The '04.5 Jeep Unlimited has been available for a few months now and from all reports, the 103-inch-wheelbase TJ is a great success. Sales at DaimlerChrysler are on the rise in 2004 and spending trends don't appear to be letting up any time soon. The company's success may be due, in part, to the demand for the Jeep Unlimited. After all, the new stretched TJ opens the doors to the enthusiast who has always wanted a Jeep, but felt as though there wouldn't be enough interior room.
Our testing of the Unlimited proved what Jeep engineers have been telling us: The additional 10 inches of wheelbase offers a comfortable and highway-friendly ride. The stretched version certainly alleviates the bumpy ride commonly felt on its 93.4-inch-wheelbase brother, the regular TJ. The stretched wheelbase also improves the Unlimited's trail prowess, with better approach and departure angles. This is, of course, unless you manage to high-center the lengthened Wrangler. As with all factory-production vehicles, there's always room for improvement, especially by an intuitive Jeeper.
If you're looking to accessorize your new Jeep Unlimited, then some of the aftermarket manufacturers listed would be more than willing to help you outfit your rig. In most cases, standard TJ parts will cross over and fit the Unlimited. As time marches on, we're sure to see hundreds of specific Unlimited aftermarket components and accessories hit the market. Keep an eye on our advertisers for listings of new Jeep Unlimited components.
Warrior Products Inc. now has numerous products available for the Jeep Unlimited, including a Safari sport rack, body-armor corners, sideplates, rock sliders, and rock bars.Warrior Inc., (888) 220-6861, www.warriorproducts.com