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First time here, thanks.
I just recently bought a 2015 Jeep Cherokee and I as I read to some of the threads I see a lot of acronyms like XJ etc. what do they mean? Sorry for the dumb question and thanks for your answers.
 

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Welcome to the forum. You are right, we throw around some terms because we are familiar with stuff and it is easier to type two letters instead of the full name. Since the end of World War II (WWII) Jeep has used short two letter designations for various models. First was CJ (civililan Jeep) in 2-10 variants, FSJ the full size Wagoneer, but there is more than I can keep track of. So I will copy and paste this for you:

  • JK – Wrangler 2007 – prese
  • LJ – Wrangler Unlimited 2003 – 2006
  • TJ – Wrangler 1997 – 2006
  • YJ – Wrangler 1987 – 1995
  • CJ – Civilian Jeep 1955 – 1986
  • KL - Cherokee 2014 - present
  • XJ – Cherokee/Wagoneer (Unibody only) 1984 – 2001
  • WK2 – Grand Cherokee 2010 – present
  • WK – Grand Cherokee 2005 – 2010
  • WJ – Grand Cherokee 1999 – 2004
  • ZJ – Grand Cherokee 1993 – 1998
  • KK – Liberty 2008 – 2013
  • KJ – Liberty 2002 – 2007
  • MK - Patriot 2007 - present
  • XK – Commander 2006 – 2010
  • MJ – Comanche 1986 – 1993
  • VJ – Jeepster 1948 – 1950
  • DJ – Dispatch or delivery Jeep 1955 – 1985 (Willys/Kaiser/AMC/AM General)
  • FC – Forward control trucks 1956 – 1964
  • SJ – Full size 1963 – 1992 (SJ Grand Wagoneer, SJ Cherokee and SJ truck)
  • C101 - Jeepster Commando - 1966 - 1971
  • C104 - Jeep Commando - 1972 - 1973
So after all that, most of us here in this forum have older Jeeps. Mine in the avatar for instance have an XJ. The Grand Cherokee for those years is the ZJ. That turned into the WJ. After that the W was retained and in 2005 it was then WK then WK2 in 2011 to present. Hope this helps
 
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Welcome to the forum. You are right, we throw around some terms because we are familiar with stuff and it is easier to type two letters instead of the full name. Since the end of World War II (WWII) Jeep has used short two letter designations for various models. First was CJ (civililan Jeep) in 2-10 variants, FSJ the full size Wagoneer, but there is more than I can keep track of. So I will copy and paste this for you:

  • JK – Wrangler 2007 – prese
  • LJ – Wrangler Unlimited 2003 – 2006
  • TJ – Wrangler 1997 – 2006
  • YJ – Wrangler 1987 – 1995
  • CJ – Civilian Jeep 1955 – 1986
  • KL - Cherokee 2014 - present
  • XJ – Cherokee/Wagoneer (Unibody only) 1984 – 2001
  • WK2 – Grand Cherokee 2010 – present
  • WK – Grand Cherokee 2005 – 2010
  • WJ – Grand Cherokee 1999 – 2004
  • ZJ – Grand Cherokee 1993 – 1998
  • KK – Liberty 2008 – 2013
  • KJ – Liberty 2002 – 2007
  • MK - Patriot 2007 - present
  • XK – Commander 2006 – 2010
  • MJ – Comanche 1986 – 1993
  • VJ – Jeepster 1948 – 1950
  • DJ – Dispatch or delivery Jeep 1955 – 1985 (Willys/Kaiser/AMC/AM General)
  • FC – Forward control trucks 1956 – 1964
  • SJ – Full size 1963 – 1992 (SJ Grand Wagoneer, SJ Cherokee and SJ truck)
  • C101 - Jeepster Commando - 1966 - 1971
  • C104 - Jeep Commando - 1972 - 1973
So after all that, most of us here in this forum have older Jeeps. Mine in the avatar for instance have an XJ. The Grand Cherokee for those years is the ZJ. That turned into the WJ. After that the W was retained and in 2005 it was then WK then WK2 in 2011 to present. Hope this helps
 

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Off roading is fun, been doing it since the days of CJs. Just a suggestion for you. There are two kinds of Jeeps in our little corner of the world. Those with straight front axles and independent front suspension (IFS). Another acronym to learn. The last Jeeps with a straight front axle is the WJ ending in 2004 for the full bodied rigs. Wranglers JK, JL, JT still have them. What invariably happens is that the off road bug bites you and you start making improvements in off road performance. IFS rigs are more limited in what is available, and more expensive to modify
 
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