Automan2164 Posted December 4, 2010 Share Posted December 4, 2010 There has been quite a few inquiries on the reason for the registry, and I would like to take this time to answer some. The biggest has been why do we register... I believe there are many reasons to register. One of the best is vehicle tracking. It lets us keep track of how many MJ's are somewhat still out there. Ideally, every member here would register every MJ we find. Junkyards, parking lots, our own. Then we can try to track trends. As we can already tell, the most registered MJ in there is the '88. Which is cool, because it follows with the '88 being the year with the biggest production number. I would also say its a good tool to see an average on longbeds/shorts, Eliminators... Etc... Just as the '88's proved the same, with a big enough sample group, we could estimate the percentages of what/which packages were made for each year. We will have holes, obviously, as MJ's have been getting junked and parted out since they started being sold in dealers, but we can make some good calculations. If you've noticed, if you match up some of the closer VIN's in the same year with leaving out the serial number (last 6 digits), you will end up finding similar trucks. The VIN will tell you the length of the bed, the engine and trans combo, 4x4/2WD, and column shift or floor shift auto. They will also identify the package in the VIN. With enough time and looking at them, like myself, you'll be able to walk up, and tell the year and the package just by the sequence. The most important reason would be to nail down the last/first few MJ's. This is the No. 1 reason for me. In an ideal world, Chrysler would let me have a Dealer Connect password, and I would decode everyone's VIN's for you and be able to tell you when your truck was made, where the original dealer was, and all the fun junk. So far, I think the last 3 I know of are 4/23/92 (STERLING STINGER's '92) 4/24/92 (My Green Eliminator), and 5/3/92 (Members name escapes me). I strongly urge anyone with a '92 to register it, and all to register any '92's we find. It would be awesome to find the member with the oldest '86 too. If you want to know your exact build date, just call your local Jeep dealer, and ask for the parts department. Give them your VIN, and they should be able to look it up. I know we have a few members that work for Chrysler, and have the access to Dealer Connect, but I don't want everyone to start hassling them for the info. Anywho, I think that covers the biggest reasons... Rob L. :cheers: Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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