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Jeep Wrangler Vin Decoder

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All vehicles on the road today have a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). In 1981 the United States standardized the format to be the 17-character VIN you see today.

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What's a VIN & How to Use the Check Digit

Vehicle identification numbers can provide a large amount of information about your Jeep and are like a social security number for your vehicle. Using the charts below, you can take your Jeep's VIN number, or the Jeep you're planning on buying, and dissect what each digit means.

The check digit is position nine of the VIN. This number is the result of a lengthy math problem using the VIN's other numbers. If you're looking to make sure the VIN you have or are looking at is legitimate, the check digit will tell you. 

Each position of the value has a numerical weight. "But there are letters in my VIN!", you say. As there should be. Since we're talking Wranglers, odds are you have a J in position two. J's value is 1, and the weight is seven. You would find the value and weight for the rest of the positions, plug them into the VIN calculation, and you should get your check digit as a result.

VIN Decoder for 1987-1988 Wrangler YJs

YJ Wranglers the VIN can be found on the drivers side dash, drivers side door jam, under the radiator, and on the firewall near the ECU. 

PositionInterpretationCode/Description
1Country of Origin1 = United States
2MakeJ = Jeep
C = Chrysler
3Vehicle TypeC = MPV
D = Incomplete Vehicle
4Engine TypeC = 4.2L 6-cyl
H = 2.5L 4-cyl Throttle Body Injection
U = 2.5L 4-cyl Carburetor
5Trans/Transfer CaseL = 5-spd Manual Floor Shifter (Part Time 4WD)
X = 4-spd Manual Floor Shifter (Part Time 4WD)
B = Auto w/ Floor Shifter (Part Time 4WD)
E = Auto Column Shifter (Part Time 4WD)
J = Auto Column Shifter (Full Time 4WD)
A = Auto Column Shifter (2WD)
6-7Body Style81 = Wrangler
8Weight RatingJ or M = 3001-4000lbs
1 or 2 = 4001-5000lbs
9Check DigitManufacturer Assigned
10Model YearH = 1987
J = 1988
11Assembly PlantJ = Brampton, Ontario, Canada
L = Toledo, Ohio Plant #1
P = Toledo, Ohio Plant #2
T = Toledo, Ohio
12-17Sequential Serial NumberSix Digit Number

VIN Decoder for 1989-1995 Wrangler YJs

PositionInterpretationCode/Description
1Country of Origin1 = United States
2MakeJ = Jeep
C = Chrysler
3Vehicle Type3 = MPV
6 = Incomplete Vehicle
7 = Truck
4Gross Vehicle Weight RatingE = 3001-4000lbs
F = 4001-5000lbs
G = 5001-6000lbs
H = 6001-7000lbs
5ModelY = Wrangler
6Trim Level1 = S
2 = Base
4 = Sahara
5 = Laredo
6 = Renegade
7Body Style9 = 2 Door Open Body
8EngineE = 2.5L
L = 4.0L
(1989) M = 4.2L
(1991-1995) S = 4.0L
(1990) T = 4.2L
9Check DigitManufactuer Assigned
10Model YearK = 1989
L = 1990
M = 1991
N = 1992
P = 1993
R = 1994
11Assembly PlantJ = Brampton, Ontario
L = Toledo, Ohio Plant #1
P = Toledo, Ohio Plant #2
T = Toledo, Ohio
12-17Sequential Serial NumberSix Digit Number

VIN Decoder for 1997-2006 Wrangler TJs

TJs have the VIN on a plate on the drivers side dash, sticker on drivers side door frame near hinges, stamped into the frame, plate on floor between drivers side seat and door.

PositionInterpretationCode/Description
1Country of Origin1 = United States
2MakeJ = Jeep
C = Chrysler
3Vehicle Type4 = MPV
4Gross Vehicle Weight RatingE = 3001-4000lbs
F = 4001-5000lbs
5Vehicle LineY = Wrangler 4x4
A = Wrangler 4x4 (Left Hand Drive)
4 = Wrangler 4x4 (Right Hand Drive)
6Series(1997-200) 1 = Sport
(1997-2003) 2 = SE
(1997-2000) 4 = Sahara
(2001-2003) 4 = Sport
(2001-2003) 5 = Sahara
(2002-2003) 3 = X
(2003) 6 = Rubicon
7Body Style9 = Open Body
8EngineH = 2.5L Leaded Gas
P = 2.5L Unleaded
S = 4.0L Unleaded
V = 4.0L Leaded
9Check Digit0 through 9 or X
10Model YearV = 1997
W = 1998
X = 1999
Y = 2000
1 = 2001
2 = 2002
3 = 2003
11Assembly PlantP = Toledo #2
12-17Vehicle Build SequenceSix Digit Number

VIN Decoder for 2007-2018 Wrangler JKs

JK owners the VIN can be easily found on the drivers side dash and door jam.

PositionInterpretationCode/Description
1Country of Origin1 = United States
2MakeJ = Jeep
C = Chrysler
3Vehicle Type4 = MPV w/o side air bags
8 = MPV w/ side air bags
4Gross Vehicle Weight Rating1 = 8001 - 9000 lbs
A, G, N, V = 4001 - 5000 lbs
B, H, P, X = 5001 - 6000 lbs
C, J, R, Y = 6001 - 7000 lbs
D, K, S, Z = 7001 - 8000 lbs
E, L, T = 8001 - 9000 lbs
5Vehicle LineA = Wrangler Left Hand Drive (4x4)
B = Wrangler Left Hand Drive (4x2)
E = Wrangler Right Drive (4x4) Export
Z = Wrangler Right Hand Drive (4x4) US mail & Canada
J = Unlimited
6Series & Trans2 = Sport or base model
3 = Unlimited or Sport Unlimited
5 = Sahara or Sahara Unlimited
6 = Rubicon or Rubicon Extended
B = 4-spd automatic VLP - Sales Code (DGV)
C = 6-spd Manual - Sales Code (DEH)
E = 5-spd automatic - Sales Code (DGQ)
W = 5-spd Auto (Rubicon)
7Body Style4, D = Open Body (JK 72)
9, H = Extended Open Body (JK 74)
8Engine1 = 3.8L V6
5 = 2.8L 4-cyl Diesel
9 = 2.8L 4-cyl Turbo Diesel
G = 3.6L
9Check Digit0 through 9, or X
10Model Year7 = 2007
8 = 2008
9 = 2009
A = 2010
B = 2011
C = 2012
D = 2013
E = 2014
F = 2015
G = 2016
H = 2017
J = 2018
11Assembly PlantL = Toledo, Ohio South Assembly
W = Toledo, Ohio North Assembly
12-17Sequential Serial NumberSix Digit Number

2018 JL Wrangler - VIN Positions 5, 6, & 7

4WDBody TypePositionSeries
JXA2 Door Open BodyLeft Hand DriveSport
JXBSahara
JXCRubicon
JXD4 Door Open BodyUnlimited Sport
JXEUnlimited Sahara
JXFUnlimited Rubicon
JXG2 Door Open BodyRight Hand DriveSport
JXHSahara
JXJRubicon
JXK4 Door Open BodyUnlimited Sport
JXLUnlimited Sahara
JXMUnlimited Rubicon

2018 JL Wrangler VIN Position 8 - Engine

  • N = 2.0L Turbo Inline 4-cylinder
  • G = 3.6L V6
Fitment includes: JL, JK, TJ, YJ, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, Laredo, Sport, Islander, S, Sahara, Renegade, SE, X, Rubicon, Unlimited, Sport-S