-19-2014, 10:07 PM   #8
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I personally prefer the TJ for looks and character, but when it came time to find a Jeep, all the TJ's I could find were beat to hell or overly expensive. I ended up going with the JK because it felt more powerful and was easier to drive. I did however almost buy an 83 CJ7 and keep my 00 Durango as my DD.
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If you've owned several vehicles in your life there always ends up being "the one that got away". You know what I'm talking about, the one that you wish you wouldn't have sold, the one that you are constantly kicking yourself in the rear for selling. For me, that vehicle was a 2004 Jeep TJ. Ever since selling that Jeep I have been asking myself why I did it. Ten years later and I finally built a Jeep to replace that TJ. Its a nice Jeep, but I'm not sure its as nice as the TJ was. So I'm asking which is best, the TJ or the JK? Take a look at them and give me an answer. I know which one drives the best on road, and which one works the best off road (pretty even there). You don't know which one works best at what, but I want to know what someone just seeing both Jeeps, without driving them, would think.

Here you go.

2004 TJ Sport
Currie axles, Detroit lockers, 4.56 gears.
5" lift, 37" tires
Warn winch

vs

2014 JK Sport
Dynatrac axles, Eaton electric lockers, 4.56 gears
3" lift, 35" tires
Warn winch.





I'll tell you right now the TJ had far more character. I think its still the one that got away.
If it would make you feel better I will trade you my 2002 TJ for your JK
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Old 08-22-2014, 03:34 PM   #10
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I've only driven a YJ and JK but I'd choose the TJ. I've always loved the way they look
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Old 08-23-2014, 08:00 PM   #11
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Just did a photo shoot with the JK today, and did some challenging rock crawling for the editor. Both the TJ and the JK have a hard time keeping the front end on the ground in the near vertical stuff. But the JK feels better on side hills, and it sure gets down the highway more comfortably. The jury is still out for me. No doubt the TJ had more character, but I'm starting to warm up to the JK.
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A couple of pictures the editor took yesterday. He kept the more interesting ones for the story, but these are pretty good. I can't believe how clear the pictures are.



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Old 08-24-2014, 01:37 PM   #13
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I like the look of your TJ over your JK. As much as I liked my TJ my JKU just did almost everything better.
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Old 08-24-2014, 03:58 PM   #14
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Both are very nice looking Jeeps. Nostalgia being what it is always makes the long departed seem so much better. The problem is folks forget how noisy a TJ can be plus that 2004 TJ is now 10-11 years old and will require more maintenance/repairs just to keep it road worthy. I always smile when I read that TJ's are so easy to work on because these had all sorts of electronics (and some electrical issues) that the predecessors did not have. The electronics took away the hassles of setting points, frequent spark plug changes, and carburetor problems thereby eliminating the need to do much maintenance work on the TJ. The basic mechanical drivetrain and suspension components on a JK are very similar to the TJ and just as easy to modify.
For the record, every once in a while I think I should have kept my 2003 TJ and modded the heck out of it but fixing vehicles is not my idea of a good time. The newer JK's in my garage are fun to drive and good to go whenever I wish (no need to work on them yet to keep them running, just minor modifications for personality). So, did one get away...not really. Replacements just keep sneaking their way into the garage.
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They are both VERY nice looking Jeeps! For me, cost would be the deciding factor. My guess is that the JK is almost twice as much $$$ overall than the TJ... at least 1.5x.
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Old 08-28-2014, 07:44 PM   #16
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I like the TJ.

The JK probably has more technology... Anti Skid Brakes, GPS, AntiTheft, Power EVERYTHING, Blue Tooth, HandsFree etc, ........

But to me that all spells shit to break on the trail.... and maybe shut down the computer. I'd take the low tech TJ everyday.
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Old 08-30-2014, 09:30 AM   #17
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They are both VERY nice looking Jeeps! For me, cost would be the deciding factor. My guess is that the JK is almost twice as much $$$ overall than the TJ... at least 1.5x.
Very good estimate. I had $35K into the TJ, and sold it for $26K a few years ago. There is $54K in the JK, and I don't think I'm letting this one get away.
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I like the TJ.

The JK probably has more technology... Anti Skid Brakes, GPS, AntiTheft, Power EVERYTHING, Blue Tooth, HandsFree etc, ........

But to me that all spells shit to break on the trail.... and maybe shut down the computer. I'd take the low tech TJ everyday.
I agree. If I could remove all of the government mandated electronic nannys on the JK I would. I must say the power windows are nice though.

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