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. It was a new design with a wider
wheelbase, slightly less ground clearance, a galvanized body 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 trackbars and
swaybars for added handling. YJs are easily identifiable by their rectangular headlights, which were a source
of controversy when introduced. Despite the new grill, the body is very similar to the CJ7's, and it is
interchangeable with some minor modifications. Many CJ7 owners with a rusted body replace them with a
newer YJ body, they are almost cosmetically identical and the lines from the nose match up perfectly.
632,231 YJs were built through model year 1995, though YJs were still produced into mid '96 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 light. In 1994, the slave cylinder on manual transmissions was moved outside of the transmission's bellhousing to
allow for easier replacement, and in 1995 larger U-joints were used.
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