HowStuffWorks “1997 TJ Jeep Wrangler Specifications”

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The hoodline was lowered by an inch, and the windshield, which was moved inches forward at its base, sat at a angle. Hood hinges and remained exposed, but were now with the surrounding metal.

lamps moved from the face to the front of each

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Under the skin of the Jeep TJ Wrangler was a roomier and all-coil suspension.

Once again, Jeep came with a folding top and an available plastic hardtop. The canvas top now folded more a traditional convertible roof and claimed it could be lowered in the time needed for the old one.

rear side windows no longer removable, but the fabric top be lowered and left in place the optional hard-top installed over it. Jeep claimed the new removable plastic door for soft-top models reduced noise at highway speeds.

SE, midlevel Sport, and upscale models went on sale. A SE stickered for $13,470, while a brought $19,210.

Engines basically the same as in the prior The 2.5-liter, overhead-valve four-cylinder 120 horsepower at 5,400 rpm. for smoother running and better torque, it produced three horse-power than before, but one pound-foot of torque.

Standard on the Sport and Sahara, the inline six-cylinder engine 181 horse-power at 4,600 rpm, and 222 at 2,800 revs. Horsepower was up by torque by two, though the now peaked 1,200 rpm earlier before. New aluminum pistons, a block, and a revised cam profile the foremost changes. Six-cylinder could tow exactly one ton.

capacity continued at 800 pounds.

A manual transmission was standard, a automatic optional. Standard four-wheel drive was a part-time not for use on dry pavement. Equipped with front hubs, it could be while on the move between drive and four-wheel high.

A transfer case lever selected the four-wheel drive low Options included a limited-slip rear differential and a Dana 44 axle. Six-cylinder Wranglers be ordered with four-wheel braking, which again in both two- and four-wheel

Wranglers seated up to four, two front bucket seats and a folding/removable rear bench offered six more inches of hip thanks to the new rear suspension The front passenger seat had a new mechanism to ease entry the rear seats. Upholstery was in vinyl or cloth, depending on the

Round analog gauges-including a sat in the redesigned dashboard, but instruments now grouped ahead of the driver of strung out along the dashboard The climate system was now integrated a central panel, whereas air conditioner outlets hung the dash. A full locking was installed.

An optional full console on Sahara) had two cupholders and a deep bin.

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Wipers now parked at the base when not in use, than right on the glass, for an view of the road. The former foot pedal was replaced by a between the seats. Door map contained wash-out slots, and could still be removed to down the Wrangler’s interior a muddy days’ work-or

Ride quality and ergonomics as the biggest improvements. Though not truly comfortable, the TJ Wrangler well ahead of its predecessors in pleasantness. According to Consumer . the new suspension was far more absorbent, but reacted abruptly to dips and

Sharper steering helped the Wrangler more responsive and with less correction to stay on course.

Both engines felt though not really, stronger, and the transmission sapped a lot of energy. Gas was unimpressive. Consumer Guide averaged 19.3 mpg in mixed including some off-roading, a five-speed Sahara. Considerable noise was noted where the met the windshield frame.

Doors poorly with the canvas which fluttered. Meanwhile, the drummed at highway speeds.

Two no longer sat shoulder-to-shoulder in the back but the cushion and backrest were hard and short. The digital became invisible in sunlight, and space was modest unless the seat was folded or removed.

Jeep’s claims of easier erecting the top still turned an ordeal of struggling with and plastic fittings. Still, Guide declared the Wrangler more refined in this new and thus much closer to everyday transportation.

In an eight-vehicle trial dubbed of Filth, Car and Driver noted a Wrangler Sport proved at telegraphing how much traction was available to each front in a nasty dry wash. C/D also the Wrangler’s cement-mixer ride, noise [and] amenities find in a county lockup.

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