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Bielzebub 05-08-2013 08:31 AM

TJ and LJ Differences
 
Ok, this isn't a thread to start bashing either style or going on a tangent of which one is better and which one can scale Mt Everest and which one can't, but can anyone tell me the MAJOR differences between the TJ and the LJ? I currently have a 99 TJ and I absolutely love it! I am considering of selling my current daily driver and purchasing another Jeep as a daily driver. I like the TJ a lot, but thinking of something a little newer. I don't really want to go with a JK just because of price and difficulty of SOME (not all) of the mods that I am wanting. Are there any problems with the LJ that were prevalent that could steer a person's decision one way or another? Anyway, Just looking for information, no rants or arguments, please!

PStov98TJ 05-08-2013 08:37 AM

The major difference is the wheelbase. Other than that, not much is different between a TJ and LJ.

Obviously there's advantages and disadvantages to a longer wheelbase. One of the advantages though is that I can be lifted 4" without the need of an sye/cv shaft due to its longer rear shaft.

Bielzebub 05-08-2013 08:46 AM

Same motor? Any motor to stay away from? I thought I read something a few days ago about a different engine in the LJ. Maybe I was dreaming about that...

Herviss 05-08-2013 08:52 AM

I only just got my LJ, and never owned a TJ, but while searching for my Jeep the biggest difference I saw between the 2 is the space in the backseat and behind the backseat. If you have kids that you might want to put in the backseat, I would suggest the LJ because you can bring the kids and put a cooler or groceries in the back without upsetting or damaging either.

And I also thought the LJ had better road manners then the TJ, I drove several stock TJs and one stock LJ and that seemed the case to me.

Bielzebub 05-08-2013 08:58 AM

What do you mean by road manners? Better highway handling?

TJDave 05-08-2013 09:06 AM

Longer wheelbase usually means better handling, especially in snowy on-road conditions.

Significantly more towing capacity due to the longer WB also.


I wish I would of bought an LJ when I was shopping for Jeeps. They just were very hard to find, and a lot more expensive than SWB TJ's of the same year.
I guess you could count that as one of the very few negatives.

UnlimitedLJ04 05-08-2013 09:08 AM

LJ is 15" longer on the body.
10" more wheelbase.
2" more leg room in the rear passenger area.
basically everything forward of the drivers side is the same.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/attachm...p;d=1290629298
http://image.motortrend.com/f/850893...d+top_view.jpg

Bielzebub 05-08-2013 09:37 AM

Yeah, I wish I would have known that before I bought my TJ! I would have looked for an LJ! Le sigh....

Neil F. 05-08-2013 09:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bielzebub (Post 3732756)
I currently have a 99 TJ and I absolutely love it! I am considering of selling my current daily driver and purchasing another Jeep as a daily driver. I like the TJ a lot, but thinking of something a little newer. !

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bielzebub (Post 3732923)
Yeah, I wish I would have known that before I bought my TJ! I would have looked for an LJ! Le sigh....

Ok you are not being totally clear where you are at now. You have a 99 but are thinking of changing, then you say you wish you knew that before you bought a TJ. What are you doing?

With regards, to TJ vs. LJ, there are lots of threads here and on other boards. (Google is your friend)

jeepwayoflife 05-08-2013 10:14 AM

All Lj's have the 2.5 or 4.0 engine. A plus of an Lj is they came standard with a Dana 44 rear

UnlimitedLJ04 05-08-2013 10:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jeepwayoflife (Post 3733042)
All Lj's have the 4.0 engine. A plus of an Lj is they came standard with a Dana 44 rear

fixed it for you.

SuperTJ 05-08-2013 11:46 AM

The LJ was the only Wrangler I was looking for my latest Jeep. I had an 04 TJ. I had to do all kinds of things to make it work for me. Saddle bags, Rear Rack etc. So this time I wanted more room but I didn't want an 07-2013. I had a 2010 and was not happy with it.

04sti20 05-08-2013 11:58 AM

I've had an 05 lj for a year now, it's my first jeep ever, it's also my dd and I have to say I love it. I wouldn't consider getting any other SUV, besides a jku. That'll be my next one. But anyway. Like that picture above shows there is a lot more extra room. I wasn't aware that it can be lifted up to 4" with out an sye, I'm going to have to get a bigger lift now!! Lol. I go camping ever year and I went once since I've owned and can't wait to go again, all the added room makes it easy to store stuff. Hope my opinion helps! Here's a pic,
http://i977.photobucket.com/albums/a...D6FD971AA3.jpg
That's an kinda older pic. I have a diy stinger on it now.
2" bb lift by skyjacker
33" falken rockey mountains

lynn 05-08-2013 12:20 PM

After 16 years wheelin and camping out of a '71 CJ5, when I decided to get a newer rig there was only one on my list: an LJ.

Bought a lightly used '05 LJ with 10K miles on it in May 2007, for $17,900.

Six years later, I still love it. :)

Bielzebub 05-08-2013 01:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Neil F. (Post 3732949)
Ok you are not being totally clear where you are at now. You have a 99 but are thinking of changing, then you say you wish you knew that before you bought a TJ. What are you doing?

With regards, to TJ vs. LJ, there are lots of threads here and on other boards. (Google is your friend)

I am going to keep my 99 TJ. I just wish that I would have known the LG was bigger before I bought my TJ because I may have considered spending a little more money on an LJ if I would have known it was bigger prior to the purchase of my TJ :doh:. I have a daughter with special needs, so having a little more storage and rear passenger leg room would come in handy.

I am currently considering selling my dd and getting another Jeep that I can have as a dd and keep my TJ for playing. I am leaning toward the LJ because of size. Also would be nice to have another 4x4 for my wife to be able to get around in the winter while she's hauling our daughter to day care. At least that's the excuse I am trying to pass off to her :whistling:.

MarkGLHS 05-08-2013 01:32 PM

one tech aspect not mentioned: the LJ is heavier than the TJ (obviously).

PStov98TJ 05-08-2013 11:32 PM

Yep. LJ is heavier. But just order the LJ specific springs and you'll be ok. And as Unlimited said, all LJ's have 4.0's. There is one guy on here that had a 2.5L LJ but he said it was a special order. Don't know how he swung that one but it's definitely not a common thing.

UnlimitedLJ04 05-08-2013 11:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PStov98TJ (Post 3735873)
There is one guy on here that had a 2.5L LJ but he said it was a special order.

I'll believe that when I see pictures, especially considering the 2.5L had stopped production two years before the LJ was introduced in the USA.

JDT 05-08-2013 11:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by UnlimitedLJ04 (Post 3735908)
I'll believe that when I see pictures, especially considering the 2.5L had stopped production two years before the LJ was introduced in the USA.

I was thinking the same thing...

PStov98TJ 05-09-2013 12:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by UnlimitedLJ04 (Post 3735908)

I'll believe that when I see pictures, especially considering the 2.5L had stopped production two years before the LJ was introduced in the USA.

This is true. Should've said that he "said" he had an LJ with a 4 banger. I asked him to post pics of it because I was highly skeptical. He never did...

bigbradford 05-09-2013 06:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 04sti20 (Post 3733376)
I've had an 05 lj for a year now, it's my first jeep ever, it's also my dd and I have to say I love it. I wouldn't consider getting any other SUV, besides a jku. That'll be my next one. But anyway. Like that picture above shows there is a lot more extra room. I wasn't aware that it can be lifted up to 4" with out an sye, I'm going to have to get a bigger lift now!! Lol. I go camping ever year and I went once since I've owned and can't wait to go again, all the added room makes it easy to store stuff. Hope my opinion helps! Here's a pic,
http://i977.photobucket.com/albums/a...D6FD971AA3.jpg
That's an kinda older pic. I have a diy stinger on it now.
2" bb lift by skyjacker
33" falken rockey mountains

Looks great

Rubicon06Va 05-09-2013 06:40 PM

Bigger is better! more cargo room, less front and rear driveshaft angle (big time), disc brakes all around (nice). At the least Dana 44 in rear & 4.0L engine I-6. More leg room in back seat that fits a small adult. You will find that the LJ has smoother highway driving with longer wheelbase.

jeepwayoflife 05-09-2013 06:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rubicon06Va (Post 3738475)
Bigger is better!

Larger turning radius = harder to maneuver on tight trails or the mall parking lot :) I'm not sure if someone has mentioned it, but higher towing capacity. (I think)

larjeep 05-09-2013 07:56 PM

Come on lj rocks man.

blackrublj 05-09-2013 08:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by larjeep (Post 3738749)
Come on lj rocks man.

I love my LJ never get rid of this one.

Dare 05-09-2013 08:35 PM

after having cj's for years the LJ is my first TJ model after driving several first and I Love it. Dogs love the extra space also, only draw back...hard top is harder to find and costs more all other items are correct, better towing, ride, 44 rear, I6 etc.

cchartrand 05-09-2013 08:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rubicon06Va
Bigger is better! more cargo room, less front and rear driveshaft angle (big time), disc brakes all around (nice). At the least Dana 44 in rear & 4.0L engine I-6. More leg room in back seat that fits a small adult. You will find that the LJ has smoother highway driving with longer wheelbase.

Everything you said was spot on...... But I still love my TJ!!! :)

Dare 05-09-2013 08:36 PM

I also didn't know the lift could be done without a sye...good to remember,,,,thank you!

RHINO965 04-07-2014 05:58 PM

Hard to find roll bar pads too!


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