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2006 Jeep Wrangler - The Black Pearl

Posted in Features on January 22, 2015
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It was love at first sight when we saw George Pronesti’s long, low LJ. The beefy axles, huge tires, and coilovers at all four corners made us swoon. And George uses this rig hard, but the timing never seemed right to get photos of the stealthy black Jeep. Until now.

We ran into George again on Labor Day weekend on the Fordyce Creek Trail, one of his personal favorite trails that is just down the road from his home in Auburn, California. His proximity to such great wheeling inspired George to build a Jeep that can comfortably travel at free-way speeds but never needs to take a bypass on the trail.

The front axle is a Spidertrax Spider9 that uses the company’s fabricated knuckles, unit bearings, and lightweight brakes with Wilwood calipers. Spidertrax 35-spline, 11/2-inch 300M axleshafts and CTM U-joints connect to the Mega Hi9 third member, which is filled with an ARB Air Locker and 5.38 gears and protected by a custom Predator Offroad skidplate.

Tech Specs
2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Engine: 4.0L I-6
Transmission: TH400 3-speed automatic built by Monroe Transmission with TCI torque converter, Art Carr shifter
Transfer case: Advance Adapter Atlas II with 5.0 ratio and cable shifters
Axles: Spidertrax Spider9 with Spidertrax 300M axles, ARB Air Locker, and 5.38 gears in Mega Hi9 third member (front and rear)

Springs & Such: King coilovers and air bumps with Speedway Engineering sway bar and custom Predator Offroad long arm suspension (front and rear)
Tires & Wheels: 39x13.5R17 BFGoodrich Krawler KXs on 17x8.5 TrailReady HD beadlock rims
Steering: Full hydraulic with complete PSC steering pump, reservoir, orbital valve, and double ended ram
Other Stuff: Warn 9.5ti winch, Masterpull synthetic winch line, K&N intake, ARB air compressor, dual Optima RedTop batteries, AEV hood, GenRight bumper and front fenders, Predator Offroad AR400 rocker guards, GenRight rear corners, GenRight fuel tank and skidplate, MasterCraft Safety Rubicon seats, MasterCraft harnesses, GenRight rollcage

Removal of the inner fenders required George to get creative with mounting the battery, fuse box, ARB air compressor, and other accessories under the hood. Fortunately the 4.0L engine leaves plenty of room.
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With the wheelbase stretched to 110 inches, George added cutting brakes in order to maximize maneuverability on the trail. Interior additions include the MasterCraft Safety Rubicon seats and five-point restraints under the GenRight cage.

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