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.
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