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spyder6 12-19-2009 08:51 PM



Thanks for the opportunity and the chance to enter!

Name: Greg Gunkel
Username: Gunkel

Specs & Mods:

2006 Jeep Wranger Unlimited (LJ) *06' LJ build...Fireproof*
Rubicon express 5.5 springs, long arms, belly pan, quick disconnects
Rubicon express mono tubes and steering stabilizer.
Poison Spyder HD Steering and steering gear skid plate
4.0 auto
D44/30 combo with Ridler covers
NP231 with advance adapter SYE kit
Tom Woods rear drive shaft
37" Goodyear MTR's on Spyderlock beadlock wheels
Homemade front bumper/stinger/winch mount
Homemade rear bumper/tire carrier
KC windshiled light mounts and a set of daylighters with custom grilles
Ramsey winch with synthetic rope and HD hook
Poison spyder rear crusher corners with LED tail lights and custom LED marker lights
SRC front tube fenders with custom tube flares, LED turn signals, and LED marker lights
Poison Spyder Helldaro rocker guards
Poison Spyder full cage kit with spyder gussets and spyder web gussets
Beard seats/Simpson harnesses
Custom LED ambient lighting
Texas Ranger CB, firestick antenna
Gentex rear view mirror with homelink, temp, and compass
Optima blue top battery
PPG base coat/clear coat paint system
Upol Raptor tinted*liner

Current projects:
D44 front axle: Reid racing knuckles, stage 8 spindle nuts, e-locker or ARB, 5:38's, warn hubs, trussed, etc.
D44 rear axle: Detroit, 5:38's, trussed etc.


I purchased this vehicle back in February 2008 from a friend of mine that owns a local junk yard, the vehicle was a "burn unit" that had obviously been totaled by the junk yard. Over the last year and a half I have removed/rebuilt almost every nut and bolt on the jeep with my own two hands. The only thing that I did not do myself was bend the front "hoop" for the front bumper (lack of tubing bender), paint work, welding, fabbing, etc. was all done by me. I actually built this on a budget as well, many of the parts were either craigslist finds (seats, winch, front axle), closeouts that were discounted (PSC corners, steering), jeep forum vender discounts (lift, shocks, SYE, knuckle's) or ebay finds (CB, mirror, harness's). Many thanks to all of the jeepforum members who provided inspiration throughout this build, along with motivation when my wife/kids were wondering if I was having an affair! (honestly, I swear I am down at the shop working on the jeep).




Anyway, on to my submission.

Photos: *According to Photobucket these were imported at the required size of 600x800 so I am hoping this is correct.

Specifications / Modifications:

2004 TJ Sport
4.0L I-6
Optima Yellow top Battery*
5 speed transmission*
4 wheel disc brakes
22,000 miles

*Front Axle = Trussed Dana 30, OX locked, OTK 1 ton steering, Vanco Big brake kit
*Rear Axle = Trussed Dana 44, Ox locked.
*Gear Ratio = 4.88

*3.5" TnT Customs dual triangulated Long Arm with high clearance belly pan.
*Fox Remote Res shocks with TnT outboard kit.
*Antirock sway bar system

Tires / wheels
*35x12.5 Mickey Thompson MTZ on 15x8.5 Rock Monster Hutchinson double beadlock - full size spare

*Warn XD9000i

*TnT 4.5" tube fenders & extended wheel well corners. *Rock hard rockers, Road Armor front bumper/stinger, Wilderness rear bumper system.

*Rock Hard sport cage - bolt in roll cage
*Cargo Master roof rack
*Cobra CB
*Wilderness Jerry can carrier*

Brief story:
I purchased this Jeep 3 years ago. *I had always wanted a wrangler and after a Spring trip to Moab I caught the fever. *I made minor modifications after I bought the jeep spending time wheeling to determine what I would want to do. *I utilized Jeep Forum and began making a plan well over a year ago. *I began ordering and stockpiling parts early last summer in preparation for the winter build project.

In August of 2008 I pulled my Jeep into my garage where I worked on it for the following six months. *By January of 2009 it was again drivable. *Other than the axle truss welding, fender painting, re-gearing and exhaust system the work was done by myself - including mounting and balancing my tires. *I had very limited knowledge of this type of work prior to this project and learned a lot because of it. *I utilized Jeep Forum as well as whenever a question came up.

My goal for this Jeep was to create a well built "all around" jeep - one that could perform well in Moab and on the high way on the way to work. *I was also wanting more than just a "beater" I want it to turn heads and look good.

Now that I have been able to drive it for almost 6 months I could not be happier with this Jeep. *It performed better than expected in Moab this Spring and handles great on the freeway at 70 mph. *I cringe a little sometimes when I drive through brush or smack a rock but remind myself that its a Jeep doing what it was meant to... *

If interested, you can see my build at:*Idaho Jeep Build



Thanks for the opprotunity, here is my submission for the August poll.

Name: Sean Reina
Username: -sean-


2004 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (LJ).* Project Long Red One: Project: Long Red One
Tub sectioned to TJ spec. Project L-TJ: Project L-TJ: Sectioning ( Bobbing ) an LJ tub to TJ spec's. - Pirate4x4.Com Bulletin Board
Comp cut rear.
Campbell Ent. glass hood (modified). AutoFab hood pins and extensive under hood accessory relocation.
Currie front and rear bumpers. (modified)
4.0 and automatic transmission.
NP231 w/ Advanced Adapter SYE and Novak shifter.
Tom Woods rear drive shaft.
Rear D44: Trussed, Crusher cover, ARB, Yukon 4:88 gears, Alloy USA axles.
Front high pinion D30: Trussed, Crusher cover, ARB, Yukon 4:88 gears, Alloy USA inner and outer shafts and billet seals.*
One Ton over knuckle steering.
37" Goodyear MT/R's.*
ProComp aluminum wheels, 15x8.
Front suspension is three link, long arm using OME 2.5 springs.
Rear suspension is double triangulated long arm using 106AA springs. Outboarded shocks.
Doetsch Pre-Runner shocks.
Currie bump stops front and rear. (modified)
Custom "belly-up" skid and cross member.*
Currie Anti-Rock.
1" BL w/ 1" M.O.R.E motor mounts.
Front and rear L.E.D. lights.
Mile-Marker 12,000 lb. winch w/ HD hook and fairlead.*
RCI fuel cell.
RedTop Optima in BTF mount (modified).
Uniden CB radio, Firestick antenna.
The Source C02 tank.
Empi RaceLine seats (3)
U-Pol Raptor tub liner.
PolyPerformance Racing steering wheel w/ quik disconect.

Current Projects:
Front D60 and 6" stretch.
Full Hydro steering.
Rear 14 bolt.


congrats to all!!

RubiconRazorbac 12-19-2009 08:54 PM

What a great contest and a great lineup. Lots of hard work in those Jeeps! Great job guys.:cheers2:


DaleII 12-19-2009 08:54 PM

Awesome! Love all the Jeeps guys and Congratulations!!


Kenbo-Slice 12-19-2009 09:00 PM

Three AMAZING rigs.

2006_Sport 12-19-2009 09:10 PM

Good Job guys. You earned it!

GroundAssault 12-19-2009 09:12 PM

Way to go guys......

black954 12-19-2009 09:31 PM

GUNKEL certainly deserves it, what an awesome TJ

-sean- 12-19-2009 11:38 PM

Thanks everyone!

Looking through the user names that voted for my rig was very uplifting.

I hope everyone here on JF has a great Christmas! :cheers2:

missionAvs 12-19-2009 11:55 PM

Congrats guys, you all earned it!!

Redarcher89 12-20-2009 01:06 AM

Congrats to all. Can't wait for the calender.:thumbsup:

RogueSpear2023 12-20-2009 01:57 AM

Congrats, have a merry (whatever is politically correct for you) and a happy new year, I can't wain to see the calendar either.

VanBCguy 12-20-2009 02:14 AM

Congrats to you all guys. It's a pleasure to see all of your builds. I can't wait for the calendar!

cmoore 12-20-2009 08:02 AM

Congrats to all of the TJOTM rigs. Hope to see them all together on trail some day (maybe this EJS??).

LGriffith 12-20-2009 08:07 AM

I have to say I voted for Sean's rig, but every one of these jeeps completely deserve the win. Congrats fellas, job well done. :thumbsup:

Airdoc 12-20-2009 08:10 AM

Congrats to all the TJOTY Winners as well as TJOTM Winners!! Great builds!!!

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