Jeep Wrangler LJ Chopped Up Into a Six-Door Limo Will Make You Cry
Sweet tears of Toledo! What was this abomination's creator thinking, ruining a Wrangler TJ Unlimited?
Is the booze causing blurry vision, or did we really spot this six-door Jeep Wrangler LJ limo in the heart of Southern California's wine country? Even a few Merlots in, we couldn't make this kind of stuff up. Luckily, we were able to capture evidence of this elongated unicorn SUV—itself an elongated version of the TJ Wrangler—which was presumably getting in some community service hours by transporting an inebriated wine tasting party to its next venue.
The Jeep LJ is a beauty, isn't she? (We're talking about the regular, non-limo version.) Sold between the 2004.5 and 2006 model years, the Jeep Wrangler LJ (or TJ Unlimited) is a factory-stretched version of the 1997 to 2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ with 15 additional inches of length (10 of which were added to the wheelbase). The extra length created more interior space, while the longer wheelbase improved towing capability and improved the Wrangler's ride quality. The base Jeep Wrangler LJ came with some pretty cool off-road hardware, too—a Dana 30 front axle, limited-slip Dana 44 rear axle, coil springs, and 3.73 gears. With a longer, fully-boxed frame, it was ripe for customization and suspension upgrades.
Does this six-door Jeep LJ take the whole long-wheelbase idea too far? Did they stretch it just a bit too far (insert sarcasm) beyond its factory 103 inches or Genright's ideal, 115 inches? Did its creators even know that they were essentially destroying a much-coveted, low-volume Jeep that came from the factory with what could be considered an amazing wheelbase?
It is almost impressive that the builder committed to an extra-long soft top and using the Wrangler's low-cut half doors, but that's the closest we'll get to praise here. That the Jeep's Trail Rated badge was left in place is an affront—the only thing that could possibly hurt more would be if this limo had been hacked into being out of an LJ Rubicon model. Since they were going to turn the thing into a slinky anyway, why not start with a regular, shorter wheelbase, and far more common TJ?
We'll never know the answers, just like we'll probably really never know the difference between good wine and bad wine. We'll just cry inside and hope this particular limo doesn't have too many clones. Actually, how about no clones at all?