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Decoding the Body Code Plate

Manufacturing Information Under Your Seat

Jeep TJ Wranglers have a Body Code Plate under driver's seat. The plate looks much like the image below. The Body Code Plate contains information about the vehicle as it was built such as body type, top type, paint colors and interior trim.

Vehicle Order Number

Vehicle Order Number

Jeep Wrangler (TJ) - 1997-2003

There is no specific information for this data. Likely used by the manufacturer and dealers to track vehicles to delivery.

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Roof Code

Jeep Wrangler (TJ) - 1997-2003

The roof code is three letters that indicate the original equipment top delivered with the vehicle.


VJN Soft Top - White
VJU Soft Top - Spice
VJX Soft Top - Black
VKN Hard Top - White
VKU Hard Top - Spice
VKX Hard Top - Black
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Car Line Shell Code

Jeep Wrangler (TJ) - 1997-2003

The Car Line Shell code breaks into three sections and indicate the body style and wheel base of the vehicle.


First 3 Characters
TJJ Wrangler - Left Hand Drive
TJU Wrangler - Right Hand Drive
Fourth Character - Price Class
L Wrangler (All)
Characters 5 and 6 - Body Type
77 Wheel Base - 93.4 in.
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Paint Procedure

Jeep Wrangler (TJ) - 1997-2003

There is no specific information for this data.

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Paint Color Code

Jeep Wrangler (TJ) - 1997-2003

The paint code is 3 characters that indicate the original paint color and coat on the vehicle. The Body Code Plate may have 4 characters. In those cases, the first character of the paint code indicates the sequence of application: P = primary coat, Q = secondary. coat.

AJC Light Khaki Metallic Clearcoat
DX8 Black Clear Coat
PR4 Flame Red Clear Coat
RC4 Lapis Blue Clear Coat
RJN Moss Green Pearl Coat
RJP Medium Fern Pearl Coat
SG8 Forest Green Pearl Coat
SJV Citron Pearl Coat
SQP Bright Jade Satin Glow
SW1 Stone White Clear Coat
TCN Deep Amethyst Pearl Coat
TQ7 Gun Metal Pearl Coat
VB3 Intense Blue Pearlcoat
VEA Chili Pepper Red
VYH Solar Yellow Clearcoat
WBT Patriot Blue Pearlcoat
WSB Bright Silver Metallic Clearcoat
WTD Solar Desert Sand
WU7 Sienna Pearlcoat
XBQ Steel Blue Pearlcoat
XGR Shale Green Metallic Clearcoat
XS5 Silverstone Pearlcoat
XV3 Amber Fire Pearlcoat
YYJ Inca Gold Pearlcoat
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Trim Code

Jeep Wrangler (TJ) - 1997-2003

The interior trim code is 1 or 2 letters that indicate the original interior color combination delivered with the vehicle. However, there are 4 characters in the Trim Code section of the Body Code Plate.

AZ Agate
C3 Mist Gray
K Khaki
KG Camel / Dark Green
K5 Camel
S Dark Slate Gray
TJ Saddle / Moss Greene
T6 Saddle
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Engine Code

Jeep Wrangler (TJ) - 1997-2003

The engine code is three letters that indicate the original engine installed.

EPE 2.5L 4 cylinder MPI Gasoline
ED1 2.4L 4 cylinder MPI Gasoline
ERH 4.0L 6 cylinder MPI Gasoline
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Transmission Code

Jeep Wrangler (TJ) - 1997-2003

The transmission code is three letters that indicate the original transmission installed.

DDD NV3550 5 Speed Manual
DDO AX15 5 Speed Manual
DDQ AX5 5 Speed Manual
DGD 30RH 3 Speed Automatic
DGG 32RH 3 Speed Automatic
DG6 42RLE 4 Speed Automatic
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Market Code

Jeep Wrangler (TJ) - 1997-2003

The market code is three letters that indicate the georaphic market where the vehicle was intended for sale.

B International
C Canada
M Mexico
U United States
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VIN Decoder

Jeep Wrangler (TJ) - 1997-2003

Position Description Code Definition
1 Country of Origin 1 United States
2 Make J Jeep
3 Vehicle Type 4 MPV (Multi Purpose Vehicle)
4 Gross Vehicle Weight Rating E 3001 - 4000 lbs.
    F 4001 - 5000 lbs.
5 Vehicle Line Y Wrangler 4X4
6 Series 1 Sport*
    2 SE
    3 X
    4 Sahara / Sport*
    5 Sahara*
7 Body Style 9 Open Body
8 Engine P 2.4L/2.5L Unleaded-Gasoline
8 Engine S 4.0L Unleaded-Gasoline
9 Check Digit 0 through 9 or X Check Digit
10 Model Year W 1998
    X 1999
    Y 2000
    1 2001
    2 2002
    3 2003
11 Assembly Plant P Toledo #2
12 - 17 Vehicle Build Sequence    

* In 2003, Sport changed from 1 to 4, and Sahara changed from 4 to 5.

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