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Old November 9th, 2005, 10:06 PM   #1
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Default SWB Jeep Spotters Guide part 3 of 3

Here's some info obtained from www.4wd.com. Let's update this post with a GL4x4 member's rig pic for the model example.

1976-1986 CJ7


AMC expanded the Jeep reputation with the introduction of the new CJ7. The CJ7 was basically the same as the 1976-83 CJ5, but with more leg room and hauling capacity (CJ7 was 10" longer). The CJ7 also had many options not offered for the CJ5. An injection-molded hardtop was offered with full steel doors. And for the first time ever, an automatic transmission was available for a CJ. This automatic transmission was coupled to a full-time four wheel drive transfer case called Quadratrac. Packages like Convience Group and Décor were offered throughout these years, as were the previous Renegade and Levi's editions along with the new Golden Eagle and Laredo. A CJ7 Jamboree Edition was produced in 1980 to recognize Jeep Jamboree's 30th anniversary. Air conditioning and front disc brakes were available for the first time in 1977. Roll bars became standard on all domestic Jeep CJs during this time period. The track width was increased in 1982, commonly referred to as wide track, for increased stability. Fuel economy and emission standards forced AMC to offer a 4 cylinder engine in 1980 and eventually led to elimination of the V8 engine. In just over 10 years, AMC had produced nearly 400,000 CJ7s. $4299 base price in 1976.

1980-82 GM 151 cubic inch 4 cylinder engine produced 82 hp @ 4000 rpm, 125 ft. lb. torque @ 2600 rpm. 1983-86 AMC 150 cubic inch 4 cylinder engine produced 105 hp @ 5000 rpm and 132 ft. lb. torque @ 2800 rpm. 232 cubic inch in-line 6 cylinder engine produced 100 hp @ 3600 rpm and 185 ft. lb. of torque @ 1800 rpm. Horsepower and torque ratings for the 258 in-line 6 cylinder were 110 @ 3500 rpm and 195 ft. lb. @ 2000 rpm respectively (later increased to 115 hp & 210 torque). The 304 cubic inch V8 engine has 150 hp @ 4200 rpm and 245 ft. lb. of torque @ 2500 rpm (later decreased to 125 hp & 220 torque). Transmissions consisted of T150 3-speed and SR4, T18, T4, T170 4-speed and T5 5-speed manual transmissions and GM Turbo 400 and Chrysler Torqueflite 999 or 727 automatic transmissions. Dana Model 20 and 300 transfer cases were used, except with Turbo 400 automatic transmission where Quadratrac transfer case was used. Front axle was Dana Model 30, AMC Model 20 was used for rear axle and some 1986 editions have a Dana Model 44 rear axle.

Useful measurements:
94" wheelbase
149" overall length and 69" wide
81" length from door hinge to rear of vehicle
55" windshield width (windshield was sloped in relation to hood)


1981-1986 CJ8


Commonly referred to as the Scrambler. AMC's intent was to use the tried and true CJ series as a platform for a compact pickup truck. The Scrambler was introduced when the older J series pickup was still in production, but before the mid 80s Comanche was launched. The CJ8 had a 5 foot bed with a 1400 lb payload and was very popular with Jeep enthusiasts, but not the general public. The CJ8 could be purchased as a base SR model, SR sport or SL sport. 4 cylinder with 4 speed transmission were the base, but 258 6 cylinder and 5 speed or automatic transmissions could be added. All models could be fitted with half soft tops or half hard tops, full tops were not offered in the United States but were available on some export models. The spare tire was mounted to a swing away tire carrier like CJ5 and 7, but later models mounted the spare tire to the side of the roll bar. Renegade and Laredo packages replaced the SR and SL sport editions in 1985. The CJ8 is a very desirable Jeep these days, but with less than 30,000 produced they are some-what scarce. Base CJ8 in 1981 cost $7288.

1980-82 GM 151 cubic inch 4 cylinder engine produced 82 hp @ 4000 rpm, 125 ft. lb. torque @ 2600 rpm. 1983-85 AMC 150 cubic inch 4 cylinder engine produced 105 hp @ 5000 rpm and 132 ft. lb. torque @ 2800 rpm. Horsepower and torque ratings for the 258 in-line 6 cylinder were 115 @ 3200 rpm and 210 ft. lb. @ 1800 rpm respectively. Transmissions consisted of SR4, T18, T4, T170 4-speed and T5 5-speed manual transmissions Chrysler Torqueflite 999 or 727 automatic transmissions. Dana Model 300 transfer cases were used. Front axle was Dana Model 30; AMC Model 20 was used for rear axle.

Useful measurements:
104" wheelbase
173" overall length and 69" wide
81" length from door hinge to rear of vehicle
103" windshield width (windshield was sloped in relation to hood)


1987-1995 YJ


1987 marked the end of an era and the beginning of another. AMC had designed and engineered the next generation Jeep, the Wrangler. In that same year AMC was bought out by Chrysler Corporation. YJ Wrangler was a drastic change from the previous CJ models as Jeep tried to update it's image and attract new buyers. Wrangler used square headlamps, a subtle change, yet controversial with Jeep enthusiasts. The front fenders and hood also had more of a squared off look. The body was essentially the same as the CJ7 body. All Wrangler sheet metal and body parts were galvanized to prevent rust.

Wrangler could be purchased in base form or as a Laredo package in 1987. Since then the Wrangler has been offered in several different packages such as Sahara, Islander, and Renegade. Some improvements and features found on the Wrangler were improved soft top and hard top designs, lower steel half doors, modernized instrument panel, improved handling and road stability, and fuel injected engines. All totaled over 600,000 YJ Wranglers were produced into early 1996. Base price in 1987 was $9899.

A fuel injected 150 cubic inch (2.5 liter) 4 cylinder produced 117 hp @ 5000 rpm and 135 ft. lb. torque @ 3500 rpm (these figures were later increased to 123 hp and 139 torque). The 258 6 cylinder engine put-out 112 hp @ 3200 rpm and 210 ft. lb. torque @ 2000 rpm. The venerable 258 was replaced in 1991 by a fuel injected 242 cubic inch (4.0L) in-line 6 cylinder engine. 4.0L was rated at 180 hp @ 4750 rpm and 220 ft. lb. of torque @ 4000 rpm. Transmissions were AX4 4-speed transmission until 1988 and BA/10 Peugeot, AX5, & AX15 5-speed manual transmissions. Automatic transmissions available were Chrysler Torqueflite 999, 30RH, 31RH and 32RH. New Process (NP) 207 transfer case was used in early 1987, all other Wranglers use model 231. Axles were a new vacuum disconnect Dana Model 30 front and Dana Model 35 rear.

Useful measurements:
94" wheelbase
153" overall length (with spare tire) and 69" wide
81" length from door hinge to rear of vehicle
103" windshield width (windshield was sloped in relation to hood)


1997-2006 TJ


In 1996 Chrysler introduced the new Wrangler (know as TJ) as a 1997 model. Changes between this new Jeep and earlier models were evident everywhere. To start the TJ had a coil spring suspension, a radical change from the leaf spring suspensions Jeeps had used since the 40s. The front grill was shorter and used round headlamps; the turn signal lights were in the front of the fender rather than beneath the headlamps in the grill. TJ's interior resembled the Jeep Cherokee. The dash panel featured a single instrument cluster (speedometer, voltmeter, etc) grouped together directly in front of the steering wheel. Earlier Jeeps had used individual gauges spread across the dash. And perhaps the biggest interior change, the new Wrangler had dual air bags!

Soon the TJ Wrangler won over Jeep enthusiasts and attracted a record number of new Jeep owners. Ride quality along with offroad maneuverability was greatly enhanced as a result from the coil spring suspension. The soft top d

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