If you are enthusiastic about Jeeps love reading up about them, you might have often wondered what ‘JK' stands for. Simply put, JK is a code that internationally famous brand Jeep uses to identify some of its vehicles.
Why the Code ‘JK'?
The code ‘JK' has not been just assigned by Jeep without any kind of thought. Jeep has been creating the best off-roading vehicles for a long time now, and their vast range of vehicles are not designed all the same. To help them, and more importantly their customer to identify their vehicles better in case they have a requirement for certain parts of the vehicle, the code ‘JK' was assigned to all the vehicles that were manufactured between 2007-2017.
The code is also backed up by the vehicle design specifications that Jeep have followed during the manufacture of their JK Wranglers. Most JK vehicles manufactured by Jeep look quite similar to each other in their original form. Of course, there might be differences between a regular JK Wrangler and a heavily customized one, but in essence and in shape, all JK Jeeps look alike.
Advantages of the ‘JK' Coding System
- Easier to Find Parts: Many other vehicle manufacturers often go with complicated coding systems that make it difficult to search for their parts in 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 any of it if you cannot identify the parts that you really need? Four-wheeler details are quite intricate, and you can't really take a chance on parts that would not fit your Jeep, can you?
- Time Saver at Stores: When you go to a store that sells vehicle parts, you might often have to provide the storekeepers a ton of details before they exactly understand what you precisely need. However, with the JK coding system used by Jeep, it isn't any problem if you happen to own a Jeep JK model. Simply say ‘JK', and the storekeeper can start helping you without wasting any more time.
- Helps to Distinguish from Other Product Ranges: The ‘JK' coding system extends only, and only to the vehicles manufactured by Jeep between 2007 and 2017. The newest Wrangler models, slated to be released sometime in 2018, would be assigned the code ‘JL'. So, this kind of coding system makes it easy to distinguish between the JK product range and previous and later ranges of vehicles.
No Space for Confusion
On first glance, you might not find the code ‘JK' on the surface of the jeep. In fact, there is no mention of the code on the surface. All you probably might see is ‘Polar Edition', ‘Rubicon', and ‘Wrangler'. While this might lead to some confusion, it really is quite simple. No matter what edition of a jeep you own, Rubicon or Wrangler, if it was made in the 2007-2017 period, it is a JK!