Jeff Ward wears two hats. He's both a car dealer and fabricator for Burnsville Off-Road. Because of this, he's in the perfect position to find good deals on Jeeps and build them up. His 2006 TJ Unlimited started as a mild-mannered used LJ. Once Jeff got his hands on it, he went to work.
Burnsville Off-Road does Hemi swaps into Jeeps, so Jeff decided he'd like to swap in a 6.1L Hemi into his LJ (we'd like that, too). He installed a 545RFE overdrive automatic behind the Hemi and an Atlas 3.8:1 two-speed transfer case behind that. Tera CRD60R high-pinion front and rear ends are beefy, strong, and have 5.38 gears and ARB Air Lockers front and back.
The suspension is a modified Teraflex PRO LCG as the LJ's wheelbase is stretched to 116 inches, the same as a JK Unlimited. There are 14-inch Sway-A-Way Racerunner coilovers at all four corners. The rear part of the frame was chopped and tubed and Jeff fabricated custom corners, wheel openings, and flares for the stretch. The 42-inch Irok tires mounted on Raceline alloy beadlock wheels fit fine. The LJ turns with PSC full hydraulic steering.
The interior features front and rear MasterCraft seats, a modified factory sport bar, a fuel cell, and mounts for the rear coilover reservoirs. Other body mods include a Rock Crawler hood with scoop and custom fabricated rocker guards. A Ramsey Patriot 9500UT winch is mounted in Jeff's custom minimalist front bumper with stinger.
Stretch's modifications were done so well the LJ doesn't look that radical, until you take a closer look (or hear the exhaust). Jeff had a good time with it in Moab where we did the photo shoot. We're sure he's off-road somewhere in his Jeep, enjoying the fruits of his labor.
Vehicle: 2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Owner: Jeff Ward
Hometown: Zimmerman, Minnesota
Engine: 6.1L Hemi V-8
Induction: Factory MPFI
Transfer case: Atlas two-speed
Low range ratio: 3.8:1
Front end: Tera CRD60R
Rear end: Tera CRD60R
Ring and Pinion: 5.38:1
Front Differential: ARB Air Locker
Rear Differential: ARB Air Locker
Tires: 14/42-17LT Interco Irok
Wheels/Backspacing: Raceline 17x10 beadlocks/4 inches
Suspension: 14-inch Sway-A-Way Racerunner coilovers/Modified Teraflex PRO LCG long arm