Jeep History, Jeep Information

Identifying Your Jeep

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I remember when I first got introduced to the world of Jeep, I had NO idea what JK, TJ, YJ and so on even meant. Sounded like a science experiment and so to help you out, I compiled a detailed list of all the past and present Jeep Wranglers.

A guide to help identify which type of Jeep vehicle you have.

Jeep JK

Wrangler JK (2007 – 2019)

Total new redesign of the Wrangler platform offering an even more improved ride and interior comfort.  Gone is the 4.0HO Inline 6 and it’s replaced with a new 3.6L V6 engine.  Plastic front fenders and grill.  Coil Sprung 5 link suspension.  95.4″ wheelbase. 5 on 5″ rim bolt pattern.  Three-Piece Modular hardtop.  Power windows and door locks options with side air curtains.


Jeep JK Unlimited

Wrangler JK Unlimited (2007 – 2019)

Total new redesign of the Wrangler platform offering an even more improved ride and interior comfort.  Gone is the 4.0HO Inline 6 and it’s replaced with a new 3.6L V6 engine.   Plastic front fenders and grill with 4 doors. Coil sprung 5 link suspension.  116″ wheelbase.  5 on 5″ rim bolt pattern. Four-piece modular hardtop. Power windows and door locks options with side air curtains.


Wrangler TJ Unlimited

Wrangler TJ Unlimited (’04 – ’06)

Windshield width 55″. Round headlights. Center Tailgate mounted spare tire carrier with brake light. The tailgate opens to the side. 103.4″ Wheelbase.  Coil spring 5 link suspension. Equipped with both driver and passenger-side airbags. 5″x4.5″ rim bolt pattern.


Wrangler/TJ (1997 - present)

Wrangler TJ (’97 – ’06)

Windshield width 55″. Round headlights. Center Tailgate mounted spare tire carrier with brake light. Tailgate opens to the side. Measures 81″ from door hinge of vehicle. 93.4″ wheelbase. Coil spring 5 link suspension. Equipped with both driver and passenger side air bags. 5″x4.5″ rim bolt pattern.


Wrangler YJ ('92-'95)

Wrangler YJ (’92 – ’95)

Same as Wrangler models ’86 1/2 – ’91 except for extended rear sport bar to accommodate rear 3 point seat belts. 93.4″ wheelbase 5″x4.5″ rim bolt pattern.


Wrangler/YJ ('86-1/2 - '91)

Wrangler YJ (’86-1/2 – ’91)

Windshield width 55″, round fender Jeep, one-piece windshield, factory roll bar with horizontal supports. Similar in design to CJ7, but with rectangular headlights and turn signal lights, and a squared off front grille. Comes with either half or full hard doors. Measures 81″ from door hinge to rear of vehicle. 93.4″ wheelbase. 5″x4.5″ rim bolt pattern.


Jeep Scrambler

CJ8 (’81 – ’85):

Windshield width 55″, round fender Jeep, one piece windshield, factory roll bar, bottom mounted windshield wipers, factory mounted door hinges, has either no windshield retainer or screw-in design. Door opening looks like a “U” rather than an inverted “S”.  CJ8 is same as basic CJ7 but with longer rear over hang and 103.5″ wheelbase. 5″x5.5″ rim bolt pattern.


CJ7 ('76 - '86)

CJ7 (’76 – ’86)

Windshield width 55″, round fender Jeep, one piece windshield, factory roll bar, bottom mounted windshield wipers, factory mounted door hinges, has either no windshield retainer or screw-in design. Door opening looks like a “U” rather than an inverted “S”.  Measures 81″ from door hinge to rear of vehicle. 93.5″ wheelbase. CJ8 is same as basic CJ7 but with longer rear over hang and 103.5″ wheelbase. 5″x5.5″ rim bolt pattern.


Jeep CJ-6

CJ6 (’55 – ’75)

Windshield width 59″, round fender Jeep, one piece windshield, no factory door hinges, windshield retainer welded on vehicle, windshield at 90° angle to hood. CJ6 is the same basic vehicle as an early model CJ5 except with an extended rear body tub and 101″ wheelbase for ’55-’71 and 103″ wheelbase for ’72-’75. 5″x5.5″ rim bolt pattern.


CJ5 ('76 - '83)

CJ5 (’76 – ’83)

Windshield width 55″, round fender Jeep, one piece windshield, factory roll bar, bottom mounted windshield wipers, factory mounted door hinges, windshield retainer screws on, sloped windshield. Measures 71 1/2″ from door hinge to rear of vehicle. 5″x5.5″ rim bolt pattern. 83.5″ wheelbase.


M38A1 ('51 - '71) & CJ5 ('55 - '75)

M38A1 (’51 – ’71) & CJ5 (’55 – ’75)

M38 with 80″ Wheelbase and CJ5 with 81″ wheelbase. Windshield width 59″, round fender Jeep, one piece windshield, no factory door hinges, windshield retainer welded on vehicle, windshield at 90° angle to hood. CJ6 is the same basic vehicle as an early model CJ5 except with an extended rear body tub and 101″ wheelbase for ’55-’71 and 103″ wheelbase for ’72-’75. 5″x5.5″ rim bolt pattern.


CJ3B ('53 - '64)

CJ3B (’53 – ’64)

Windshield height 22 1/2″, hood height 10 1/2″ (fender to top of hood), one-piece windshield, has tailgate, bottom mounted windshield wipers, side mounted tire carrier (factory). 5″x5.5″ rim bolt pattern. 80″ Wheelbase.


CJ3A & M38 ('48 - '53)

CJ3A & M38 (’48 – ’53)

Windshield height 27″, flat fenders, one piece windshield, vent in middle of windshield (factory), bottom mounted windshield wipers, hood height 6″ (fender to top of hood). 5″x5.5″ rim bolt pattern. 80″ Wheelbase.


CJ2A & M38 ('46 - '49)

CJ2A & M38 (’46 – ’49)

Windshield height 25″, flat fenders, split windshield, has tailgate, top mounted windshield wipers, side mounted spare tire (factory), hood height 6″ (fender to top of hood). 5″x5.5″ rim bolt pattern. 80″ Wheelbase.


MB ('41 - '45)

Willys MB & Ford GPW (’41 – ’45)

Windshield height 23″, flat fenders, split windshield, no tailgate, recessed headlights top mounted windshield wipers, rear mounted spare tire (factory), hood height 6″ (fender to top of hood). 5″x5.5″ rim bolt pattern. 80″ Wheelbase. The Willys chassis front cross-member is tubular, while the Ford GPW is an inverted U shape.  The GPW tends to also have a Scripted F on all sub assemblies and bolts if factory.


Jeep Commando

Jeep Commando C104(’72 – ’73): 

Jeep roadster with either a full soft top, a half hardtop forming a truck.  Wheel base is 104″ forming the model number.  AMC strayed away from the traditional Jeep front end design. Often mistaken for an International Harvester or Ford Bronco.


Jeepster Commando

Jeepster Commando C101(’67 – ’71): 

Jeep roadster with either a full soft top, a half hardtop forming a truck.  Wheel base is 101″ forming the model number.


Jeepster

Jeepster VJ(’48 – ’51): 

2wd convertable sports car Jeep produced by Willys Overland on the 4-63 chassis (Willys 4×2 wagon).


Dispatch Jeep

Dispatch Jeep DJ5 & DJ6 (’65 -‘ 82):

The DJ-5 was introduced in 1965 which is the postal Jeep most people are familiar with today. They also produced a long version from 1965 until 1968, the DJ-6. The DJ-5 was made by Jeep into the early 70s and production continued under AM General till 1982.  All DJ models were 2wd.


Dispatch Jeep

Dispatch Jeep DJ3 (’56 – ’65):

The DJ-3A was a flat fender postal Jeep similar to the CJ-3A except it was two wheel drive. It was produced from 1956 until 1965. All DJ models were 2wd. 

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