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Old 01-03-2013, 08:53 AM
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Insight please: Waggy vs Chero

Hey guys,
So my J10 is still a work in progress,....but I just cannot get the thought of a Waggy or Chero out of my head

Aside from general body shape and trim appointments,....what are the real differences in play between the 2 vehicles? No need to get into various years vs various years....but overall the 'defining' differences?

I love the look of the classic Chero's.....but also the Waggys! My plan would be to make a DD out of it. My Wrangler (current DD) is great....but sometimes (getting old) it would be nice to have a comfortable driver....

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Old 01-03-2013, 09:05 AM
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2 door Cherokees vs 4 door Wagoneers is the first major thought.
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:06 AM
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2 doors or 4 with the option of wider axles with the 2 door from the factory.
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:16 PM
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basically the number of doors.

There were 'no' 2 good wagoneers (panel trucks being an exception)
There were 4 door cherokee's which is basically a very basic wagoneer.

The Cherokee (2 door version) was also available from the factory in a 'wide track' version. These have front fenders like your J-truck (flaired) and rear wheel flairs as well.

If you are looking for a comfortable driver go for the Wagoneer. The 4 doors is great, they are easier to find and typically cost a little less.
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:26 PM
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sure is funny how a decent 2 door cherokee cost more then decent fully loaded wagoneer. There just arnt as many cherokees because many for beat hard by younger drivers! I have never seen a cherokee in the wild but have seen a dozen wagoneers.

I think the coolest FSJ wagons were the narrow track 2 door cherokees.
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:34 PM
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The differance is/was mainly tail lights and lip-stick.
The Cherokees were mainly down market but could be optioned up to
Wagoneer levels if desired.
The Cherokee was offered (at times) in 2dr NT , 2Dr WT and 4 Dr NT body styles, the Wagoneer was only a 4DR NT (except for the early 60's 2Dr NT and 2Dr panel delivery and the early Wagoneers did have the option of barn door tail gates).
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Just pick which looks good to you. Comparing like years the basics(axles engines, trans etc are the same but the 4 spd is more common in the Chero. Although there are some pretty fluffed up Cheros like the Laredos the Chero is a essentially a less luxo trimmed out Wag. I prefer the less fluff the less to go wrong Chero especially the narrow tracks which to me has cleaner body lines than the wide tracks with the extended flares. Like'm on the trucks but not on the Cheros. I'm not into the big tired look. I like the clean look of my 2 door wag but it's pretty stark by Wag standards and the split bench fold-n-tumble pass seat for rear access is a pain for cargo or hauling kids. For a practical clean looking DD I liked my 258/MT/208 83 model 18(4 door)Chero the best. Nicely trimmed out but no goofy power seats, windows etc even had a manual gate window. It's all a matter of personal preference regarding looks.
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Basically, do you like them dressed up, or not. Simple as that.

My personal preference would be the WT, but I wouldn't turn down a good waggie.
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Totally like almost everything on here depends on what you intend to do with it. W/T cherokee like your truck have wider stance better fenderwell clearance. A DD mild not wild they'll all work they all go wild but a little more has to be done to the waggy. I have to agree the N/T cherokee is cool but my personal pereference means nothing. Waggy are far more pentiful therefore cheaper.
Your warngler is getting old all these are older & with worse mileage. A refresh of the wrangler has to be considered. Unless you're saying you're tired of the Wrangler. If you have a family the two doors are not easy access to the rear seats. Comfortable driver Waggy.
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All solid opinions guys.
That is what I thought.....I mainly wondered if there was any mechanical/frame or other issue I wouldnt know about...etc.

Lipstick and trim levels..etc.

It's a decision I don't have to make immediately.....

The Wrangler's great,...and it doesnt need a refresh, its in great shape with only 50K original miles. I just sometimes wish I had a more comfortable ride....thats all.

Will have to see what turns up,...I do like WT,...I've seen a few WT Chiefs that were AMAZING.......and some Waggys that just looked too 'luxury',.....but also some Waggys that were tough as hell looking!

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Most of the skin and every thing under the lipstick and skin is shared between Cherokee's and Wagoneer's.
The main differance is what option boxes were checked when the truck was built.

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All solid opinions guys.
That is what I thought.....I mainly wondered if there was any mechanical/frame or other issue I wouldnt know about...etc.

Lipstick and trim levels..etc.

It's a decision I don't have to make immediately.....

The Wrangler's great,...and it doesnt need a refresh, its in great shape with only 50K original miles. I just sometimes wish I had a more comfortable ride....thats all.

Will have to see what turns up,...I do like WT,...I've seen a few WT Chiefs that were AMAZING.......and some Waggys that just looked too 'luxury',.....but also some Waggys that were tough as hell looking!

Thanks for the feedback!
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