Jeep Wrangler TJ
The YJ gave way to the Jeep TJ for the 1997 model year.
Introduced in mid 1996 as a 1997 model this updated
Wrangler featured a coil-spring suspension (based on that of the Jeep
Grand Cherokee) for better ride and handling, and a return to the CJ's
iconic round headlamps. The engine is the same 4.0 L AMC Straight-6 used
in the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee. A 2.5 L AMC Inline-4 motor was
available on entry-level models until 2003 when the 2.4 L DOHC Neon
4-cylinder engine replaced it.
Other changes included the 1999
additions of a larger standard fuel tank, child seat tethers and sound
system improvements in 2000, and intermittent wipers, a new console, and
an optional locking compartment for 2001.
The TJ comes with the 2.5L engine standard and the 4.0L optionally.
The AX-5 is used with the 2.5L engine and the AX-15
is used with the 4.0L engine. Two 3 speed automatics are optional, the
TF 904 comes with the 2.5L engine and the TF 999 comes with the 4.0L
The NP-231 (or NV for New Venture) transfer case
comes with all models.
The front axle is a reverse cut Dana 30 and the
rear axle is a Dana 35c and the Dana 44 is the optional rear axle.