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2005 Jeep Wrangler TJ - Second 4x4

Posted in Project Vehicles on April 1, 2010
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We've always admired families that use four-wheel-drive vehicles for outdoor recreation and adventure. Exploring the great outdoors through this country's vast network of trail systems and off-road parks is a great way to get to know America, sharpen advanced driving skills, and push the limits of kinship in a little competitive off-highway fun.

The Wainright family crawler uses a Superlift long-arm suspension, 16-inch-travel Bilstein remote reservoir coilovers, and Eibach coil springs. With the rear steer and the suspension's massive articulation, the go-anywhere TJ does just that: goes anywhere.

Longtime four-wheeler and president of the Arkansas 4x4 Crawlers, Gary Wainright needed a second Jeep for his growing family. With a few up and coming Wainright drivers, the lone but extremely capable Wrangler YJ that hauled them around the backcountry just wasn't enough. To fill the need for a second family crawler, Gary purchased this '05 TJ and quickly started building the new family dream machine. The gist of the TJ build was to create a rig the entire family could travel in together to and from the trail, and have the coolest rig in the neighborhood.

Tech Spec
2005 Jeep Wrangler TJ
Engine: 4.0L inline-six
Transmission: 42RLE
Transfer Case: Atlas 4-speed 10.3:1
Front Axle: Diamond axlehousing, True Hi9 differential, 4.10 ring-and-pinion, Axletech International Motorsports portal ends, 35-spline shafts
Rear Axle: Diamond axlehousing, True Hi9 differential, 4.10 ring-and-pinion, Axletech International Motorsports portal ends, 35-spline shafts

Gary Wainright's TJ uses Diamond 9-inch axlehousing with a True Hi9 differential, is fitted with 35-spline Dana 60 chromoly shafts, and has an ARB air locker for traction. The axle is also built with Axle Tech portal conversion ends and a double-ended PSC steering ram for massive ground clearance and easy steering.

Springs & Such: Superlift long-arm suspension, Bilstein 16-inch remote reservoir coilovers, Eibach coil springs
Tires & Wheels: 42-inch Pit Bull Rockers on 16.5x9.75 Humvee H1 wheels, Copperhead Fabrication rock rings
Other Stuff: GenRight fastback rollcage, OTT Industries 6-bolt high-steer arms, Mico inline brake lock, Beard limiting straps, Flex-a-lite electric fan, GenRight rocker guards, 4Wheelers rockcrawler fiberglass hood, Warn M8274 winch, RCI fuel cell, air tank and battery tray, Optima YellowTop battery, Maxima LED Lights, Probox sound system

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