What is this really? It was found browsing the Insurance Auto Auctions website this week. It appears to be a 2011 Jeep Wrangler TJ. Someone over at the Insurance Auto Auctions must be sleeping or not paying attention when entering in their vehicles for auction.
This Jeep, if it was truly a 2011, would be a JK, but by doing a bit more research and plugging the VIN in, it actually comes back that this Jeep is a 2002 TJ. Nine years in vehicle life makes a huge difference on the vehicle itself and in the value of it.
At some point, the Jeep got nicknamed “Landrunner,” owing to the Landrunner Conversions having done their handiwork to it and giving us this quasi-Hummer-Jeep-thing. The conversion kit give the appearance of being wider and longer than a stock Wrangler. One would think that adding this aftermarket fiberglass kit may be a waste, but it does have its benefits.
With the wider stance it lowers the center of gravity. The honeycombed running boards can support a quarter ton of force, so that being said, the fiberglass body can be easily used as a platform to access the roof rack that has been added. Yes, some people may think you’re crazy for adding something like this to your Jeep, but it can be considered just as extreme as adding fiberglass fenders to your prerunner.
The TJ has the standard 6 cylinder engine and what appears to be a manual transmission, as well as four-wheel-drive. It also only has 31,285 miles on the odometer, and comes equipped with a front bumper grill guard and part exocage/roof rack combination to protect what little metal is left. The interior of the vehicle looks to be the only thing not touched: it has the stock bucket front cloth seats, yet is missing the complete rear bench.
Altogether, this Jeep is still in decent shape. It needs a new one-piece conversion hood or a fiberglass miracle to put it back together, but other than that, it can still be a fairly decent trail rig. Taking into consideration the low miles, what other damage may be done to the right front, and the extensive amount of work that has been done to get it to look this way, if it can be picked up for the right price; it would not be a bad investment to get into.