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Old 01-20-2013, 10:00 PM
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TJ vs JK Project

I want to get a Jeep. I want to customize it, I want to ride it hard, and I have a couple questions.

I understand there is differences between the TJ and a new JKU. I'm not asking for a specifications comparison. I want some wisdom from the experienced Jeeper's on things that may be considered common knowledge.

I want to make this baby my own, make it mean looking, and of course I intend to use it to it's full potential. I understand a JKU will cost a pretty penny and I have heard rumor that mods/upgrades/ect. are very costly, however it will be more reliable being that it's new, hopefully. Whereas, a TJ will be half the price giving me MUCH more cash for mods/upgrades/ect. What I'm worried about though is the fact that I will be purchasing an older vehicle that may or may not have been beat up pretty good by previous owner(s), or that it might break down more often resulting in more repair fees making me ultimately breaking even with a JKU.

I am a bit spoiled by my 2000 Toyota Camry LE V6 in the fact that it drives smooth and pretty quick and all you have to do is change the oil and go. I don't really care that the jeep is basically the polar opposite and that's kind of the point(in comfort and speed I mean), but a smoother riding JKU vs the TJ would definitely be welcomed.

I am single, no dependents, so I could care less about a back seat. However, thinking logically, I do want a family one day and purchasing a JKU now might save me money in the long run because I wont have to sell and purchase a new jeep plus mods later on.

As you can see I'm pretty much in the middle on this one, and I think either one would be an absolute blast. So I'm asking for your opinions, biased or not. Why would you go with one and why wouldn't you go with the other? Do you have any good/bad experiences going either route? What are things I should be mindful of when determining which Jeep to buy? Also, can you make either one sound mean/aggressive with an aftermarket exhaust system?

Things I plan to have done to Jeep:
33" Tires and good rims
LED Headlights and spotlights
Maybe some engine work for extra HP(don't know much about that right now)
New metal front bumper(maybe one of those rock crawling bumpers)
New metal Rear bumper
Metal mesh behind grill
[That's all I can think of right now]

I'm really hoping for a good read and I LOVE learning about Jeeps, so please share some wisdom with me.
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:05 PM   #2
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Ok, so based on my limited experience and what I myself have read up on, I would tell you to go with an LJ. I believe they are about a foot longer (not positive) so if you wanted to start a family you'd have the space. And ride super smooth
Now, age I don't think means less dependable. I've got a '97 and it runs like new. My grandpa has a JK and i'd take a TJ/LJ any day.
Granted, I find STOCK LJs to be totally horrendous, but with a lift and tires it looks toooo bad a$$.
I've heard all sorts of reasons to not get a JK (from a mini-van-esque engine to "It looks too much like a Hummer"
So being extremely biased and shallow, go TJ or LJ. You'll save a TON compared to a new Jk or JKU

'97 TJ, 4cyl. 3" JK "take-off" lift with 2" spacers up front, Bridgestone Dueler 255/75 R18 take offs.

I basically drive a Jeep TJK
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People who have bought the JK with the V6 seem to love them, makes for a more appealing pavement ride which Chrysler's research supported. Most TJ/LJ owners stand strongly with their I6 as a better offroad engine. I am extremely happy with my '06 LJ, it's a keeper.
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Old 01-21-2013, 02:02 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by AZDBack
People who have bought the JK with the V6 seem to love them, makes for a more appealing pavement ride which Chrysler's research supported. Most TJ/LJ owners stand strongly with their I6 as a better offroad engine. I am extremely happy with my '06 LJ, it's a keeper.
Agree with the above, however the 07-11 v6s aren't that amazing, they have a little more power than the 4.0 I6 but it's at a much higher rpm. I've heard good things about the 12/13 v6s, in the end it's up to you, find the right jeep for you. I'm biased towards the tj/lj however, but it could be because my 98 tj is awesome also aftermarket parts seem to be cheaper for the tj and in my opinion it's much easier to work on and you don't have all the added electronics and computers the JK platform does
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