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Jeep Wrangler 1986, Jeep/suv 3-door, 1 generation, YJ (03.1986 – 05.1996) – specifications and equipment

Replacing the old generation open-top CJ, the new Jeep Wrangler YJ was one of the most reliable and comfortable models in the Jeep lineup. It inherits many commonalities in handling, braking system, axles, manual transmission and many other aspects with the Cherokee and Wagoneer models.

The Wrangler YJ, often referred to simply as the YJ, kept the spirit of its CJ predecessor in its design, but had its own features such as square headlights, a low center of gravity, and solid protection in the form of roll bars on the side and front seats. These details made the Wrangler YJ more stable on the road and reduced body lean when cornering.

The interior of the car was updated: simple control knobs and metal dashboard were a thing of the past. The new Wrangler YJ was equipped with a modern dashboard with four gauges as standard equipment. The front seats became more comfortable, but the lower seats remained short and narrow.

The rear cabin lacked an excess of legroom for passengers, partly due to the lack of adjustment of the right front seat. However, access to the rear seats was facilitated by the folding front seats. If cargo needed to be transported, the rear seats could also be folded down, increasing cargo space.

Depending on the choice, buyers could get the Wrangler YJ with two types of engines: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder or a 4.2-liter inline six-cylinder. In both cases, a standard 5-speed manual transmission was fitted.

In 1996, however, production of the Wrangler YJ was ended and the Wrangler TJ replaced it, keeping the legendary heritage while adding new refinements.


Jeep Wrangler CJ-5 1945-1986.
01.86 Jeep Wrangler YJ
01.89 Replacement of NP207 transmission with NP231.
01.93 On 4.0-liter versions ABS installation on order
01.94 Automatic transmission offered for the 2.5-liter version as well
03.97 Wrangler YJ production discontinued
Jeep Wrangter TJ c 1997


  • 2.5L 5MT AWD (119 HP)
  • 4.0L 3AT AWD (184 HP)
  • 4.0L 5MT AWD (184 HP)
  • 4.2L 3AT AWD (114 HP)
  • 4.2L 5MT AWD (114 HP)

1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996