My Wrangler Page

The TJ Wrangler

A TJ from the Internet:


So, what is the TJ all about?

The Jeep Wrangler TJ was first introduced in Spring 1996 as the new 1997 model. Featuring a coil-spring suspension for the very first time (based on the success of the Jeep Grand Cherokee) providing better ride and handling.

I bought my 1998 TJ, “Darth” [nick supplied by my daughter], in April 1999. It is a 5-speed manual transmission, 4.0 Liter Sport, in black & tan. Currently, it stands at 171,000 miles & counting. It’s getting a little long in the tooth but runs very well.

Some of “Darth’s” other features:

These features made the TRJ more comfortable than previous models:

  • Intermittent wipers
  • Cruise control
  • 4-wheel drive
  • Factory suspension

My different top configurations:

1999 Factory soft top
2001 Bikini rig
2008 2-piece hardtop

rca 2001:

This is “Darth” [circa 2006]:

We’ve had a lot of fun in “Darth” over the years:

In 2001, I said “enough of always going east for our vacation” – let’s go west instead. So, we put the bikini rig that you see in the picture on “Darth” to protect us from the western sun & provide a very little bit of security for our stuff. Off we went, diagonally from Houston to Carlsbad, NM avoiding the interstates. We went to Durango, CO, then to the 4 Corners area [Mesa Verde & Monument Valley], then down to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Our route back home took us through Fort Davis – a great 2-week adventure we still talk about.

Go here to see some of the places where “Darth” has taken us.

Here’s a taste of what 4-wheeling in a TJ is like!