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Old 10-28-2011, 09:56 PM   #1
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how do i determine if my tj is built with 97 or 95 parts

noob here, i did try the search, so be easy please

97 TJ 4.0 Stock 180K miles

my question or because of my lack of experience i am having difficulty finding parts. i caught a thread about 97's using 95 yj parts??

which repair manual should be bought 95 or 97? what is the best way to identify which year model parts are on my tj and what to ask for from the parts store or order online?

any help suggestions directions would be greatly appreciated

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Old 10-28-2011, 10:10 PM   #2
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You will want to buy anything that fits a 97' model year Jeep. Your Jeep is the first year for the TJ model and does not share parts with the 95' and older YJ models. There are only a few things that the TJ and YJ do share but buy items for a 97' TJ and you'll be fine. Get a factory service manual for your 97' TJ. Those auto parts store Chilton and Hayes manuals are no good. Don't waste your money on one.

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You will want to buy anything that fits a 97' model year Jeep. Your Jeep is the first year for the TJ model and does not share parts with the 95' and older YJ models. There are only a few things that the TJ and YJ do share but buy items for a 97' TJ and you'll be fine. Get a factory service manual for your 97' TJ. Those auto parts store Chilton and Hayes manuals are no good. Don't waste your money on one.
That's not true. There was a gap year in '96 where the shift from YJ to TJ happend. There are a handful of TJs that were built in '96 and were fitted with misc YJ parts.

Pull a build sheet on you jeep. If it was built in '96 there is a strong possibility it has some YJ parts. Even at that they are small misc. parts like sensors, trim pieces, maybe the antenna.
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If you have a 97 you should be using most parts from a 97-06 but there were slight changes in the years so always read the fine print.

Dont bother getting a manual for any other years
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Old 10-28-2011, 10:33 PM   #5
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thanks i have seen some schematics online, like fuel lines, brake lines, air conditioning and the parts shown for the 95's seem to be what is on my 97 tj

how do i pull a build sheet?
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Old 10-28-2011, 10:43 PM   #6
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thanks guys found the request for the build sheet

i will learn to read the fine print, kind of frustrating though
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That's not true. There was a gap year in '96 where the shift from YJ to TJ happend. There are a handful of TJs that were built in '96 and were fitted with misc YJ parts.

Pull a build sheet on you jeep. If it was built in '96 there is a strong possibility it has some YJ parts. Even at that they are small misc. parts like sensors, trim pieces, maybe the antenna.[/QUOTE]

There were no jeep wranglers built in 1996, the few yj's that were actually assembled in 1996 were sold as 1995 models. You sir are the one that's mistaken.
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That's not true. There was a gap year in '96 where the shift from YJ to TJ happend. There are a handful of TJs that were built in '96 and were fitted with misc YJ parts.

Pull a build sheet on you jeep. If it was built in '96 there is a strong possibility it has some YJ parts. Even at that they are small misc. parts like sensors, trim pieces, maybe the antenna.
There were no jeep wranglers built in 1996, the few yj's that were actually assembled in 1996 were sold as 1995 models. You sir are the one that's mistaken.[/QUOTE]

X3. I don't know where folks get all their BAD info ? Then they try to come across as experts, and do nothing except totally confuse others... '97 through '06 , saw very minor changes from year to year, which includes, but not limited to, major drive train components..most of which are interchangeable.. J P magazine does the best job of breaking it all down, year by year.. Google J P magazine and search their archived articles on TJs.. If you start buying stuff for yours, thinking it has anything in common with the '95 model, you will be extremely disappointed !!
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My TJ has a build date of 4/96 and is titled as a 97. There was no 96 model but there were many built in 96 and sold as 97's. There were no 96 YJ's.
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You've goy to be freakin kidding me. MY JEEP WAS BUILT IN 96!!!
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My TJ has a build date of 4/96 and is titled as a 97. There was no 96 model but there were many built in 96 and sold as 97's. There were no 96 YJ's.
X2, my buddy has a 97 with a 96 build date.
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My sticker on the drivers side door jamb states 7/97 as the MFG date. Why would I need a build sheet if the label states 7/97?
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Well then one way to avoid confusion is to have rooster4 look at the build date on his door jamb. Or look at the tenth digit of the VIN.
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My sticker on the drivers side door jamb states 7/97 as the MFG date. Why would I need a build sheet if the label states 7/97?
Not everyone has those stickers. Mine came off long long ago.
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That's not true. There was a gap year in '96 where the shift from YJ to TJ happend. There are a handful of TJs that were built in '96 and were fitted with misc YJ parts.

Pull a build sheet on you jeep. If it was built in '96 there is a strong possibility it has some YJ parts. Even at that they are small misc. parts like sensors, trim pieces, maybe the antenna.
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There were no jeep wranglers built in 1996, the few yj's that were actually assembled in 1996 were sold as 1995 models. You sir are the one that's mistaken.
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You've goy to be freakin kidding me. MY JEEP WAS BUILT IN 96!!!
TJs were built and sold in 1996, that much is true. The year in which something is actually built is not the same as the model year, of course, which is true of all vehicles. '97 TJs were built and sold beginning in Spring of '96.

I've not read anything about early TJs built with "leftover" YJ parts. There is, however, info out there stating that the last of the YJs (which were built in 1996 and sold as 1995 model years) had some TJ parts. Bumpstops and some bumpers. Some had the "better" tuned inline-6 that would be in the TJ.

But that means what you say could be applied to some of the last YJs produced, not the early TJs produced.
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i did look at the build date in the door jamb 8/96
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As others said above, of course there were TJs built in '96. My '97 TJ was manuafactured 3/96. And yes it used a few '95 parts here and there, especially sensors. I first discovered that when I bought a new TPS (throttle position sensor) for a '97 and it didn't match my '97 TJ's electrical connection but one for a '95 did. Same with the MAP sensor, a kit meant for a '97 TJ's MAP sensor plug didn't fit my '97 TJ's '95 MAP sensor connector.
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thanks Jerry. i am looking at the parts on my 97, but when i look at schematics, the pictures don't match what is actually there. i am the third owner so i am fighting any changes they may made or things they may have just used "what they had to make it work" and on top of that, my in-experience.

an example of what i am talking about. my a/c, the schematics i have seen for a 97 use what is basically a block that both hoses connect to and then the block attaches to the compressor, what i have installed looks exactly like the schematics for the 95 yj, two seperate hoses, the ac controller on the dash looks like one from a 95, rather the turn knobs like the 97 it has slide controls. I thought maybe it was an add on jeep air or something, but that doens't appear to be the case either.

i guess i was just trying to find an easier way than trail and error and hoping someone else had the same issues and could give me the recipe for simple success.
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the ac controller on the dash looks like one from a 95, rather the turn knobs like the 97 it has slide controls.
All 97s (and 98s) have slide controls for the heater/aircon.
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Well then one way to avoid confusion is to have rooster4 look at the build date on his door jamb. Or look at the tenth digit of the VIN.
10th digit of VIN
T = 1996
V = 1997

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