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Old 12-13-2012, 09:28 PM   #1
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Very odd VIN situation

I just bought an '88 wrangler with a 2.5l. I needed a turn signal bulb but the parts guy gave me the wrong one. I also need to replace the temp gauge but it didn't look right either. Double checked the VIN and it is for an '88. Look under the hood and in the door and both say '94. Can anyone help me out with this cause I'm really confused! Thanks.

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Old 12-13-2012, 09:45 PM   #2
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Is the jeep carburated or fuel injected? Fuel injection in the wranglers began in 1991 so if u have FI then prolly have a 94...unless someone upgraded. Also does your factory rear roll cage have a bar that slant at a 45* angle- also 1992 and older

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I checked on the roll bars and no 45 degree angles. How would I check for fuel injected. I'm new to Jeeps and not a mechanic. Thanks
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:51 PM   #4
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Probably was in an accident and got a bunch of transplant parts.

If the doors say '94, then try the bulbs for a '94, and as you figure out what year various parts are, write it down or remember it, because the parts guys really only go by year and model, so you hafta kinda translate for them to get the right parts.

I go through the same ordeal on my DJ for everything except brake shoes


You can also take a bunch of pictures and post them here and folks will tell you based on the pics what year (or close enough) the various parts are from
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:53 PM   #5
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I just bought an '88 wrangler with a 2.5l. I needed a turn signal bulb but the parts guy gave me the wrong one. I also need to replace the temp gauge but it didn't look right either. Double checked the VIN and it is for an '88. Look under the hood and in the door and both say '94. Can anyone help me out with this cause I'm really confused! Thanks.
zaomike,

We, or at least me, are confused too. so here are some questions:

"I just bought an '88 wrangler".....Why is it an '88? Title? Paperwork? VIN on dash? Bill of sale? All of the above?

Did it come with a normal clear title or "salvage" title?

"Double checked the VIN and it is for an '88.".....Again, what exactly were you looking at or who were you asking?.....Title? VIN plate on dash, stamp inside frame rail? Guy who sold it to you? Decal on door/pillar?

"Look under the hood and in the door and both say '94.".....same questions again.

How about some clear pictures of all those things? Is the VIN in all the places you looked the same?

Did you insure it? If you gave your insurance company the VIN for an '88 but it was really a '94, they would have informed you of that.

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zaomike,

We, or at least me, are confused too. so here are some questions:

"I just bought an '88 wrangler".....Why is it an '88? Title? Paperwork? VIN on dash? Bill of sale? All of the above?

Did it come with a normal clear title or "salvage" title?

"Double checked the VIN and it is for an '88.".....Again, what exactly were you looking at or who were you asking?.....Title? VIN plate on dash, stamp inside frame rail? Guy who sold it to you? Decal on door/pillar?

"Look under the hood and in the door and both say '94.".....same questions again.

How about some clear pictures of all those things? Is the VIN in all the places you looked the same?

Did you insure it? If you gave your insurance company the VIN for an '88 but it was really a '94, they would have informed you of that.

Title and VIN in the windshield check out as '88 - both with insurance and I paid for a VIN check - came back clear.

Title is clean - no salvage or wrecks.

The sticker for the engine size under the hood says the vehicle meets all 94 model specs(emissions), and sticker on door says manufacture date 12-93.

Hope this makes it more clear. Thanks for the replies.
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:21 PM   #7
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Sounds like you possibly have an 88 that the previous owner replaced the motor and doors with ones from a 94
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:26 PM   #8
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1. the 94 could have been stolen and the vin of an 88 swapped in
2. the 88 could have been wrecked/rusted and the vin put on a 94 with no title
3. 88 frame swapped to 94 body with missing vin

pics of the engine, rollbar and dash gauges will go a long way here

all 2.5 were fuel injected. early ones were throttle body injected others are multiport injected
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Title is clean - no salvage or wrecks.
I wouldn't bet any money on that "no wrecks" result.

I hadn't even thought about the possibility of it being stolen and rebadged, but you never know. My guess is that it was rolled off-roading and the PO didn't bother reporting it to insurance, but really all you can do is guess.
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See if this help I realize it isn't for an 88 but it is all I got
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Is the jeep carburated or fuel injected? Fuel injection in the wranglers began in 1991 so if u have FI then prolly have a 94
Negative, all 2.5L Wranglers are Fuel Injection. There are 2 different models though:

1987-1990 have a Throttle Body Injection, meaning they have one big injector inside of the throttle body. These models (4 or 6 cylinder) included the sport rollbar as OE.

1991-1995 have Multi Port Fuel Injection, meaning they have one injector per cylinder. These models (4 or 6 cylinder) included the newer family style rollbar as OE.

The turn signal/brake lamp bulbs should be an 1157 style- integrated stop and running light into one bulb.

The instrument cluster for that model year should have, in this order (left to right):

Temperature, Fuel, Clock, Oil Pressure, Voltage. If you have a different order then you have a different year instrument cluster.
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Old 12-14-2012, 12:31 PM   #12
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I would be a little scared of this situation especially if the drivetrain is 1994. Its easy enough to change a windshield and shazaam, what stolen Jeep? You might research the 94 VIN and see if its clean. Might save you some embarrassing questions at a later date. People swap tubs, frames and driveline all the time so if everything checks out on the 94 you should be good. Keep us posted.
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:06 PM   #13
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I too would look up every vin on the jeep and verify if they are stolen or not.
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Old 12-16-2012, 01:49 AM   #14
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Let me get this straight: its got the hood, door, turn signals, and roll cage of a 94 but the motor is the only thing that's an 88. Its easy to paint both scenarios cause motor could have been swapped in as well as doors and hoods. But turn signals? I don't think they generally get a second thought and certainly not upgraded from an 88 version to 94 version. Its just a guess but I'm thinking you have a 94 with 88 motor.
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Hey this happened to me awhile ago. It's seems you bought yourself a stole vehicle. So somebody probably bought a junked 88. For penny's and just put the paper work and vin numbers on a newer jeep they stole. Srry to sound evil and harsh but this happened to me. I bought a "95" but when I went to do upgrades I found lots of old parts from a 87-91. And when I looked at the bottom vin # by the radiator I found a diff #. I took it to police and they got the guy. My loss but at least the owner got his baby back and he was nice enough to give $ for the honesty. And since then I always car fax and check all the vin #. Good luck and I hope it's just a transplant truck
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happen to a friend of mine, his truck was stolen and he was paid by his insurance, 10 years later he sees his truck, called the cops, the man that now had it bought it fair and square, cops took it and gave it back to my friend, then his insurance wanted there money back for a now 15 year old truck with a ton of miles on it, insurance took the truck and junked it in the end.

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