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I've got a pritty well finished and accurate XJ list done, now it's time to do the MJ. I however am going to need some help with this one to verify that it's 100% accurate.

 

Thier are 17 digits in the vin. Once we have this finished I will make a nice easy-to-read table.

 

1 - Country of Manufacture - 1 = USA / 2 = Canada

2 - Manufacturer - J = Jeep Corporation / B = Jeep Canada

3 - Vehicle Type - T = Truck

4 - Engines -

 

B = 2.1L 4 Cyl, Turbo Diesel

E = 2.46L, 4 Cyl, 1-B Carb

H = 2.46L, 4 Cyl, TBI

M = 4.0L, I-6, MPI

Y = 2.46L, 4 Cyl, 1-B Carb

 

5 - Powertrain -

 

E = 3-speed automatic, column gear shift, part time 4 W/D

F = 5-speed manual, floor gear shift, part time 4 W/D

G = 4-speed automatic, column gear shift, 2 W/D

J = 3-speed automatic, column gear shift, Select-Trac/ 4 W/D

L = 5-speed manual, floor gear shift, part time 4 W/D

M = 4-speed manual, floor gear shift, part time 4 W/D

P = 4-speed automatic, column gear shift, part time 4 W/D

R = 4-speed automatic, floor gear shift, part time 4 W/D

S = 4-speed manual, floor gear shift, 2 W/D

T = 4-speed automatic, floor gear shift, Select-Trac/ 4 W/D

U = 4-speed automatic, floor gear shift, 2 W/D

V = 5-speed manual, floor gear shift, part time 4 W/D

W = 5-speed manual, floor gear shift, 2 W/D

X = 4-speed manual, floor gear shift, part time 4 W/D

Y = 4-speed manual, floor gear shift, part time 4 W/D

Z = 3-speed automatic, column gear shift, part time 4 W/D

 

6/7 - Body Type -

 

63 = Jeep Comanche, 4-W/D Pickup, 6.0" bed, 113" wheel base

64 = Jeep Comanche, 2-W/D Pickup, 6.0" bed, 113" wheel base

65 = Jeep Comanche, 4-W/D Pickup, 7.0" bed, 120" wheel base

66 = Jeep Comanche, 2-W/D Pickup, 7.0" bed, 120" wheel base

 

8 - Gross Vehicle Weight -

 

F = 5001# - 6000# Comanche, Base, Metric Ton, Big Ton / Comanche, Custom, Metric Ton, Big Ton

P = 4001# - 5000# Comanche Pioneer

R = 5001# - 6000# Comanche Pioneer, Metric Ton, Big Ton

S = 4001# - 5000# Comanche Chief

T = 4001# - 5000# Comanche Laredo

U = 5001# - 6000# Comanche Laredo, Metric Ton, Big Ton

1 = 4001# - 5000# Comanche Base

5 = 4001# - 5000# Comanche Eliminator

 

9 - Check Digit - a single character, alpha or numeric entry

10 - Year -

 

E = 1984

F = 1985

G = 1986

H = 1987

J = 1988

K = 1989

 

11 - Plant Location -

 

J = Brampton, Ontario, Canada

L = Toledo, Ohio Plant No. 1

P = Toledo, Ohio Plant No. 2

T = Toledo, Ohio

 

12 - Sequential Serial Number

13 - Sequential Serial Number

14 - Sequential Serial Number

15 - Sequential Serial Number

16 - Sequential Serial Number

17 - Sequential Serial Number

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I need help with the following:

 

Digit 1 - Can anyone confirm that the MJ was ever made in Canada?

 

Digit 2 - See above

 

Digit 4 - Anyone know the difference between the E and I motors? Also does anyone have the code for the V6?

 

Digit 5 - Anyone know of all those listed, what one's the MJ actually received?

 

Digit 10 - This one should be easy, anyone have the remaining MJ production year letters?

 

Digit 11 - Anyone confirm that the MJ was ever made in more than 1 plant? I guess it also relates to digit 1/2.

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little help for you(or mabe just more confusion)

 

'86 lwb, xls, v6, 3speed column shift, command trac, 1jtwe6597gtxxxxxx

'90 swb, eliminator, i6, 5speed manual, command trac, 1j7fj66l3llxxxxxx

 

the '86 seems to check out for the most part but the '90 is another story unless this only works up to 89

 

3- 7=truck?

4 - f should be an m

5 - j could be a f, l or v

6/7 - 66 should be a 63

8 - l not listed

9 - l for a 90 looks corect

 

boy...now I'm confused

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Don't forget that the system changed when Chrysler took over. Forget the articles that say the take-over was in 1987. That may have been when they shook hands, but my 1988 Cherokee was bought new and delivered in January of 1988. ALL the papers say AMC/Jeep/Renault. The Chrysler stuff didn't take effect until around March or April of 1988 with regard to warranty support by factory reps, etc. The actual production changes, as we know, didn't start showing up until the 1991 model year.

 

I have the original MJ FSM, which includes only the 4-banger and the V6, so it's from 1986.

 

First digit = lists only '1' indicating United States as manufacturing country.

 

2nd digit = J for Jeep Corporation

 

3rd digit = Type 'T' for truck

 

4th digit = Engine type

.....H = 2.46L TBI 4-cyl

.....U = 2.46L carbureted 4-cyl

.....W = 2.8L V6

.....B = 2.1L Turbo diesel

 

5th digit = Transmission/transfer case

.....L = 5 spd manual floor shift / part time

.....X = 4 spd manual floor shift / part time

.....B = Auto floor shift / part time

.....C = Auto floor shift / full time

.....S = 4 spd manual floor shift / 2WD

.....D = Auto floor shift / 2WD

.....W = 5 spd manual floor shift / 2WD

.....E = Auto col shift / part time

.....J = Auto col shift / full time

.....A = Auto col shift / 2WD

 

6th & 7th digit = Series

.....65 = 4WD Comanche

.....66 = 2WD Comanche

 

8th digit = trim package

.....7 = X

.....8 = XL

.....9 = XLS

.....F = Custom (metric Ton Pkg)

.....G = X (Metric Ton Pkg)

.....H = XL (Metric Ton Pkg)

.....J = XLS (Metric Ton Pkg)

 

9th digit = check digit

 

10th digit = year of manufacture

.....G = 1986

 

11th digit = Plant of Manufacture (shows only T for Toledo)

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1J7FT66L4KL******

 

'89 4.0 mpi 5speed ax15 2wd short bed Eliminator

 

My FSM for the '89 model tells me this is what I have.

 

Here's more from the FSM.

 

1st digit: Country 1=US, 2=Canada

 

2nd digit: letter J=Jeep

 

3rd Digit: number for Vehicle type, 7=truck (4=MPV, 6=incomplete=cab and chassis?)

 

4th digit: letter for GVRW, F=4001-5000 (E=3001-4000, G=5001-6000, H=6001-7001)

 

5th digit: letter for vehicle line, T=Comanche 2wd (J=Comanche 4wd)

 

6th digit: number for series, 6=Eliminator

1="S"

2=Base

3=Pioneer/Islander

4=Sahara

5=Laredo/Grand

7=Limited

 

7th digit: number for body type, 6=2dr pickup

 

8th digit: letter for Engine, L=4.0

E=2.5

 

9th digit: check digit

 

10th digit: letter for year, K=1989

 

11th digit: letter for plant, L=Toledo #1 (J=Brampton, P=Toledo #2)

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The list you have matches the 1986 and 1988 FSM's

 

except for a couple of differences(missing) in 1986.

 

Engine Type: U - 2.46Liter(150 Cu. In.) I4-1V Carburetor (Gasoline)

 

(In 1986 only, called GVWR in 88) Trim Package: 7 - X

8 - XL

9 - XLS

G - X (Metric Ton)

H - XL(Metric Ton)

J - XLS(Metric Ton)

 

Powertrain B= Auto Floor Shift Part Time 4wd

C= Auto Floor Shift Full Time 4wd

D= Auto Floor Shift 2wd

A= Auto column Shift 2wd

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