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Jeep Wrangler YJ History

Discussion in 'Wrangler YJ' started by Evan, Oct 13, 2016.

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    1987: Introduction of Jeep Wrangler YJ (1987-1995)
    • Slight change in appearance from older CJ models
    • Square headlights
    • Front clip is more angled, less rounded off like the CJ’s
    • Wider leaf springs, track-bars, sway-bars for improved handling
    • Wipers moved to base of windshield
    • Engine options were AMC 2.5L (5-speed AX-5 Manual), AMC 4.2L (TF999 Automatic, BA-10 5-speed manual)
    • Interior now has a more prominent dashboard
    • NP207 Transfer Case (1987)
    • Soft Top, Half Doors Standard
    • Full Doors and Hard Top Optional

    Jeep Wrangler YJ Trim Packages:
    • SE: Base model, standard with 4-cylinder, radio, 2 speakers, manual transmission. A/C optional, Inline-6 option, optional automatic transmission on some years.
    • Laredo: Chrome Grille, bumpers, trim, A/C, hard top, half doors, Laredo appearance package.
    • Sport: AMC I6 standard, in 1991 upgraded to EFI 4.0 I6, Sport graphics, rear bench seat. Optional were cassette player, rear sound bar, A/C, and high-back bucket seats.
    • Sahara: Most options are standard, usually I6 engine, body colored fender flares, Sahara trim interior with green seats, fog lamps, rear bench seat (removable), high-back bucket seats, A/C, AM/FM radio and cassette player, Sahara model steel wheels.
    • Rio-Grande (1995 model year only): Themed interior trim package, special exterior color schemes, optional for base 4-cylinder models.

    1987: Chrysler buys AMC (American Motors Corporation)
    1988: NP231 Transfer Case replaces NP207
    1988: YJ Islander Trim Option (1988-1993)
    • Body colored fender flares
    • Optional 20-gallon fuel tank
    • "Sunset" Appearance Package
    1989: BA-10 Manual Transmission replaced by AX-15 Manual Transmission for Wrangler YJ

    1991: Jeep Wrangler YJ updated with EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection)
    • AMC carbureted 2.5L replaced with AMC fuel injected 2.5L
    • AMC carbureted 4.2L replaced with AMC fuel injected 4.0L
    • Optional 3-speed TF999 automatic transmission for 4.0L
    • Standard 5-speed manual AX-15 for 4.0L

    Jeep Wrangler YJ Renegade Optional Trim Package (1991-1994)
    • 4.0L I6 Engine
    • Power Steering
    • Fog Lamps
    • Paint matched fiberglass body kit (extends fender flares, internally mounts fog lights in front fenders)
    • 20 gallon fuel tank

    1992: Older CJ style “sports bar” replaced with an extended “family bar” to further protect rear seat.
    1992: Electronic speedometer added.
    1993: ABS (Anti-Lock Brakes) option added
    1994: Slave cylinder for manual transmissions moved to outside of bellhousing for easier access.
    • New 3-speed TF904 Automatic Transmission for AMC 2.5L I4
    1995: Larger U-joints for Dana 30 front axle and at rear pinion, fully galvanized frame and body

    1996: Jeep Wrangler YJ Production End
    There were no Jeep Wranglers sold as 1996 models, although the YJ was produced until mid-year. These YJs were sold as 1995 models, and may sport certain parts from the next generation TJ, such as the updated 4.0 AMC I6 Engine or reinforced tailgate hinges, for example.

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