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    What were the best years for LJ models?

    Any LJ Fans out there? What were the best years for the LJ? I'm thinking about starting a vintage project and I'm just starting the research. I value this groups opinions more than that of the Interwebs.

    It's 1 Owner, 2006 NOT Rubicon, Hard Top, Auto, 140k on odometer, only ever been a daily driver, never off-road. They want 8K.

    I was thinking about stretching a JK, but seems like a lot of cost in doing so when I could start with an LJ.

    Isn't an LJ the same as the JK but longer wheel-base? I could be wrong ….
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    2006. It was the last year in production and you could get it as a Rubicon.

    That being said, I would never pay what most people want for one. Sure, they look cool but a bone stock JK or JL Rubicon will out wheel decently built up LJ any day of the week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayoflife View Post
    2006. It was the last year in production and you could get it as a Rubicon.

    That being said, I would never pay what most people want for one. Sure, they look cool but a bone stock JK or JL Rubicon will out wheel decently built up LJ any day of the week.
    For the same price or cheaper.

    And is an LJ really vintage?


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    They were only built between 2004-2006...and are getting quite expensive...

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    Quote Originally Posted by OverlanderJK View Post
    For the same price or cheaper.

    And is an LJ really vintage?
    Exactly!

    Quote Originally Posted by Brute View Post
    They were only built between 2004-2006...and are getting quite expensive...
    Crazy expensive. Sure, there weren't that many of the built but unless you're some kind of collector, there's no way I'd pay that kind of money for a Jeep I intend to use.

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    I would stretch a 2 door JK before paying the crazy money that people are asking for the LJs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayoflife View Post
    2006. It was the last year in production and you could get it as a Rubicon.

    That being said, I would never pay what most people want for one. Sure, they look cool but a bone stock JK or JL Rubicon will out wheel decently built up LJ any day of the week.
    Exactly, I love the look, but would only pay low dollar for one as a never top never doors any weather Jeep


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    [QUOTE=Heholua;1162951]I would stretch a 2 door JK before paying the crazy money that people are asking for the LJs.

    It's 1 Owner, 2006 NOT Rubicon, Hard Top, Auto, 140k on odometer, only ever been a daily driver, never off-road. They want 8K.

    I was thinking about stretching a JK, but seems like a lot of cost in doing so when I could start with an LJ.

    Isn't an LJ the same as the JK but longer wheel-base? I could be wrong ….
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    Quote Originally Posted by VerdiJeepLife View Post
    It's 1 Owner, 2006 NOT Rubicon, Hard Top, Auto, 140k on odometer, only ever been a daily driver, never off-road. They want 8K.

    I was thinking about stretching a JK, but seems like a lot of cost in doing so when I could start with an LJ.

    Isn't an LJ the same as the JK but longer wheel-base? I could be wrong ….
    8K is a good price for a non-rubicon. I you were to get it, I wouldn't be hacking it up though. It'll be worth a lot more as factory as possible.

    As far as wheeling goes, the JK frame is a MUCH better platform to work with. The LJ is still just a long TJ frame and it's nothing to write home about. Also, while the 4.0L is a nice old motor, it's OLD and far from being a 3.6L in terms of power. Having wheeled with built up LJ's running long arms and 37's, all I can say is that the could never hold a candle to a 2-door JK running short arms and 35's. Cool Jeep for sure and if you just want it because of what it is, it's a good by at 8k. But, if you want something you can really wheel, I would still start with a JK. But then, that's just me.

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