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Old 03-21-2015, 06:36 PM
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what did i buy for cryin out loud?

bought a wrangler as a 1996 tj. looks like we need a new steering box. all the parts sites skip the year 96. what model do we look up for parts?

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1997...

If i were you i'd skip the wrangler box all together and just get a 98-99 durango box. Bit more heavy duty than the wrangler box and it'll bolt up to the stock location.

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Old 03-21-2015, 06:46 PM   #3
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'97.
There were no `96's. Late `96TJ Wrangler sales were an early release of the `97. (`95 YJ's were also sold in early`96)

See:
Why Did Jeep not make a Wrangler in 1996? - JeepForum.com
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There were no 1996 model year Jeep Wranglers. YJs produced in early 1996 were sold as 1995 model years, but featured a few new parts not seen on any earlier YJ. This included the new TJ bumpstops on the hood (rubber boots vs the traditional U-bars), reinforced tailgate hinges, and some even had rear TJ bumpers. Some also got the newly tuned I6 that was designed to run quieter in preparation for the TJ.
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They were retooling for the model year 1996. They made some serious changes to the Wrangler. Are your headlights square or round. Square means you have a 95 YJ and round means you have a 97 TJ
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