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Old 07-13-2012, 10:31 PM   #1
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Newbie looking for Wrangler (95 or 97)??

Hi everyone! I am new to this site and will be new to the Wranglers but not new to Jeeps. My wife has a Grand Cherokee and we love that as a family car but we are looking to add something fun into the line up.

Searching on Craigs List I have found a couple decent looking Wranglers. One is a 95 with the 4 cylinder and 5 speed and the other is a 97 with the 6 cylinder and 5 speed. I know that one is the last of the out going model and the other is the first of the incoming model but in a nutshell what is different and better between the two?

My first thought is I would prefer the 97 so that I could have the 4.0L but I think that has air bags in the front so my daughter could not ride up there.

Both are hard top and 150,000 mile rigs. Overall both are in pretty decent condition.

Mostly the top will be off in the summer time and my daughter and I are going to drive around town. Every now and then I will take it up into the mountains but will not be doing serious 4 wheeling with it.

Any info would be great!


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Old 07-13-2012, 10:48 PM   #2
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the 95 (yj) has leaf springs witch makes for a rougher ride but easier to install lifts

the 97 (tj) has coil springs nicer ride a little more for lifts and in my tj you can shut the pasenger airbagoff in need be. i like the tjs better in my opinion and the one your looking at has the I6. it depends what your going to do if you just leave it relatively stock i would go tj but if you want to make it ridiculous i would go yj and save some $$ for mods up to you and your budget.

just got my fist jeep 3/3/12, we'll see how it goes
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Old 07-13-2012, 11:02 PM   #3
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new here, luv tjs

I always liked tjs, had a few now building one to race
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Old 07-13-2012, 11:03 PM   #4
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Go for the TJ (97)...
[B]2006 Jeep Unlimited RE Express 4 1/2" Lift, JKS 1.25" BL, 37x14.50R15, Toyo Open Country Tires, Tom Woods Drive Shafts, SYE Kit, D30/D44 4.88 Gears, Warn 8000 lb Winch, Cobra CB, Viair On-Board Air, Bushwacker Flat Fenders, and Lots of light
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Old 07-13-2012, 11:06 PM   #5
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14 bolt/ 60 both trussed/ locked, 5.13 vortec th400 205 twin nwf clocked 4 link/ 3 stretch, etc...
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Old 07-14-2012, 12:50 AM   #6
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TJ for sure. You will def like the 4.0 better than 2.5. Rides better but as stated earlier lifts are cheaper and easier to install on YJ. All in all more parts out there for the TJ especially on Craig's list.

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