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The second generation of the Jeep Wrangler, TJ was launched in 1997 as the successor to the Jeep Wrangler YJ. The Jeep Wrangler was a soft-top SUV and it was offered with two engine options, 2.4-liter straight-four or a 4.0-liter straight-six. The production of Jeep Wrangler TJ was finalized in 2006.

Jeep Wrangler YJ generation was criticized hard by Jeep fans. According to hardcore Jeepers, the designers disfigured the Wrangler YJ with rectangular headlights. Because of all the backlash, on Jeep Wrangler TJ, the lights are round again and the jeep is finally back to its old self.

In 2004, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited was introduced with a long wheelbase offering 13 inches more cargo space and 2 inches more legroom in the rear seat. While providing the same open-air driving enjoyment and maintaining the same 4x4 capability of the first Jeep Wrangler, the Unlimited model offered more refined on-road comfort and even more versatility.

 

Body

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The 1997 Jeep Wrangler TJ looked a lot like the famous CJ-7. Its "retro" look was indeed the desired effect, but the two vehicles were very different from a mechanical point of view. Nearly 80 percent of the parts had been redesigned.

The TJ retained many of the classic Jeep features, such as round headlights, folding windshield (first appeared in 1940), and removable doors. It gave the choice of a convertible top or a removable hardtop. A factory-installed sports bar was also standard.

There are many off-road vehicles that are technically better, of higher quality and more economical in consumption than the Jeep Wrangler TJ. However, the Wrangler is always reliable and durable. 

Its stock-simple construction and simply designed, low-load engines usually have a long lifespan. The consistent renunciation of comfort extras such as window regulators, navigation screens or electronically controlled chassis help the model to be one of the most reliable vehicles ever.

 

Interior

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There is nothing surprising inside the Jeep Wrangler TJ. It keeps the tradition alive so the interior is pure and practical. There isn’t much creature comfort inside the early models but that’s one of the points that make this SUV an icon.

However, recent researches show that the minimal equipment of this Jeep model makes many owners reach for a more comfortable second car. A whopping 73 percent have another car in the garage.

The later Sahara model differed from others primarily in higher-quality equipment such as standard air conditioning, higher-quality seat fabrics and a better sound system. So, if you are looking for a comfortable interior, that is the model for you. 

Jeep’s iconic sound bar was replaceded with sound pods in the Jeep Wrangler TJ series. It also had a different set of seats now and they had separate headrests. Those were the main physical changes inside the Wrangler TJ. 

The TJ featured a four-link coil suspension, similar to the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the cabin interior was completely redone and included driver-side and passenger-side airbags.

 

Technology

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The Wrangler TJ was offered with two engine choices only; a 2.4-liter straight-four engine or a 4.0-liter straight-six engine. The 2.4 liter has an output of 105 kW (143 hp) and the 4.0 liter 130 kW (177 hp). 

The equipment lines were called Sport and Sahara. Sport had options of 2.4 or 4.0 liters, both with six-speed manual transmission and Sahara came with 4.0 liters using manual or automatic transmission. 

The top speed for the 4.0 liter models with manual transmission is 108 miles, the automatic version is able to reach 105 miles and the 2.4 liter manages 86 miles.

As a thoroughbred Jeep, off-road is where the Wrangler shines, no matter which engine is used. Thanks to the super-short gear reduction, interlocking chassis and decent ground clearance, it will not disappoint when it drives off the beaten path.

 

Protecting a Jeep Wrangler TJ 

 

Wrangler is an enthusiast's car and the TJ series is not an exception. Good care prevents premature rust, careful handling extends the life of chassis and parts considerably. The Jeep Wrangler TJ is a problem-free, fun car for every day. 

If you don’t mind being a bit uncomfortable and don’t care about your car’s fuel consumption, it is a fun car you can use every day. You should also buy a used Wrangler from an enthusiast because these cars are special.

As a convertible SUV, Jeep Wrangler TJ needs some special equipment for protection and practicality. Jeep knows about this and they partnered up withCoverking for manufacturing custom covers and equipment. You can take a look at theircustom Jeep parts here and also you cancheck out their whole catalog here. These are the best equipment you can get for your Wrangler and you can thank us later.

 

 

As far as the covers go,Autobody Armor Car Cover is your best bet when it comes to outdoor protection. If you are lucky enough to have an indoor garage, you can use theMoving Blanket Car Cover to protect you vehicle perfectly. 

Like all convertibles, you need to take special care when it comes to the seats, otherwise they will just wear out prematurely. Coverking also helps you in that department with options like Genuine CR Neoprene Seat Covers. If you want something more special and custom, check out the special Topographic Custom Seat Covers from the Jeep collection.

 

Resources

 

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Tankut Basar

Tankut Basar is an ARA (American Rally Assoc.) Racing Driver and an FIA Bronze Category License Holder. His passion for driving began with karting like most racers. He started racing internationally at the age of 22. Tankut loves everything car-related and will keep enjoying the drive until the end.

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