Fans asked for it, so here it is: the t-shirt for my 2002 Jeep Wrangler TJ that I always hashtag as #GenericJeep when I post photos of my adventures in this do-it-all 4x4. The t-shirt features some of the most realistic art we’ve ever had, capturing a moment of maximum flex. These shirts are Made in USA of 100% cotton and they are soft and comfy. Get one today.
I’ve been surprised how many people are interested in the tech specs on my TJ, so this is as good a place as any to spell it out. The ’02 features an all-stock 4.0L inline six and the factory NV3550 five-speed stick. I upgraded the transfer case to a factory NP241OR—which is the Rubicon case with 4:1 gearing—and upgraded it with a Terraflex shift plate that allows me to have low-range in two-wheel drive.
The axles are the major expense in the Jeep. I wanted 100 percent reliability, so I popped for Dynatrac’s ProRock 44 up front and ProRock 60 out back, both in stock widths. Both ends carry 4.88 gears and Air Locker differentials. The front assembly uses RCV axles and joints. The suspension has Currie 4-inch springs (HD versions in the back), Currie track bars, and a mix of Currie and Rubicon Express adjustable control arms. I have stock sway bars with JKS quick-disconnects up front. I have Bilstein shocks in the back and am about to install them in the front as well. With a 1-inch body lift and some trimming of the stock fender flares, I clear 35x12.50-15 Cooper ST/Maxx tires on 15x10 steel wheels. As for accessories, I have a Warn 9,000-pound winch, a Rock Hard tire carrier, and a Rock Hard bolt-on interior roll cage.
So now you all the specs on this ultimate average Jeep that can be driven on the highway, but that’s more than capable enough for the Rubicon and beyond. That means you’ll be able to explain it to people as you wear your Generic Jeep t-shirt on trails worldwide!