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Old 01-31-2015, 11:31 AM
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Can't decide. TJ or LJ??

Hi there. LOOONG story short, my initial idea to purchase a 2015 Wrangler has been put on hold indefinitely. Now I'm simply looking for an older jeep till I get back on my feet (thinking I'll hold out for a 2016 now). So the two that I'm looking at are a silver 06 TJ Rubicon. The other is a brownish 05 LJ Sport. Both are soft top with the 6 speed manual and the I6, both are VERY close in mileage and in price.

The main thing is that I don't know much about the LJs. I think they look kind of goofy with their tops on, but without one they look amazing! In terms of space, I don't absolutely need it, but at the same time it would be nice to be able to fit more people/stuff in the back a little easier. The fact that the regular TJ is a Rubicon is a nice incentive, but I wouldn't mind driving a slightly more unique jeep even if it is a sport.

Yeah, any input on this would be hugely appreciated. I'm having a hard enough time deciding between them as it is.

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Re: Can't decide. TJ or LJ??

Man, that's a tough call...and I think the answer comes down to this: how hard will you wheel it? If you expect to spend some time offroad, and like to push your limits, then I'd go with the Rubicon. If it's likely that 90% of your driving will be on pavement with the Offroad driving consisting of 2-tracks and mild trails, with an occasional hard trail ride, then I'd suggest getting the LJ and modding as needed.

Keeping in mind that the TJ platform is lighter weight and a bit less "big tire friendly" than the JK... You can build without as much need for huge components. (Suspension and axle failures will almost always come down to stress caused by weight, tire size, or engine power).

You can always add bigger axles, lockers, deeper gearing, etc to an LJ, but stretching a TJ Rubicon for extra space is a bit more difficult.

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