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Phil.R
April 9th, 2008, 20:29
Hi, I have a 1988 Cherokee Limited and it has a grille like the 1987 models.

I'm wondering how to tell if it's a 1987 1/2 or a 1988?
On the firewall, it shows an AMC logo and it says "Jeep Corporation". The radio and the cluster dials are the 1988 and newer style.

88XJSport
April 10th, 2008, 07:01
What is your VIN?

jk333
April 10th, 2008, 10:29
submit your VIN to the dealer, that will give you everything you need ot know

89xj
April 10th, 2008, 10:36
Hi, I have a 1988 Cherokee Limited and it has a grille like the 1987 models.

I'm wondering how to tell if it's a 1987 1/2 or a 1988?
On the firewall, it shows an AMC logo and it says "Jeep Corporation". The radio and the cluster dials are the 1988 and newer style.


nevr knew there was a different grill between the 87 and 88. i thought 87-90 were all the same. i know 84-86 were different than 87-90.

i was told by a few dealerships that they can only go back to 91 for vin checks.

the tag on my transfercase says 88 although mine is an 89.

shouldnt there also be a sticker on one of the door jams?

Jess
April 10th, 2008, 10:58
there is a site somewhere online that will read the vin
google search "jeep vin decoder"

Ecomike
April 10th, 2008, 12:03
X2!

nevr knew there was a different grill between the 87 and 88. i thought 87-90 were all the same. i know 84-86 were different than 87-90.

i was told by a few dealerships that they can only go back to 91 for vin checks.

the tag on my transfercase says 88 although mine is an 89.

shouldnt there also be a sticker on one of the door jams?

poorboy_616
April 10th, 2008, 12:37
Your drivers front door should have the build sticker.

Also go here: http://www.analogx.com/contents/vinview.htm

There are ALOT of VIN decoders out there, try a bunch and you should get the same result....

Phil.R
April 10th, 2008, 17:26
I checked the vin, it says 1988. I was wondering about the 1987 grille.

Here's a 1987

http://img292.imageshack.us/img292/7916/17dd1no9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)


And a 1988

http://img292.imageshack.us/img292/5176/dsc04964hz3.th.jpg (http://img292.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc04964hz3.jpg)

And my 1988 after being repainted with a brush and Tremclad paint by the previous owner (the original color was charcoal metallic gray (still visible on the grille, inside the doors and on the rearwiew mirrors)

http://img512.imageshack.us/img512/6886/jeepjk0.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Maybe the grille was just replaced by a 1987 or older one but I was wondering if it was a 1988 model introduced in the 1987 model year (the door panels have 1987 1/2 stamped in the vinyl behind the armrests)

Ecomike
April 10th, 2008, 21:16
I guess we are going to have to grill :D this subject a bit more, LOL.

I had never noticed the difference.

Kiefer316
April 10th, 2008, 21:21
http://img512.imageshack.us/img512/6886/jeepjk0.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

looks like its on upside down? but then again there is a refletion on the grill

poorboy_616
April 11th, 2008, 01:16
X2 on the upside down....

Phil.R
April 11th, 2008, 04:45
X2 on the upside down....

That's true, this picture was taken by the previous owner. I replaced it in the correct position and I added fog lights since!

Saudade
April 11th, 2008, 13:33
Here's one VIN decoder.

http://jeep.avtograd.ru/VIN/vin_en.asp

As far as I know, the VIN decoders work back pretty far (the above from '81 up). It's the build sheets that are not accurate before '91.

Of course, any given model year could use parts from prior production years.