Jeep Models


The 2007 model year was a complete redesign, with now a two- and four-door model. The new JK platform replaced the now 10 model year old Jeep TJ Wrangler. The new Jeep Wrangler JKs are known as JK Wrangler (2-door) and JK Wrangler Unlimited (4-door). The new models were in instant hit with the Jeep audience and a whole new group of customers were drawn to the longer wheelbase Unlimited. There was only one engine available, the 3.8L V6 which had enough horsepower for the two-door but was somewhat under powered for the four-door model. Luckily there are many aftermarket products available to give the Jeep additional power, like intakes, chips and exhaust systems. The new Wranglers saw production numbers shooting over the 100,000 for the first time in decades.


The new redesigned Jeep Wrangler TJ saw the return of the round headlights, a relief for the long-time Jeep aficionados who never took to the rectangular headlights on the YJ Wrangler. This put an end to the “crusade” Jeepers had started, “Real Jeep Have Round Headlights”. The Jeep TJ Wrangler also introduced the use of a coil-spring suspension for the first time. Although it caused some commentary initially, the Jeep owners soon found that the new suspension had better on and off-road capabilities. The new suspension allowed for an additional 7” in articulation. In 2003 Jeep introduced the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon which featured front and rear Dana 44 axles, air-actuated lockers, 4:1 low-range transfer case, 4.10:1 ring & pinion set and more, ready to on the Rubicon Trail out of the gate. In 2004 Jeep added a slightly longer version of the TJ, called Unlimited and nicknamed by the Jeep community LJ.


SUVs became popular in the 90s, but Jeep was way ahead of the market with vehicles like the Grand Wagoneer and the Cherokee. From ’84-’01 one of the most popular vehicles was the Jeep Cherokee XJ. Introduced in 1984 as the XJ Wagoneer, the larger Cherokee was renamed Grand Wagoneer. The Jeep Cherokee XJ remains a popular vehicle with the off-road enthusiasts due to its off-roading capability in stock configuration. Due to this popularity a strong aftermarket support has grown to a sizable industry with products like lift kits, wheels, tires, bumpers, performance enhancements, etc.