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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.

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. 

Position Interpretation Code/Description
1 Country of Origin 1 = United States
2 Make J = Jeep
C = Chrysler
3 Vehicle Type C = MPV
D = Incomplete Vehicle
4 Engine Type C = 4.2L 6-cyl
H = 2.5L 4-cyl Throttle Body Injection
U = 2.5L 4-cyl Carburetor
5 Trans/Transfer Case L = 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)
6-7 Body Style 81 = Wrangler
8 Weight Rating J or M = 3001-4000lbs
1 or 2 = 4001-5000lbs
9 Check Digit Manufacturer Assigned
10 Model Year H = 1987
J = 1988
11 Assembly Plant J = Brampton, Ontario, Canada
L = Toledo, Ohio Plant #1
P = Toledo, Ohio Plant #2
T = Toledo, Ohio
12-17 Sequential Serial Number Six Digit Number

VIN Decoder for 1989-1995 Wrangler YJs

Position Interpretation Code/Description
1 Country of Origin 1 = United States
2 Make J = Jeep
C = Chrysler
3 Vehicle Type 3 = MPV
6 = Incomplete Vehicle
7 = Truck
4 Gross Vehicle Weight Rating E = 3001-4000lbs
F = 4001-5000lbs
G = 5001-6000lbs
H = 6001-7000lbs
5 Model Y = Wrangler
6 Trim Level 1 = S
2 = Base
4 = Sahara
5 = Laredo
6 = Renegade
7 Body Style 9 = 2 Door Open Body
8 Engine E = 2.5L
L = 4.0L
(1989) M = 4.2L
(1991-1995) S = 4.0L
(1990) T = 4.2L
9 Check Digit Manufactuer Assigned
10 Model Year K = 1989
L = 1990
M = 1991
N = 1992
P = 1993
R = 1994
11 Assembly Plant J = Brampton, Ontario
L = Toledo, Ohio Plant #1
P = Toledo, Ohio Plant #2
T = Toledo, Ohio
12-17 Sequential Serial Number Six Digit Number

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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.

Position Interpretation Code/Description
1 Country of Origin 1 = United States
2 Make J = Jeep
C = Chrysler
3 Vehicle Type 4 = MPV
4 Gross Vehicle Weight Rating E = 3001-4000lbs
F = 4001-5000lbs
5 Vehicle Line Y = Wrangler 4x4
A = Wrangler 4x4 (Left Hand Drive)
4 = Wrangler 4x4 (Right Hand Drive)
6 Series (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
7 Body Style 9 = Open Body
8 Engine H = 2.5L Leaded Gas
P = 2.5L Unleaded
S = 4.0L Unleaded
V = 4.0L Leaded
9 Check Digit 0 through 9 or X
10 Model Year V = 1997
W = 1998
X = 1999
Y = 2000
1 = 2001
2 = 2002
3 = 2003
11 Assembly Plant P = Toledo #2
12-17 Vehicle Build Sequence Six Digit Number

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VIN Decoder for 2007-2018 Wrangler JKs

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

Position Interpretation Code/Description
1 Country of Origin 1 = United States
2 Make J = Jeep
C = Chrysler
3 Vehicle Type 4 = MPV w/o side air bags
8 = MPV w/ side air bags
4 Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 1 = 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
5 Vehicle Line A = 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
6 Series & Trans 2 = 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)
7 Body Style 4, D = Open Body (JK 72)
9, H = Extended Open Body (JK 74)
8 Engine 1 = 3.8L V6
5 = 2.8L 4-cyl Diesel
9 = 2.8L 4-cyl Turbo Diesel
G = 3.6L
9 Check Digit 0 through 9, or X
10 Model Year 7 = 2007
8 = 2008
9 = 2009
A = 2010
B = 2011
C = 2012
D = 2013
E = 2014
F = 2015
G = 2016
H = 2017
J = 2018
11 Assembly Plant L = Toledo, Ohio South Assembly
W = Toledo, Ohio North Assembly
12-17 Sequential Serial Number Six Digit Number

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

4WD Body Type Position Series
JXA 2 Door Open Body Left Hand Drive Sport
JXB Sahara
JXC Rubicon
JXD 4 Door Open Body Unlimited Sport
JXE Unlimited Sahara
JXF Unlimited Rubicon
JXG 2 Door Open Body Right Hand Drive Sport
JXH Sahara
JXJ Rubicon
JXK 4 Door Open Body Unlimited Sport
JXL Unlimited Sahara
JXM Unlimited Rubicon

2018 JL Wrangler VIN Position 8 - Engine

  • N = 2.0L Turbo Inline 4-cylinder
  • G = 3.6L V6

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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