One Clean 1-Ton LJ on 42s

Low & Long

Verne SimonsPhotographer, Writer

Since World War II, open-top Jeeps have become an icon tied with capability and durability. Sure, in that time other 4x4s have come, and many have gone. And although the modern-day Jeep has evolved from those first flatfenders, the current Wrangler has a lot in common with the original jeeps. Other 4x4s are barely recognizable when parked next to their automotive ancestors, if any exist at all.

One Jeep model that is bound to get any Jeepers heart beating a little faster is the Jeep Wrangler TJ Unlimited (unofficially known as the LJ). Available for three model years, the LJ is a stretched-wheelbase Wrangler TJ that is clearly inspired by two other stretched-wheelbase Jeeps of the past: the CJ-8 (or Scrambler) and CJ-6. All of these longer Jeeps have proven to be performers that also attract Jeep collectors, commanding a higher price than their shorter equivalents.

During the 2017 Moab Easter Jeep Safari we bumped into our friend Adam Shoemaker of Fenton, Michigan, and his lovely and large 2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. Our history with Shoemaker revolves around clean Jeeps, as we shot a feature on a TJ he built a few years back. And if that Jeep was clean, this Jeep is that much cleaner. Not much on this rig hasn’t been warmed over and reinforced, or will be.

Tech Specs

2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
>Drivetrain
Engine: 4.0L I-6
Transmission: 42RLE
Transfer Case: NP241OR
Front Axle: Solid Axle Ind. Dana 60, Yukon 35-spline axleshafts, ARB Air Locker, 5.13:1 gears, Reid knuckles, Artec high steer arms
Rear Axle: Solid Axle Ind. Dana 60, Yukon 35-spline axleshafts, ARB Air Locker, 5.13:1 gears
>Suspension
Springs & Such: Rock Krawler Trail Hero 2.0, 3-inch front and 4-inch rear wheelbase stretch
Tires & Wheels: 42x14.50R17 Goodyear MTR on 17x9 KMC Machete
Steering: PSC
Lighting: Truck-Lite headlights
Other Stuff: CrawlTek armor, rocker guards, fenders, and bumpers; MasterCraft seats; Yukon Gear & Axle gears; Artec axle brackets; Currie Anti-Rock; Warn Zeon 12s; MaxBuilt Trail Tails; Spiderweb Shade; Rigid Orange Rock Lights; Carolina Metal Masters grab handles.
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