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Old 01-14-2013, 08:13 AM   #1
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LJ worth the extra money?

This would be my first wrangler right now I have a Xterra that would be traded in. I found a 2002 Sahara w/d44 2 soft tops and a hard top (one new in box still), manual with a new clutch. The Sahara has 58k miles on it.
LJs around here in good condition with about 70-90k miles are going for 16k (might be able to negotiate).
It's me and my wife with 3 dogs (average 50 pounds rarely have all of them with me) am I going to be kicking myself for not getting a LJ or is this Sahara to good of a deal to pass up?


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Old 01-14-2013, 08:22 AM   #2
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Get the LJ if you at all can.

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Old 01-14-2013, 08:41 AM   #3
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I agree, get the LJ if you can. You won't be sorry. Had a 97 TJ before getting my 06 LJ Rubi, glad I made the switch.
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I found a LJ like 80 miles away but it looks like someone put a 3in body lift on it and it only has a soft top also missing the spare but they are asking 12500 and it has like 46k on it.


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Old 01-14-2013, 08:47 AM   #5
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Lj, but I'm partial.
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get the LJ stock 44 rear. what year X are you trading in?
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:09 AM   #7
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I would agree, get the LJ. I have had mine about 6 months and love it. You can take out the rear seats and have plenty of room for your dogs and other things. The ride is smoother with the longer wheelbase and what off roading I do, fields and unimproved roads, I have had no problems. A quick search will give you many opinions of LJ/TJ advantages. Get the LJ and you will have no regrets.
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:10 AM   #8
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LJ .


If you get an LJ, you're not likely to ever load it up and say to yourself
"I wish I had a Jeep with less cargo room"

Conversely....
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:15 AM   #9
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get the LJ stock 44 rear. what year X are you trading in?
2011 with 11k miles I am trying to get out of payments and get something a little more fun at the same time. The wrangler would not be a DD I drive a company vehicle for work.


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IMO the X is a lot of fun then mild LJ. throw a titan swap at it with good coilovers and you'll hang with/out wheel most of the jeeps on here. 2-3 inchs of lift with 12-14 inches of travel I'd say that is a fun rig
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Old 01-14-2013, 10:13 AM   #11
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Yup agreed on the LJ......they are more "Precious" to sellers but I think over time they will hold their value well......unless of course Jeep decides to make a bigger 2 door again someday.....not too likely actually
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:20 AM   #12
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It's totally worth it, especially if you ever go camping, or offroad with people in the back seat.
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Old 01-14-2013, 12:41 PM   #13
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I would get the LJ.. it'll hold its value longer too.
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:30 PM   #14
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I like the LJ that it has the d44 stock wish I could find one around me to check out. Theres a 2006 rubi LJ at a dealer around me and they want almost 20k for it
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I like the LJ that it has the d44 stock wish I could find one around me to check out. Theres a 2006 rubi LJ at a dealer around me and they want almost 20k for it
Reading your other thread, I was going to suggest an LJ for you...

Where are you located?

This place has at least 3 on their lot...
if you aren't close, you can at least use the price and specs for comparison...

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I live in NJ about 10min from philly. Updated profile should have had that in there
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:49 PM   #17
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LJ hands down and I have a TJ. Also, on that Sahara, I'd be suspicious about a new clutch at 58k. I have a 136k and the stock clutch is still stong as when new.
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:16 PM   #18
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:35 PM   #19
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lj im kicking myself for not spending the extra 4500 to get this lj I was looking at. instead I cheaper out and got my tj, which I love, but would also love the extra space.
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Just to be contrary, I would pay more for a TJ than an LJ. The LJ's longer wheelbase is a disadvantage in the type of wheeling I enjoy. Only if I desperately needed the extra room behind the back seats would I go with the Unlimited. Just my .02 worth... not to mention I like the looks of a TJ a LOT better than an Unlimited. To me, a TJ looks more like a traditional Jeep to me. Not to mention the TJ's lower break-over angle which means it requires less lift height to achieve the same clearance over trail obstacles.
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I might be the only one but I like the looks of the regular tj better. Idk if its because I almost never see LJs but they look too stretched to me. Not saying I wouldn't like the extra room but that's what my hitch cargo carrier is for. Cant put a dog on it tho so maybe you would be better off with an LJ.
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:11 PM   #22
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The LJ's longer wheelbase is a disadvantage in the type of wheeling I enjoy.
Then why do the hardcore guys always try to get the "magic" 100" by going through all the effort to move the axles? Sure, when you move the axles you make the approach and departure angles better than on the LJ, but the longer wheelbase is ideal.
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:47 PM   #23
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Voting LJ here. Its awesome.
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:58 PM   #24
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Love my LJ take it places better built TJs can't go because of the wheelbase... I know I can drive, but not that good the wheelbase does make a difference... my friend has a 97 and wishes he now got a LJ he is same height as me 4" lift...
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:55 PM   #25
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Just to be contrary, I would pay more for a TJ than an LJ. The LJ's longer wheelbase is a disadvantage in the type of wheeling I enjoy. Only if I desperately needed the extra room behind the back seats would I go with the Unlimited. Just my .02 worth... not to mention I like the looks of a TJ a LOT better than an Unlimited. To me, a TJ looks more like a traditional Jeep to me. Not to mention the TJ's lower break-over angle which means it requires less lift height to achieve the same clearance over trail obstacles.


I agree 100% here. I can't speak for the wheeling part, but I can't stand the stretched look of the LJ. I'm happy with my TJ and wouldn't trade it for anything.. Ok I lied, I'd trade it for another TJ with D44's
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I definately like the look of the TJ better than the LJ. I mostly wheel Moab and I go with a 4 door and 2 LJs mostly. There are obsticles I can get up that the LJs and 4 doors cannot, but it goes the other way too. They both have their place. Even with an LJ I could not fit everything so I will stick with my TJ as I think it looks better. It is your call though.
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Old 01-15-2013, 03:11 AM   #27
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IMO the X is a lot of fun then mild LJ. throw a titan swap at it with good coilovers and you'll hang with/out wheel most of the jeeps on here. 2-3 inchs of lift with 12-14 inches of travel I'd say that is a fun rig
This is true but it is MUCH cheaper and easier to modify and build a Jeep than it is to so that to an X. This is coming from an Xterra owner who bought a Jeep to be the main wheeling vehicle for that very reason.
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Just to be contrary, I would pay more for a TJ than an LJ. The LJ's longer wheelbase is a disadvantage in the type of wheeling I enjoy. Only if I desperately needed the extra room behind the back seats would I go with the Unlimited. Just my .02 worth... not to mention I like the looks of a TJ a LOT better than an Unlimited. To me, a TJ looks more like a traditional Jeep to me. Not to mention the TJ's lower break-over angle which means it requires less lift height to achieve the same clearance over trail obstacles.
For the type of wheeling we have here in the northwest, the exact opposite is true. There are a lot of off-camber, steep up and down trails that are more easily navigated with the longer wheelbase of the LJ. On some trials, short wheel base vehicles like a lifted TJ can nearly flop over forwards or backwards due to the steepness of a trail while longer rigs like the LJ or pickups don't have these issues and are a lot more stable. While TJs or LJs are usually equal in most situations, each has circumstances where they are best.
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My Great Dane wouldn't let me trade the LJ if I wanted to I paid a premium for it, but happy that I did!
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Old 01-15-2013, 04:39 AM   #30
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I vote lj. I have taken mine every where the local guys go and have needed a yank in a couple of spots, the only reason I needed help was the t case skid got stuck.

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