Over the last 9 months i have spent all of my time/money building up my 97 tj with high miles (220k), im looking back and shaking my head thinking i should have started out with a "fresher" platform so Im seriously kicking around the idea of buying a 04-06 unlimited and taking all of the aftermarket parts i have on my 97 off and changing them over. What will not be compatable? the only thing i can think of is possibly the Rockmen short arms? but i think even those will work. Bumpers, flat fender flare's, front seats, built 8.8 axle and built stock D30, 4" lift, HD steering box, rims/tires....what wont transfer?
sell 'em on ebay or CL and buy new ones...you won't get everything back but you'll be in new and bigger vehicle. My only real TJ regret (sans D44s) is I didn't hold out for an LJ, but since I was trading in an 08 ridgeline I couldn't be too picky.
Tell the truth.
Depends on what mods you have. Alot of armor will not work, obvious tops, and a few other things that I can not think of at this moment but most is swapable. I did the same thing but got out of the TJ before i got too deep.
ya i wish i had this epiphany 6 months ago, it will be sooo much work swapping everything over, a few things im especially not looking forward to like the the steering box, currie correc lync steering and axles/wiring the e-lockers. Also i will have to get a new SYE and drive shaft for the LJ. How do you like your LJ over the TJ ?
Well I had an 01 TJ with 4.0 and 5 spd, I now have an 05 LJ Rubicon 6spd. Night and day! LJ is much smoother in ever aspect but main downside is that it is not the easiest navigating tight trails. A turn that wouldnt be an issue in a TJ might be a 5 pt turn in the LJ.
im getting excited right now...... looking forward to being able to actually tow a trailer more than 500 pounds, and the space increase will be AWSOME. funny part is i waited till my build was done, locked and loaded, and looking at welding a cage in before i even considered this, ha WTF