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Old 06-16-2013, 07:34 PM   #31
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Maybe I missed it while skimming, but I would send an email to Chrysler requesting a build sheet on the VIN, not "decode" it with some potentially hokey information. The actual build sheet will dispel all rumors and/or doubts. They took a day or so to email me mine.

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Old 06-16-2013, 07:38 PM   #32
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The TJ Sahara has upgraded two-tone seats, usually tan & green. A good sharp well-lit (use a flash) photo of your seats will almost assuredly allow us to tell you if it's a Sahara or not.

Not from 03-06, they were tan. The Geen/tan was from 97-02

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Old 06-16-2013, 11:40 PM   #33
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Not from 03-06, they were tan. The Geen/tan was from 97-02
Correct. They also moved to away from the strap to a plastic lever for the tilt and slide.

In the case of South African models either tan fabric or charcoal leather.
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the standard and optional content of the TJ Sahara changed from 1997 to the 2004 model year (last TJ Sahara was 2004), as did the seat fabric color. there's too many permutations of standard/optional Sahara equipment over the years to list here but as was suggested only a VIN decoding will tell the o.p. GCAN what model TJ he has...but if that 6th digit is not a 5, and it is a 2004 TJ, then it is not a Sahara model.

sounds like someone slapped a Sahara sticker on an X. doesn't surprise me after seeing all the X's and Sports with Rubicon hood decals on them.
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:43 AM   #35
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the standard and optional content of the TJ Sahara changed from 1997 to the 2004 model year (last TJ Sahara was 2004), as did the seat fabric color. there's too many permutations of standard/optional Sahara equipment over the years to list here but as was suggested only a VIN decoding will tell the o.p. GCAN what model TJ he has...but if that 6th digit is not a 5, and it is a 2004 TJ, then it is not a Sahara model.

sounds like someone slapped a Sahara sticker on an X. doesn't surprise me after seeing all the X's and Sports with Rubicon hood decals on them.
I remember when I saw a 99 tj sport with rubicon stickers on the hood with the sport stickers still on the side. I laughed my ass off
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Old 06-17-2013, 06:48 AM   #36
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what website or e-mail address do I use to request a build sheet? did a search and seems to be a lot of "small fee" sites
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Old 06-17-2013, 07:01 AM   #37
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Old 06-17-2013, 07:02 AM   #38
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Right on Jeeps website:

https://www.moparownerconnect.com/oc...nersLogin.aspx

You can have your build sheet in about 10 minutes. You are welcome.
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Old 06-17-2013, 07:20 AM   #39
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the standard and optional content of the TJ Sahara changed from 1997 to the 2004 model year (last TJ Sahara was 2004), as did the seat fabric color. there's too many permutations of standard/optional Sahara equipment over the years to list here but as was suggested only a VIN decoding will tell the o.p. GCAN what model TJ he has...but if that 6th digit is not a 5, and it is a 2004 TJ, then it is not a Sahara model.

sounds like someone slapped a Sahara sticker on an X. doesn't surprise me after seeing all the X's and Sports with Rubicon hood decals on them.
Over here there are Sahara models upto 2006. 2004 models here have twe two tone tan/ black interior with black centre bezel and the 2005/6 models gave the gray interior with silver centre bezel.
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:27 AM   #40
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Don't forget about the limited edition TJ they made after the movie "Sahara". It's a 2005.
My club's President owns one.

Rubicon Unlimited Sahara - 2005 only
* 1,000 made
* Chrome grill
* Tail light guards
* Interior badge with serial number
* Spare tire cover and floor mats

So an X cannot be a Sahara, but a Sahara can be a Rubicon, but only in a 2005 Unlimited. Lol!

Best to just contact Jeep with your vin # to find out how your Jeep was equipt from the factory.
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:50 AM   #41
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I use this to verify Jeep options. Fill it out and ask for your option codes/build sheet.
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BTW The Sahara had a lot more permutations then most people realize, I owned a 97 Sahara bought it new genuine Sahara. Green, Tan soft top tan interior, 4.0, Auto, 44 without locker in the rear 30 in the front, 4.10 gears, AC, Cruise and tilt wheel.
Rolled it over a exit ramp guardrail in the rain on 295 in Jacksonville Florida....totaled with 24k miles on it and a half empty payment book in the glovebox
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:08 AM   #42
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Take some pictures of this jeep mate. Or else check the build sheet.
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I drive a 2000 sport and I was wondering how I would know if I have a Dana 44 the previous owner put a chrome different cover on is there some kind of stamp or badge on the axle
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The TJ Sahara has upgraded two-tone seats, usually tan & green. A good sharp well-lit (use a flash) photo of your seats will almost assuredly allow us to tell you if it's a Sahara or not.
They went away from the 2 tone seats in 03. The 04 of ours you've seen many times is a Sahara and the interior including the seats is Khaki which is nowhere near the same color as the Tan on the Tan and Green seats that were in our 99 Sahara.
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I drive a 2000 sport and I was wondering how I would know if I have a Dana 44 the previous owner put a chrome different cover on is there some kind of stamp or badge on the axle
If your TJ has an aftermarket diff cover the standard rubber plug D35/metal fill plug D44 identifier will not work.

You will have to go by the shape of the diff. Oval-ish D35. Stop sign-ish D44.

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Old 06-17-2013, 04:43 PM   #46
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now I know, got the build sheet...it's an X that now has color matching fender flairs and Sahara decals??
Thanks for all the input
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Old 06-18-2013, 02:56 AM   #47
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not too unusual to see someone try to make their TJ into a higher model. lots of phony Rubicons out there. scrape off those phony decals, get the right ones for your X and enjoy. before you do that post up a pix I am curious to see how well they faked the Sahara.
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:14 AM   #48
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Yes there a ton of rubicon fakes had a guy join are club and took him out with us to find out on the side of a nasty rutted hill it was just stickers he said
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Old 06-25-2013, 09:02 PM   #49
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My VIN# says it is a Sahara, but it has Sport Decals. And I have full steel doors and power windows...kind of confused, thinking I should change the decals.
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My VIN# says it is a Sahara, but it has Sport Decals. And I have full steel doors and power windows...kind of confused, thinking I should change the decals.
The VIN is always right, not sure why someone would sticker down a model...
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Old 06-25-2013, 09:17 PM   #51
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I have the build sheet, it shows all the upgrades too. I think I will have the decals changed. Someone goofed in my favor.
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:19 PM   #52
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Any chance someone replaced the tub and stickers were on it?

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