Jeep Wrangler YJ Parts and Jeep Wrangler YJ Accessories
Jeep Wrangler YJ
- While the Jeep CJ series was much loved for its utilitarian characteristics, there came a time for a change when the market started leaning towards compact 4WDs that can also be used as daily drivers. The Spartan design of the CJ and not-so-comfortable ride on the street didn’t appeal to the crowd who aimed for comfort during commutes. AMC then decided to discontinue the CJ series production in 1986 and introduce the 1987 Jeep Wrangler YJ as its replacement.
- The Wrangler YJ was designed to mix in the good qualities of its predecessor, the CJ-7, with improved ride quality and passenger car comfort. The YJ was made to be more comfortable on the road, making it a good daily driver as well. Still, the then-new Jeep Wrangler held on to the off-road capabilities and durability of the CJ series.
- Aside from improved comfort and ride quality, AMC also tried to enhance the Wrangler’s appearance. The then-new design featured a wider track and less ground clearance. The YJ also sported a new grille and a larger windshield. The rectangular headlights gave it quite a distinct look. It still retained the leaf spring suspension in the CJ, but it used wider springs and had track bars and sway bars for smoother handling.
- The YJ was a factory designation, a name derived from an engineering code. However, some would like to think that the YJ stands for Yuppie Jeep or Young Jeep because of its design. They said that this Jeep was meant for younger potential Jeep buyers who don’t really pay too much attention to off-road prowess.
- The Jeep Wrangler later on became a status symbol, not only for off-road enthusiasts but also for young professionals, women, and students. The Wrangler now has a broader market reach because of the changes made to improve ride comfort, especially for street use.
- Jeep traditionalists didn’t easily fall deep in love with this new model. There was a mix reaction when the YJ first came out because of the striking changes made, specifically the rectangular headlights. But over time, it did earn its own stripes among old-timers and new-generation Jeep enthusiasts.