The TJ Wrangler Unlimited also known as the LJ is a rare Jeep model that in many ways signifies the transition from the Wrangler as a utilitarian off-road only vehicle to an economical mid-sized SUV. Although much smaller than the more modern four door unlimited Jeep JK, the TJ Wrangler Unlimited was the mark of the Wrangler evolving and becoming more versatile. Rather than be an off-road or cruise vehicle only, it could now be viable for hauling a little, towing some and carrying more in general. This makes the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited TJ an ideal choice for those who seek the older TJ style with some extra space for camping or similar activities.
Listed below are other reasons a potential buyer would select an LJ which can also be seen as benefits to the Unlimited body style.
- Longer wheel-base better for off-roading
- Longer wheelbase allows for double towing capacity
- Better power to weight ratio than newer Wrangler
- Lower price than newer JK Wrangler Unlimited
- Bare bones amenities
- Rarity of vehicle
Unlimited Options and Features
Unlike the standard wheelbase TJ the unlimited was only available in one package or as the Rubicon Unlimited. The Rubicon however was only available for model years 2005 and 2006 making it much rarer. All LJs feature a 10 inch longer wheelbase (15 inch overall length increase) and a Dana 44 rear axle with a 3.73 gear ratio along with the Command-Trac 231 transfer case. The Rubicon version of the Unlimited features both front and rear Dana 44s and the Rock-Trac four wheel drive system with a 4:1 low gear ratio and air-actuation locking differentials. Also standard with Rubicon models were diamond plate rocker panels, 16 inch alloy wheels and larger Goodyear MTR P245/75-R16 tires.
LJ Production Numbers
Listed below are the various production numbers for the Unlimited Wrangler TJ.
2004 – 11,822 Unlimited
2005 – 7,450 Unlimited
2005 – 5,854 Unlimited Rubicon
2006 – 14,624 Unlimited
2006 – 6,742 Unlimited Rubicon
33,896 – Unlimited
12,596 – Unlimited Rubicon
46,492 – Total
2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited For Sale
Because the LJ is rarer than other models produced in 2005 there is much less availability. Many enthusiasts are willing to travel across the country to find a 2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited LJ in the right condition. Use the Unlimited link in the top right hand corner of this page to see all the current 2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited LJs for sale in the United States and Canada.