Is it Possible to Get Your Factory Jeep Build Sheet?
The short answer to getting your Jeep build sheet is yes if your Jeep was built 1998 or later, and “possibly” if your Jeep was built prior to 1998.
I spoke with FCA North America (The corporate folks at Jeep) to get to the bottom of the Jeep build sheet question. “John” at Chrysler was instrumental in helping me understand the record keeping issue and the options for Jeep owners seeing their Jeep build sheet.
Basically if your Jeep was built on or after 1998, it is pretty easy to get your Jeep build sheet and I’ll explain how in this article.
But if your Jeep was built prior to 1998 you are going to have a tougher time getting a hold of it, but there may still be hope. I’ll give those of you with older Jeeps some resources at the end of the article.
Getting a Jeep Build Sheet for Jeeps Built After 1998
For those of you in this category, it is fairly easy to get your Jeep build sheet. Here is what you do in four simple steps:
Step 1: Make sure you have your Jeep’s 17 character VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) handy.
Step 2: They don’t make the link super easy to find, but I’ll link it for you here. This link will open in a new tab so that you can refer back to these instructions. So once the new tab opens, come back to this tab to finish out the steps. Here is the next step, just click on this link: Go to this official Jeep webpage.
Step 3: I’m adding a photo for clarity here. You should now have a new tab with this page brought up on your browser.
Step 4: In the box that says VIN in the center of the page under Equipment Listing, type in your 17 digit VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) and hit the “Search” button.
Congrats, you’ve got your factory Jeep build sheet for your specific Jeep! If you used this, I’d appreciate it if you’d leave a comment and let me know. These articles are a lot of work, it is good to know that folks are using them.
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Getting a Jeep Build Sheet for Jeeps Built Before 1998
Here is where it gets really challenging to find your Jeep build sheet. But we’ve heard stories from jeepers who have been successful.
Here are 2 things you can try:
Option 1: First go ahead and try the steps above. John at Chrysler told me that sometimes folks are able to get their Jeep build sheet using that method if the records were input by someone at Jeep. He explained that factory build sheets prior to 1998 are fairly obscure and yet some of them managed to make it into the system. It really depended on the vehicle and model and which sites were active prior to 1998. At that time Jeep just wasn’t keeping all of the records digitally. It wasn’t until 1998 that all Jeep build sheets were required to be input.
Option 2: Contact FCA Historical Services. This is really more for vintage vehicles, but John said that it is possible they may have build sheets for Jeeps built prior to 1998 and that he had heard of some success stories in finding them through that method.
If you contact them, make sure you let them know you are looking for your factory Jeep build sheet and provide them with the 17 character VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) of your Jeep.
Here is the contact info for FCA Historical Services:
FCA Historical Services
12501 Chrysler Freeway
CIMS: 410-11-21 (That is their Department Code)
Detroit, MI 48288
firstname.lastname@example.org (Please allow 5-7 business days for a response.)
Yes, as of my conversation with John they still use a fax machine. But if you want to go that route, the fax number is (313) 252-2928.
Website Contact Form:
Go to this link to use their official contact form. ~> FCA Historical Services
How to Get Your Factory Jeep Build Sheet Summary
The Jeep build sheet is what your Jeep rolled off the factory floor with. By now I’m sure you’ve probably modded it out as most of us have. However if you are looking for mods for your Jeep, here are some Jeep mods that I felt were worth writing articles about.
Also if you aren’t part of a Jeep club I suggest you join one. So much help from so many Jeepers all over the nation. To learn more about other Jeep Clubs and Groups that I’ve written about click here!
Whether or not you are getting some Jeep mods, the original Jeep build sheet is always a good thing to have in your Jeep records.
I hope this was helpful to you. If any of you find your build sheet prior to 1998, I’d love to hear about it.
Regardless, if you used this article to help you find your build sheet, I’d appreciate it if you’d leave me a comment. These articles are a lot of work and it is good to know they are helping my fellow jeepers.
Until next time, keep it dirty and wheels side down.