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Wrangler TJ ?

Discussion in 'Jeeps' started by RONK, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. RONK

    RONK Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 126

    I'm considering buying one as a second plow truck to do residential and light commercial.I'd want a 4.0 and would't have a problem using a manual trans.What should I be looking for in a TJ?Best years?What modifications are recommended?What plow?What are there limitations in plowing with one?Thanks.
  2. gunsworth

    gunsworth Senior Member
    Messages: 523

    there were a bunch of electrical issues in 97, a few in 98 and pretty sure they were worked out in 99. Then around 02 or 03 they got a 6 speed in place of the 5 speed manual. you really cant go wrong with any year though. and do a search for setup, theres enough around here
  3. Max Wedge

    Max Wedge Member
    Messages: 38

    If you want a 5spd, I would look for a late 01 to 04, with the NV3550 trans, which is stronger than the AX15. The 6spd has a very low torque limitation, so I have my doubts about it's longevity, but I haven't heard of any problems either. The 97 electrical problem was with the main connection to the IP. It was easily fixed, and I think there was a recall on it. I haven't heard of any electrical problems on 98-99.
    2000 also was the year it went distributorless, which I like for wet conditions. I think the 6spd was 05 or later, wasn't an option when I got my 04.
  4. martyman

    martyman Senior Member
    Messages: 281

    In the movie Christmas story they keep saying to the little boy that wants a BB gun "you're going to shoot your eye out"...with a Stick "your going to burn your clutch out" :nod:
  5. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    Just because YOU burn out clutches :cry: dont mean he will. I've plowed with clutches for 23 years NEVER Burnt one out. My Friend has been plowing with a clutch for 30 years he never burnt one out.

    But then I have a Friend that burnt one out in a car in 2 days. He only drives automatics now. I WONT lend him my jeep.
  6. RONK

    RONK Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 126

    I've plowed with a manual trans for a few years,no problems.I have an auto now but wouldn't have a problem going back,thanks for the warning though.