Everything you need to know about a Jeep JK

If you are excited about Jeeps and love reading about them, you may have often wondered what “JK” means. Simply put, JK is a code used by the internationally renowned Jeep brand to identify some of its vehicles.

Why the ‘JK’ code?

Jeep didn’t just assign the code ‘JK’ without any thought. Jeep has been creating the best off-road vehicles for a long time and their wide range of vehicles are not designed in the same way. To help them, and most importantly their customer, better identify their vehicles in case they have a requirement for certain vehicle parts, the code ‘JK’ was assigned to all vehicles that were manufactured between 2007-2017.

The code is also supported by the vehicle design specifications that Jeep has followed during the manufacture of its JK Wranglers. Most JK vehicles made by Jeep look quite similar to each other in their original form. Of course, there can be differences between a normal JK Wrangler and a highly custom one, but in essence and in shape, all JK Jeeps look alike.

Advantages of the ‘JK’ encoding system

  • Easier to find parts: Many other vehicle manufacturers tend to opt for complicated coding systems that make it difficult to find their parts on the market. It doesn’t matter if you go to an established store in your neighborhood or search online for the parts you need; What good is all this if you can’t identify the parts you really need? The details on four-wheelers are pretty intricate, and you really can’t take a chance on parts that don’t fit your Jeep, can you?
  • Saving time in stores: When you go to a store that sells auto parts, you may often have to provide dealers with a great deal of detail before they understand exactly what you need. However, with the JK coding system used by Jeep, there is no problem if you own a Jeep JK model. Just say “JK” and the merchant can start helping you without wasting any more time.
  • Helps distinguish yourself from other product ranges: The ‘JK’ coding system extends only, and only to vehicles manufactured by Jeep between 2007 and 2017. Newer Wrangler models, scheduled to be released sometime in 2018, would be assigned the code ‘JL’ . Therefore, this type of coding system makes it easy to distinguish between the JK product range and the upstream and downstream vehicle ranges.

No room for confusion

At first glance, you may not find the ‘JK’ code on the surface of the jeep. In fact, the code is not mentioned on the surface. All you will probably see is ‘Polar Edition’, ‘Rubicon’ and ‘Wrangler’. While this can be confusing, it is actually quite simple. No matter which edition of a jeep you have, Rubicon or Wrangler, if it was made in 2007-2017, it is a JK!

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