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Unread 12-16-2007, 10:01 AM   #1
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JK or TJ Rubicon?

My 98 TJ is totaled, so now I need something else. I'm going between a 2-door TJ Rubicon or a new 2-door JK Rubicon. What would you choose?

My old TJ had a 1.75" puck lift just to clear 31" tires. I did very occasional mild off-roading only, mostly daily driving. But I simply like stuff that is cool, and I want to keep my options open. I always envied the Rubicon for the non-slip yoke T-case because I got vibes on the TJ even with the mild lift.

I'm surprised at the price of the TJ Rubicons. I'm seeing $17K+, which isn't much discount from a new JK really.

I like the in-line 6 on the TJ and am apprehensive about the minivan V6 in the JK. I could change the oil from above on the TJ. I also like things to be spartan and durable. I had my TJ line-x'd on the inside and it got rained on with the top off many times with no ill effects. Will a JK operate that way?

Thanks for any input.

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Unread 12-16-2007, 01:38 PM   #2
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until the JK's have some time under there belt and have proven to be as hearty as the TJ's i will be partial to the TJs. I just like the fact that the TJ is a well proven design along with the straight six. if it were me i would find a TJ in excellent condition and not think twice about it.

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Unread 12-19-2007, 07:37 PM   #3
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After owning my TJ Rubicon for right at a year and just looking at the JK Rubicon, I prefer the looks and interior feel of the TJ. The very high back rear seats look like they would obstruct rear view, although they probly do provide rear passenger safety.

I don't like the plastic front fender thing, the cloth materials and the smallish buttons on the center stack.

My only regret with buying my TJ was not buying an Unlimited. I REALLY need the extra space behind the back seat!
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Unread 12-19-2007, 07:44 PM   #4
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until the JK's have some time under there belt and have proven to be as hearty as the TJ's .....
I just like the fact that the TJ is a well proven design along with the straight six......
Wow, you guys still exist? The CJ guys who said YJ's aren't real Jeeps are gone, tha YJ guys who thought the TJ was a wimpy street car are gone...
The TJ guys who thinks JKs are less capable will disappear, too.

It shouldn't take as long as it has.


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......I'm surprised at the price of the TJ Rubicons. I'm seeing $17K+, which isn't much discount from a new JK really.....
WHAT??!!! JK Rubis are $30k+

Anyway.. my vote... JK.
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Unread 12-19-2007, 08:28 PM   #5
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[QUOTE=Kyle Deidrick]until the JK's have some time under there belt and have proven to be as hearty as the TJ's i will be partial to the TJs. I just like the fact that the TJ is a well proven design along with the straight six. if it were me i would find a TJ in excellent condition and not think twice about it.

-Kyle[/QUOTE
agreed
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Unread 12-19-2007, 08:56 PM   #6
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.....agreed
No offense, but you're driving a YJ. How long will you be waiting to see if TJ's will "prove themselves"?
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Unread 12-19-2007, 09:49 PM   #7
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I had the same dilema...I just prefer the TJ so that's what I went with.
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Unread 12-20-2007, 12:26 AM   #8
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No offense, but you're driving a YJ. How long will you be waiting to see if TJ's will "prove themselves"?
just because hes driving a YJ doesn't mean that he is against TJ's, heck if i could afford it i would be driving a number of different jeeps but i cant afford it so i will be sticking with what i have.

now to the point, when jeep put out the new JK they completely rid themselves of the 4.0 I6 which has been jeeps flagship motor for a many number of years. the convert to this v6 which as i stated "i" would give it some more time to prove itself. we jeep owners are so used to the long lasting effect of the I6 that we may find ourselves disappointed with the new v6.

so again i say "i" would wait for it to prove itself, you can go and do what you want.

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Unread 12-20-2007, 10:58 AM   #9
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No offense, but you're driving a YJ. How long will you be waiting to see if TJ's will "prove themselves"?
just because i drive a yj doesn't mean i don't want to get a tj. Springs are much easier and cheaper to work on than coils, and my jeep was a steal for the price. I don't need to see the tj's proove themselves, i just can't afford one. I have driven and been fourwheeling in several tj's, and they are an all around better jeep in my opinion
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Unread 12-21-2007, 03:22 PM   #10
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a lot of the Jeep owners have vehicles that they have acquired due to happenstance, right Jeep at the right price, aquired from family member, so on and so forth, and fix it up as they go along, although I own a great YJ, I too love the TJ Rubicon, just not in the budget right now, and I do not want to get rid of my awesome YJ. Everyone of the Jeep models that is on this forum are great in thier own way, although debating the attributes of specific models is a subject favorite.
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Unread 12-21-2007, 03:34 PM   #11
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I prefer the TJ for myself/offroading. If I had enough money I would buy my fiance a JK so I could use it every once in a while and while driving the family around town.
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Unread 12-21-2007, 04:00 PM   #12
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I've owned an 89 wrangler 6cyl 5spd soft top, 99 wrangler 6cyl a/t dual tops and now have an '07 4dr. sahara soft top a/t. The difference in ride and comfort are unbelievable. The soft top on the '07 is quieter than the hard top on the 99 even at freeway speeds. The '07 gets way better gas mileage than either of the others. 17-19 around town and 21-23 freeway. I have the 4.10 gears which puts the engine in a better power range on the freeway than the 3.73 or 3.21 gears. Offroading my JK is every bit as capable as either of the ones I used to own...EXCEPT... it is wider and tends to scrape the bushes, rocks or whatever. Have not found a place it is too wide to go thru yet but am sure I will at some point. the "minivan" motor has been brutalized by soccer moms for years so it must be reliable.

There you have it! My $.02
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