MIA: 1996 JEEP TJ WRAN­GLER

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TO ap­pease ARB’S North Amer­i­can mar­ket, there was meant to be a fifth Off Road Icon – a Jeep TJ Wran­gler – and, in fact, there was…

ARB USA’S Matt Glass over­saw the sourc­ing and build­ing of the Wran­gler, which took eighth place at the SEMA Show’s ‘Best Jeeps of 2015’ sec­tion in Las Ve­gas late last year.

The Wran­gler was built with some heavy-duty gear, in­clud­ing an up­graded Dana 44 front axle and a Cur­rie En­ter­prises steer­ing sys­tem, es­sen­tially dou­bling the strength of the OE set-up. Un­der the shiny red paint is a Daystar 30mm body lift and motor mount lift, an Ad­vanced Adap­tors slip yoke elim­i­na­tor to fix the driv­e­line an­gle, and a Tom Woods drive­shaft. Four new OME coils and Nitrocharger shocks pro­vide two more inches of height.

The stock rims and tyres were re­placed with 33x12.5r15 Mickey Thomp­son MTZ tyres mounted to Mickey T’s Clas­sic III rims.

As you’d ex­pect, the Wran­gler was packed with gear from the ARB book: bull­bar and In­ten­sity AR21 lights, Warn winch, air locker, snorkel, side rails, rear wheel car­rier, Out­back So­lu­tions draw­ers, fridge, Twin Air com­pres­sor and tank, and more.

Un­for­tu­nately, get­ting a per­mit to drive the left-hook TJ in Aus­tralia proved too hard and the Wran­gler was left in the US for a tour of duty on the 4x4 show cir­cuit.

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