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Old 01-23-2012, 11:33 AM   #1
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Hello to you all.

Okay first, I have a 2004 unlimited, long bed. First I'm not clear, is that a YJ, or TJ?

Second, I want to get it lifted and bigger tires, any recommendations as to a affordable place to go in the L.A. area for the work? What's a reasonable price?

Thirdly, recommendations on tire size and lift height? Would like to do some offroading, but again I'm a newby, so I won't be going crazy. Also, as I'm not exactly killing it financially, I need affordability, so the cheaper the better.

sorry for all the newby questions but I'm just starting out. Have to say I'm glad to have found this forum, and any help would be much appreciated.

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Old 01-23-2012, 11:55 AM   #2
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The YJ was made from 1987 - 1995. The TJ was made from 1997 - 2005. As far as the lifting part, I don't remember where the best place to go. I've been out of the loop for a while.

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Old 01-23-2012, 12:02 PM   #3
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First off what you have is actually a LJ being the unlimited,but if it was short it would be a tj..
As far as everything else goes i would just take your jeep out do some wheelin (very capable rig stock).
As you gain more experiance on the trail you will have a better idea of what you are after as far as mods...
Just remember to be safe and DONT go wheelin alone and most importantly HAVE FUN!!!
hope some of this helps
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The YJ was made from 1987 - 1995. The TJ was made from 1997 - 2005. As far as the lifting part, I don't remember where the best place to go. I've been out of the loop for a while.
correction:1997-2006.

as said u have a LJ which is a version of the TJ. (i also have a LJ) if u want a lift for the looks the u can do a buget boost (2inches) and a body lift(1inch). if u want trail capability then u want a full suspension replacement. buget boost and body lift maybe 500 then shocks and tires ull want 33 inch muds for the trail or ATs if ur goin to be on the street more. as for places to go. i only know a couple places in the OC theres T&J productions and and off road evoloution and all over theres 4wheel parts stores. (i had my lift installed there in PHX but they still did a good job)
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Welcome to the forum. There is a ton of great info to be offered here. Just ask away and you will get answers. As for the places to go, keep an eye on this section of the forum. We are pretty active with setting up runs in So. Cal.

I agree with Baitfish, take your Jeep out and play with it in stock condition. Do a few runs like that. Get a feel for what it can and cannot do. It will make you a better driver when you do go for a lift and you go onto bigger and badder trails.

Good luck with the new addiction and post up some pics when you get a chance.

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The YJ was made from 1987 - 1995.
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correction:1997-2006.
You are both correct in a way, the official YJ model years were 1987 to 1995 and TJ model years were 1997 to 2006. The 2005 YJ was actually still manufactured into early 1996 until the '97 TJ was finally released. There was no model actually designated as a 1995 YJ or TJ. There was no 2006 model year Wrangler, that model year was actually skipped for the Wrangler by Jeep.

The 1997 TJ was originally scheduled to be introduced in time to be a 1996 model but manufacturing delays forced enough of a delay that it was introduced in early '96 as a 1997 model instead. The '95 YJ was still produced into early 1996 but its official designation for registration purposes was kept as '95.

My first TJ, a 1997, was manufactured 3/96.
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Welcome to the forum! Sounds like you have had your initial questions answered...it wont take long to have a long list of items that you want / need....it never ends..I dont know where around the LA area there is to wheel, but we have some of So Cals best trails out this way...Join us when you can!
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Welcome to the forum! Sounds like you have had your initial questions answered...it wont take long to have a long list of items that you want / need....it never ends..I dont know where around the LA area there is to wheel, but we have some of So Cals best trails out this way...Join us when you can!
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I live in Redlands, so at the base of the San bernardino mountains, Big Bear etc. Also very close to the high desert, San Jacinto range etc.
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ya im on the beach seems like it is to hell and gone to get some trails for me!!
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You are both correct in a way, the official YJ model years were 1987 to 1995 and TJ model years were 1997 to 2006. The 2005 YJ was actually still manufactured into early 1996 until the '97 TJ was finally released. There was no model actually designated as a 1995 YJ or TJ. There was no 2006 model year Wrangler, that model year was actually skipped for the Wrangler by Jeep.

The 1997 TJ was originally scheduled to be introduced in time to be a 1996 model but manufacturing delays forced enough of a delay that it was introduced in early '96 as a 1997 model instead. The '95 YJ was still produced into early 1996 but its official designation for registration purposes was kept as '95.

My first TJ, a 1997, was manufactured 3/96.
So what do I have? I know it's a TJ Unlimited. I have never seen anything official as far as the LJ label is concerned other than mention of some of the factory parts being tagged with an LJ. But my title says 2006.
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ya im on the beach seems like it is to hell and gone to get some trails for me!!
Well yur on the beach and that cant be too bad...besides, you know what they say about Cal, your never too far from anything....
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Thanks for all the great replies! Huge help. I really appreciate you guys taking the time.
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You are both correct in a way, the official YJ model years were 1987 to 1995 and TJ model years were 1997 to 2006. The 2005 YJ was actually still manufactured into early 1996 until the '97 TJ was finally released. There was no model actually designated as a 1995 YJ or TJ. There was no 2006 model year Wrangler, that model year was actually skipped for the Wrangler by Jeep.
Whoops that of course should have said "There was no 1996 model year Wrangler.

So there are indeed 2006 model year Wranglers.

If a mod wants to correct that 2006 to 1996 in my above post that would be appreciated.
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Whoops that of course should have said "There was no 1996 model year Wrangler.

So there are indeed 2006 model year Wranglers.

If a mod wants to correct that 2006 to 1996 in my above post that would be appreciated.
I WAS GOIN TO SAY!!!!!!!! I knew there was no 96 i was correcting him on till 05 it was actually 06. And didnt u mean the 1995 was made into 96 not the 2005 yj made into 96?

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