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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-26-2019, 10:29 AM
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I think the answer depends on your intended use. Want a daily driver with capability to off road? 2012 and up JK or JL. Want to build a serious trail rig - LJ all the way.
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post #12 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-01-2019, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone. I need to go test drive the JL. Wish I had the $ for both but donít we all?
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For classic true Jeep style. Tj Lj is the last ďrealĒ Jeep. Parts will be getting harder to find but thereís a lot of 03-06 Tjís out there for that. Not much different in the 2 models minus the longer length.

If you are looking for something that is comfortable and has all the bells in whistles, the JL canít be beat. It looks was better than the soccer mom JK model. The JL is also a soccer mom car but itís better looking. Lol



If you want a Jeep that isnít going to be on every corner the Lj is it. I had to look for over 2 years to find a nice one. The one I just picked up only had 4K miles. Itís probably the coolest Jeep I have owned and Iíve had plenty.
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Now that I've been able to wheel the JLUR a bit, I think it's even still that much more better than the LJ.

If - and it's not actually a realistic "if" - but "if" you don't include price in the consideration, the JL is just orders of magnitude better. For everything. Including building a serious trail rig.

Again, if money weren't a concern (but it is!), I'd way rather start a serious build with a JL than a TJ. I mean, I'm sure there is something on the LJ that is better, but I can't think of anything right now. Axles, motor, trans, frame, geometry, brakes, power, economy, comfort,convenience.

I appreciate the simplicity of the LJ and the relative lack of electronics. But, at the same time, I don't find the electronics of the JL particularly daunting, either, and in fact see some distinct advantages to computerization in some areas.

I love my LJ though. It's not going anywhere and it's not sitting in the garage unused either.

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Is the JL suspension different from the JK? I was looking at a JKUR on a lift in a 4x4 shop and the guy was pointing out all of the issues doing a lift on this model.

As you point out, the simple electronics in the TJ/LJ is a huge advantage over the JK/JL, I've seen trailmates stranded due to the PCM thinking it's in a skid (or whatever it was.)

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post #16 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-23-2019, 01:35 PM
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IMO

For the $ that a JL will cost you can build a LJ that will be better off road and more dependable, 60's, linked, coilovers etc. Heck drop a LS in one and likely still under what a JL Rubicon will cost
Dependable, easier to mod and work on. Fuel MPG's same. Tight trails esp with brush LJ wins every time.

Only things the JL has is more creature comforts and tech, and additional room inside.
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^^JMHO. Too^^
Boils down to personal preference. Sounds like you sold yourself on something that smells new. 😉
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Is the JL suspension different from the JK?
The only difference I can think of is outboarded shocks. And wider axles on the Rubicon. But I haven't ever done much on a JK. Skipped that one .

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