ExPo Classifieds: Rubicon Unlimited LJ with 9,800 Miles

Before we had the JL or the JK, and before we had the four-door Wrangler, there was the amazing Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, also known as the LJ. This jeep was only produced from 2004-2006 and was essentially a TJ stretched out an additional 15 inches, giving the owner 13 more inches of cargo space, 2 more inches of leg room for rear passengers, and a larger towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. It did have a few other differences though, notably that a Dana 44 rear axle with a 3.73 gear ratio and the Command-Trac NV231 transfer case came standard on all models. When the Rubicon variant was introduced in 2005, things went from cool to amazing very quickly. In this spec, the unlimited now boasted front and rear Dana 44 axles with a Rock-Trac NV241 4WD system, larger MT tires, and some other small additions not available on lower grade models. As few as 12,500 were produced in these specifications, and even fewer with manual transmissions, which makes today’s listing darn near unobtanium. It’s a final year Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited, with a manual transmission, assortment of carefully chosen upgrades, and a mind-blowingly low 9,800 original miles.

According to the seller, the original owner was a Long Island New Yorker who purchased the Jeep and the bulk of the accessories you see here. Too busy to use it, he only drove it 4,932 miles until its listing in 2016. At the time, it sold in under four hours. The new owner bought it and drove it 3,000 miles home to Nevada, where it received a full service and overhaul. Over the following two years, it accumulated an additional 2,000 miles, until it was sold to the current owner. He had been searching for the perfect LJ to replicate his former rock buggy, but after purchasing this low-mile example, quickly realized it would be a shame to cut it apart, thus it is once again up for sale.

From the pictures, it’s clear that this thing is immaculate, and needs nothing to go on its next adventure. The interior appears as new, with stain- and wear-free seats, a cargo space complete with WeatherTech mats, and the factory radio still in place. The engine bay may as well have just rolled off the showroom floor, the undercarriage is clean enough to eat off of, and exterior appears as new.

Of course, this Rubicon is far from stock, so you’ll also get a fairly extensive set of upgrades with the purchase, including the following components.

  • Nth Degree Mobility Tummy Tucker (New Style Nth14070AA)
  • Nth Degree Mobility Stinger Rod End (Nth97009)
  • Nth Degree Mobility Wrangler LJ Stinger (Nth14105AA)
  • Nth Degree Mobility Dana 44 Slider – Rear Rubicon (Nth24200AB)
  • Nth Degree Mobility shock shifter kit (Nth23100AC)
  • Nth Degree Mobility rear track bar tower (Nth29000AA)
  • Nth Degree Mobility front tack bar with adjustable base (Nth20400AA)
  • JKS adjustable lower control arms (front) JKS6100
  • Fox Performance Series IFP steering stabilizer
  • ACOS adjustable coil spring spacer (front)
  • ACOS adjustable coil spring spacer (rear)
  • Old Man Emu LJ front HD spring OME2933 2.5-inch progressive rate coil springs
  • Old Man Emu LJ rear HD spring OME2949 2.5-inch progressive rate coil springs
  • Old Man Emu TJ long travel shocks (front) OME60047L
  • Old Man Emu TJ long travel shock (rear) OME60049L
  • M.O.R.E. BombProof Motor Mount Kit 1-inch lift (Part # JM600L)
  • RockCrusher HD diff covers (front and rear)
  • Spidertrax Jeep 1.25-inch thick wheel spacers
  • Hanson winch mount front bumper (with flushed receiver hitch)
  • Rear swing-out tire carrier bumper
  • (4) BFG all-terrain LT315/75R16 tires
  • (1) Goodyear MT/R LT315/75R16 tire (spare-unused)
  • IPF 920H H4 headlamps
  • H4(9003) LED headlight bulbs with PHILIPS chips – 6000K 12000LM Super Bright cool white bulbs
  • IPF Xtreme Sport Series Driving Beam Light Kit 901XSD
  • Blue Monkey Motorsports, Inc. HealTech SpeedoHealer Plug-n-Play
  • Kilby Enterprises gas tank skid
  • Poison Spyder ricochet rockers

A vehicle of this caliber and quality is not going to come cheap, which explains the owner’s list price of $32,500 USD, enough to buy a new JL, though not equipped like this one. Still, we feel that the seller will almost certainly get this price, and should, given the rarity and quality of this stunning LJ. To learn more, visit the advertisement on the Expedition Portal Classifieds Section here. 

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Chris didn’t receive a real taste of the outdoors until moving to Prescott, Arizona, in 2009. While working on his business degree, he learned to fly and spent his weekends exploring the Arizona desert and high country. It was there that he fell in love with backcountry travel and four-wheel drive vehicles, eventually leading him to Overland Journal and Expedition Portal. After several years of honing his skills in writing, photography, and off-road driving, Chris now works for the company full time as Expedition Portal's Managing Editor.