The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited LJ is essentially a modern take on the CJ-8 Scrambler, sharing the same 103" wheelbase that made the CJ-8 so popular in the 1980s. As the 1990's and 2000's saw the disappearance of the classic "sports bar" of the CJ period, the half-cab option for the Scrambler was not carried over to the Jeep LJ. However, certain aftermarket companies, such as AEV and GR8TOPS, produce half cab tops for Jeep vehicles, although this necessitates modification of the factory roll bar system. This Jeep in particular has a GR8TOPS half-cab instead of the usual AEV version found on our RubiTrux Conversions. GR8TOPS also produces half-cab replacements for the CJ-8 Scrambler, in addition to Safari Tops for the Jeep Wrangler YJ/TJ/LJ, which resemble the old Meyers and World Cab hardtops found on certain Jeep CJ models in the 1970s and 1980s.If the hardtop throwback to the CJ-8 isn't enough, this LJ Rubicon also has a custom Jeep CJ tailgate conversion. When the CJ was replaced by the Wrangler in 1987, someone thought it would be a good idea to change the fold down tailgate (as found on a pickup truck) to a swing out tailgate (common on small SUVs, such as the Toyota RAV-4). While to most this is an insignificant change, and it did allow AMC/Chrysler to place the spare tire on the tailgate, instead of a tire carrier (cutting down on production cost), there's just something about a fold-down tailgate. Perfect for creating a small work-space or holding tools, drinks, food or other items, a fold-down tailgate is an awesome addition to any Jeep, and will certainly give it a unique look. In the case of this LJ, there is room for the spare tire in the bed if needed, and the absence of a tire carrier displays the stamped lettering quite nicely.
Instead of the usual 4.0L Inline-6 this Jeep sports an AEV-installed 5.7L V8 HEMI! As this is a Rubicon LJ, front and rear Dana 44s are standard, along with the 4.10 gear ratio and factory lockers. The 4.10s turn the 35" Toyo Open Country M/T tires nicely, while the Poison Spyder beadlocks ensure that even when aired down, these tires will not become unseated! In order to fit the 35's, a Rubicon Express 4.5" long arm was added, although the LJ may appear shorter due to the heavy bumper and winch combination. An ARB bumper protects the front of the Jeep, as well as the Warn winch housed within. The rear bumper is a JCR Offroad Vanguard bumper with flush-mounted LED light cubes. Both bumpers and the truck bed have been coated in Line-X to ensure that they remain scratch, rust and fade-free!
The interior of this Jeep Wrangler LJ Conversion features an aftermarket Alpine head unit and American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) Seat Covers. The vehicle retains the factory carpet, as well as most of the OEM interior. However, note the small bezel above the radio and HVAC controls, designed to hold the Jeep Trail Guide navigation system. This small nav system is great for long road trips or excursions into unfamiliar territory, and even detaches from the bezel for use as a hand-held GPS unit!
To wrap this up, this very unique LJ has a potential overhaul planned soon, with new wheels, bumpers and more; so stay tuned for the updated build, we can't wait to add the RubiTrux touch to this one of a kind 'rig!