A Rock-Ready LJ on­the “Cheap”

Cus­tom-stretched Wran­gler

Jp Magazine - - Table Of Contents - By Stu­art A. Bour­don jped­i­tor@jp­magazine.com Pho­tog­ra­phy: Jp Staff

When Tim Con­away rolled into the park­ing lot for fi­nal registration and the ven­dor

show on the first day of the 2017 Jp Dirt ’N Drive pre­sented by Jeep, we knew we were look­ing at some­thing very spe­cial. The paint and body­work were bright and flashy, but ex­tremely well done. Many of the mods were cus­tom-built by Tim, and as he said, “done on the cheap.” How­ever, noth­ing looked cheap.

The 2005 Jeep Wran­gler Un­lim­ited (LJ) looked like some­thing out of a high-end, pro­fes­sional cus­tom 4x4 shop. Although the en­gine (4.0L), trans, and trans­fer case are ba­si­cally stock, from there on down it gets a lot more fun. The front axle is a nar­rowed ’83 Ford King

Pin 60 and the rear is a shaved ’95 Chevy C&C 14-Bolt. Both axles were com­pletely re­built by Tim, feature cus­tom-made trusses and brack­ets, and carry 5.13 ARB Air Lock­ers. Cadil­lac brakes work the rear.

Tim built a cus­tom sus­pen­sion sys­tem that stretched the al­ready long wheel­base of the LJ an­other inch in front and 6 inches in the rear, us­ing his own cus­tom-fab­ri­cated con­trol arms, shock mounts, and track bars. He does ad­mit that Johnny Joints and Ru­bi­con Ex­press bush­ings helped make it all work, and Ter­aFlex SpeedBumps were used front and rear. A Du­rango steer­ing box works with a hy­draulic-as­sist ram and Ruf­fStuff high-steer arms to wran­gle the huge 40x13.50R17LT Toyo Open Coun­try M/T tires mounted on 17x9.5 Race­line Mon­ster wheels.

To save even more cash (for fu­ture Jeeps and big­ger and bet­ter mods later), Tim also made the front and rear bumpers, bel­ly­pan, front fend­ers, rock slid­ers, and the high­line hood. If you can’t tell from the pho­tos, take our word for it—the cus­tom fab­ri­ca­tion work is top-shelf stuff. Tim’s ’05 Jeep Wran­gler Un­lim­ited LJ was just the sort of rig we like to see on the Jp Dirt ’N Drive pre­sented by Jeep. It was well built, with a rich blend of good ac­ces­sory equip­ment, cus­tom builder parts avail­able in the af­ter­mar­ket, and owner-built parts and pieces that Tom fab­ri­cated to best fit his spe­cific four-wheel­ing needs.

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