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Jeep Wrangler YJ (1987–1995)
||Beijing-Jeep BJ 2024
Jeep Sahara (Iran)
||Toledo, Ohio, United States
||2.5 L AMC 150 I4
4.2 L AMC 258 I6
4.0 L AMC 242 I6
||Aisin AX-5 (4 cyl)
Aisin AX-15 (6 cyl)
Peugeot BA-10 (6 cyl)
3-speed TorqueFlite (6 cyl only) automatic The TF904 was in the I4 (only in 1994, 1995) and the TF999 was in the I6
||93.4 in (2,370 mm)
||1987-89: 152.6 in (3,880 mm)
1990-92: 153 in (3,900 mm)
1993-95: 151.9 in (3,860 mm)
||66 in (170 cm)
||1993-95: 71.9 in (1,830 mm)
1987–1992 soft-top: 72 in (1,800 mm)
1987–1992 hardtop: 69.6 in (1,770 mm)
The Jeep YJ, sold as the Wrangler, replaced the much-loved but slower-selling Jeep CJ in 1987 and was built in Brampton, Ontario, Canada,
until the plant closed on April 23, 1992. Production was then moved to
Toledo, Ohio, using the same plant that produced the Willys Jeeps back
in WWII. The American Motors Corporation (AMC) had designed the new jeep
to be more comfortable on-road in an attempt to attract more daily
drivers. It was a new design with a wider track, slightly less ground clearance, and more comfort. The YJ also had a leaf spring suspension
similar to that of the CJ; however, the springs were wider, and the YJs
sported track bars and sway bars for improved handling. Despite the new
grill, the body is very similar to the CJ7's, and it is interchangeable
with some minor modifications. The YJ also was given a larger windshield
over the CJ. The YJs are easily identifiable due to the rectangular
headlights, disliked by some Jeep
aficionados, and the fact that the wiper blades rest on the windshield
giving this version a distinctive look. The blades rested on the
windshield due to the now wider arc of the blades to clean the larger
windshield. These two changes were later removed when the TJ changes
came about in 1996. 632,231 YJs were built through model year 1995,
although YJs were still produced into mid-1996, bringing the total
production number to 685,071 units.
The YJ used a 2.5 L AMC 150 I4 or optional 4.2 L AMC 258 I6 until 1991. That year, a fuel-injected 180 hp (134 kW) 4.0 L AMC 242 variant replaced the 112 hp (84 kW) 4.2 L 258 CID straight-6. The NP207 transfer case was used only in 1987 and replaced by the NP231
The roll cage was extended in 1992 to allow for rear shoulder belts, and anti-lock brakes were added as an option the next year. An automatic transmission option for 4-cylinder Wranglers came in 1994, along with a center high-mounted stop lamp.
In 1994, the slave cylinder on manual transmissions was moved outside
of the transmission's bell housing to allow for easier replacement, and
in 1995 the Dana 30
larger U-joints were used [front axle U-joints (297x) and rear pinion
U-joint (1330)]. For the 1992 model year, the YJ switched over to an
electronic speedometer outmoding the cable speedos on older YJs. 1995
was the only year to have a fully galvanized frame and body.
There were no 1996 model year Jeep Wranglers.
YJs produced in early 1996 were sold as 1995 model years, but featured a
few new parts not seen on any earlier YJ. This included the new TJ bump stops on the hood (rubber boots vs the traditional U-bars),
reinforced tailgate hinges, and some even had rear TJ bumpers. Some also
got the newly tuned I6 that was designed to run quieter in preparation
for the TJ.
Top options for YJ were the same as those offered on TJ. A Soft top
with "half doors", featuring soft plastic zipper windows came standard
(windows could be removed completely from these doors). Full frames
doors with conventional glass windows were optional on soft-top models.
Hard tops with rear wiper and defroster were optional, but came standard
with full framed doors. YJ featured large mirrors with manually
adjustable arms on half door models, while full framed doors received
smaller adjustable mirrors with fixed arms (which were mounted further
away from the door corner, compared to the larger style mirrors).
Depending on year and interior color, Jeeps could be had with the top
colors in black, white, tan and gray. Roll bar padding normally matched
top color, with the exception of white tops.
YJ Wrangler Islander
From 1988 until 1993, Jeep produced an options package known as the
"Islander". Several colors were offered, such as Bright Red, Sunset
Yellow, Teal, and White, and both engines were offered. Features of the
package are as follows:
- Body color wheel flares and side steps
- Sunset graphics on lower body and hood
- Islander logo on front fenders and spare tire cover
- 20 gallon fuel tank
- Gray interior and high back leather seats
- Optional 5-spoke Alloy Wheels
- Floor carpeting
- Center console with cup holders
- Full or half doors
From 1991 until 1994, Jeep produced an options package on the YJ
Wrangler listed as the "Renegade Decor Group". Initially, all Renegades
were White, Black or Red. In 1992, Blue was added, in 1993, Bronze. The
Renegade Decor Group was a $4,266.00 option over a base Wrangler in 1991
and included special alloy wheels, exclusive body flares, along with
many other features.
Contents of the Renegade Decor Package
- 4.0 Liter (242 CID) I-6 Engine
- 29x9.5R15 LT OWL Wrangler A/T Tires
- 5-hole aluminum wheels, 8 inches wide
- Full size spare tire
- Highback seats with Trail cloth Fabric
- Off-Road Gas Shocks
- Power steering
- Fog lamps (integrated into the front fenders)
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Renegade striping (door letters)
- Floor carpeting (full width, and on insides of body tub)
- Floor mats, front
- Extra capacity fuel tank (20 US gal.)
- Color keyed fender flares with integrated body side steps
- Front and rear bumperettes (plastic)
- Center console with cup holders
- Courtesy and engine compartment lights
- Interval wipers
- Glove box lock
A hardtop was a $923.00 option and came with a mandatory rear window
defroster at a $164.00 premium. Although soft-top models came standard
with "half doors", full framed doors with glass windows were an option.
Renegades typically had the tilt steering wheel ($130.00) and an
AM/FM/cassette stereo radio ($264.00). A column shift automatic was also
an available option, but it was not popular. While a base Wrangler with
the inline-6 went for $12,356.00, the Renegade package pushed that
price up to $18,588.00 in 1991.
These vehicles were sent as optioned Wranglers to Auto Style Cars in Detroit,
where the Renegade Decor Package was installed, then shipped back to
Jeep for delivery to dealers. Renegades all have a small sticker on the
driver's side door, right above the latch denoting the visit to ASC.
At the price premium over a standard Wrangler, sales were fairly
limited, so finding one today is a semi-rare occurrence. The price, plus
what hardcore Jeepers felt were "funny looking plastic fenders" limited
the sales. Although having nearly identical off-road capabilities,
these Jeeps were typically used as "beach cruisers" due to their premium
price and rarity, as well as because their over sized flares and body
cladding were not necessarily designed for the abuse that tree branches
and over-sized tires can often cause.
North American YJ/Wranglers were available in the following standard trims.
- Base: also referred to as "S" & "SE" at different points in the
model run; first few years the back seat and rear bumperettes were
optional, some years the 6cyl engine was an option, other years only the
4cyl was available in the "Base" model.
- Laredo Chrome grille, bumpers, and trim, hard top and hard full
doors, tinted windows, faux leather interior, body color fender flares
and alloy wheels)
- Islander: which included "Sunset" Islander graphics and body colored wheel flares
- Sport: which featured "sport" graphics and, beginning in 1991, a 4.0 L 242 CID inline-6-cylinder engine
- Sahara: which came standard with most available options, including
body color fender flares and alloy wheels, also included with the Sahara
edition are special green trail-cloth seats with storage pockets,
interior door panels with pockets, front bumper mounted fog lamps, and
plastic ends on the front bumper)
- Renegade: which ran until 1994, and featured a similar option
package as Sahara, but added premium wheels, deluxe interior group as
well as oversized "Renegade" wheel flares and body cladding with
integrated fog/off road lamps.
- Rio Grande (Available in champagne gold, moss green and white and,
(rarely seen) Bright Mango; with a Pueblo themed interior trim package.
This trim was only available in 1995, and was added to spice up the base
4-cylinder Wrangler 'S' models