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Jeep Model Codes
Jeep Codes

How To Interpret Jeep Codes / What Jeep Codes Mean
What's a CJ5? Or an XJ? How are these codes interpreted to represent various models of Jeeps? 

While Jeep owners would likely tell you, "If you don't already know, then it's not important." The truth is, even diehards had to learn how to interpret these codes for the first time. Here are the production codes that Jeep uses to differentiate between its civilian models and their years of production:

Code Descr.
CJ CiviJeep or civilian jeep
Round headlights  
CJ-2 "Agrijeep"   flat fender, low hood CJ's with L-134 engine 1948
214,760 produced
  '45-'49 flat fender, low hood, "Willys" embossed on the hood sides and windshield frame  
132,000 produced
  '46-'53 flat fender, low hood with one-piece windshield design and a vent just below it  
155,000 produced
flat front fender, high profile hood with F-134 engine  
611,000 produced
the first V-8 in a short-wheelbase utility vehicle 1973; 1974; 1975; 1978; 1979; 1984
CJ-5A     based on the M38A1 design  
50,000 produced
20 extra inches of wheelbase than a CJ-5 1973; 1975
CJ-6A     based on the M38A1 design  
379,000 produced
extra wheelbase allowed for wider variety of drivetrain modifications  1976; 1979; 1983; 1984; 1985; 1986
28,000 produced
'81-'86 "Scrambler" - 103-inch wheelbase pickup with lots of rear overhang 1981
VJ Jeepster 
Front end and drive-line from the Willy's Station Wagon; rear fenders from Jeep 
DJ  Dispatch or delivery jeep
Basic postal truck AMC 2WD  
FC Forward Control Trucks
Dual rear wheels; heavy duty suspension and brakes; vertical cutout grille; round 
SJ Full Size
Full-size Grand Wagoneers, full size Cherokees, full size trucks  
C-101 Jeepster/ Commando
Part Jeep CJ and part Jeep Wagoneer  
MJ Comanche  '84-'91 Compact pickup, Cherokee front clip   
XJ Cherokee/ Wagoneer '84- Uni-body construction  
YJ Wrangler  '87-'95 Square headlights; lower and wider than the CJ 1990; 1991; 1995; 1996
ZJ Grand Cherokee '93-'98 Uni-Body construction 1994; 1997; 1998
TJ Wrangler  '97- Round headlights, turn signals on front fenders 1997; 2000; 2002
WJ Grand Cherokee '99- More rounded than the ZJ  
KJ Liberty  '02- Uniframe body; very upright profile  
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