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View Poll Results: If you could easily swap a CJ grille onto your TJ, would you want to?
Yes, putting a CJ grille on a TJ would be very cool 6 31.58%
No way I'd mess up a TJ with a CJ grille 1 5.26%
Some people might want to do that, but it's not for me 8 42.11%
I can't imagine anyone wanting to do that 3 15.79%
I'd be interested but only if it didn't cost much to do 2 10.53%
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Old 04-05-2012, 07:49 AM   #1
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CJ Grille on a TJ?

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Fantasy question: What if it were possible to easily bolt a CJ grille onto a TJ and have the hood, fenders, tub, etc. line up right so that it looked perfect, as if the TJ came from the factory with the CJ grille?

This is a fantasy question because it doesn't work - the grille, hood, and fender sheet metal of the CJ is incompatible with the TJ and the parts don't swap.

For the moment ignore the problem of incompatible hood and fender sheet metal and imagine that magically that was solved - what if you could do the swap very easily, with just a few ordinary wrenches and things?

If you could easily swap a CJ grille onto your TJ and have it look like it came from the factory that way, would it be a cool thing to do?

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Is the cowl the same? For some reason, I don't think it is. I know you could do that on a YJ but you had to lengthen the hood by ~2".

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What's with the "Land Rover" style hard tops on both of them?
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Is the cowl the same? For some reason, I don't think it is. I know you could do that on a YJ but you had to lengthen the hood by ~2".
No, the cowl is different and incompatible between the TJ and CJ. But that's one of the things that would magically get fixed in this fantasy question.
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What's with the "Land Rover" style hard tops on both of them?
The one on the CJ is a Jeep factory World Cab, produced for export in the mid-80's.

The one on the LJ is a custom fiberglass hardtop I built.
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:03 AM   #6
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The CJ and TJ body have totally different proportions. I think they did a great job with the TJ grille. I am put off by the big chrome headlight rings on the later CJ's. I would go back to the military jeep look where the headlights appear essentially frame-less.
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I am not a fan of switching parts between models for any car.
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I am not a fan of switching parts between models for any car.
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Thanks for the input everyone. I guess it doesn't make sense to do a build thread on this project here
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Oh, by all means, go for it. I wanted to do it on my YJ
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Oh, by all means, go for it. I wanted to do it on my YJ
No point in posting stuff to a thread if the population isn't interested in what I'm posting.

Putting a CJ grille on a YJ is almost a direct bolt-on, only some minor trimming necessary for steering and shock tower clearance, I'm sure you could search around and find a bunch of threads showing how to do that one. It's the TJ where none of the parts are natural fits for each other, that's what I'm planning to do.
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Is the cowl the same? For some reason, I don't think it is. I know you could do that on a YJ but you had to lengthen the hood by ~2".
Nope, dimensionally its the same, you do have to lower the radiator mount but thats on the frame, not the hood
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Unless your a really good body man, I wouldn't suggest it since the cowl is different. I find everything interesting and by no means let anyone pull ya down.
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Nope, dimensionally its the same, you do have to lower the radiator mount but thats on the frame, not the hood
The cowl is the same width, but the TJ has a hump in the middle of the cowl and the CJ has a flat curve across the cowl. If you try to directly bolt a CJ hood to a TJ tub/cowl, it looks really goofy because the cowl has a hump and the hood doesn't.
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Unless your a really good body man, I wouldn't suggest it since the cowl is different. I find everything interesting and by no means let anyone pull ya down.
I've studied every detail between the two models, and I've done a detailed design showing how every curve and body line will transition and blend (including the cowl), and I've also done a project plan that lets me accomplish what's necessary within the limits of my available tools and skills. There's no question this can be done by me in a completely "factory fit" way.

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The cowl is the same width, but the TJ has a hump in the middle of the cowl and the CJ has a flat curve across the cowl. If you try to directly bolt a CJ hood to a TJ tub/cowl, it looks really goofy because the cowl has a hump and the hood doesn't.
Sorry I should have clarified....he said you had change the hood 2 inches on a YJ, in which my reply was directed
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They are already similar enough, why bother.
Add some turn signals under the TJ headlights.
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Sorry I should have clarified....he said you had change the hood 2 inches on a YJ, in which my reply was directed
I think that was using the YJ fenders though, just using the CJ hood and grill.
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Nah cant be, the frames are interchangeable with exeption of two body mounts in the back. My neighbor has a 77 CJ7 with a 94 YJ tub on it
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I say good fellow, go for it! I would be seen in it no doubt!
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YJ Conversion (Grill, Hood & Fenders): Turn Your YJ Into A CJ - Jp Magazine
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Nah cant be, the frames are interchangeable with exeption of two body mounts in the back. My neighbor has a 77 CJ7 with a 94 YJ tub on it
To fit a CJ grille at the proper height on either a TJ or a YJ frame, the bottom of the CJ grille has to be trimmed slightly to clear the frame rails, and also must be trimmed to clear the steering box and power steering lines.
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mine cleared with a 1.25 body lift and some minor minor corner massaging
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When you put a CJ grill on a TJ what is it that you are driving?
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When you put a CJ grill on a TJ what is it that you are driving?
A TJ, with a CJ grill.

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