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Unread 02-08-2014, 07:17 AM   #1
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I'm wondering if anyone can help me figure out some stuff about the Rubicon 03-06. I have a great little yj but time to upgrade. I'm looking at the Rubicon due to its lockers. What I don't know is all years have selectable rear AND front lockers or if some are just rear.

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Unread 02-08-2014, 07:25 AM   #2
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Rubicons have front and rear lockers and a Torsen type clutchless limited slip in the back. If you're thinking manual transmissions, only the '05 and '06 have the MB 6 speed.
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Unread 02-08-2014, 08:22 AM   #3
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Awesome. Thanks a bunch. Anything you know about them that I should watch out for when doing the pre purchase?
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Unread 02-08-2014, 10:22 AM   #4
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Rust, but you probably already know that coming from the YJ world.
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Unread 02-08-2014, 10:56 AM   #5
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I've been pretty lucky with the rust situation so far (BC vehicle) and tho my yj has been great, I'm torn. I would really like her to be as capable as the Rubicon but for my to get here there it would be ridiculous $. I have been looking for places that sell completely redone jeeps (brand new lift/drive train, etc) - preferably Rubicon. Problem is that I really don't want anything after 06 yet everywhere I've gone won't finance anything that old, regardless of mileage. 500 a month is doable but having 25k handy isn't....
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Unread 02-08-2014, 11:22 AM   #6
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Then you have to ask yourself a question... Do you really want a 25-30k Jeep on the trails getting torn up. If it were me I would build the YJ unless you have problems.
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Unread 02-08-2014, 11:33 AM   #7
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Then you have to ask yourself a question... Do you really want a 25-30k Jeep on the trails getting torn up. If it were me I would build the YJ unless you have problems.
Obviously I'm a little biased b/c I own a TJ, but my dad has a YJ...

I'd say, depending on your needs a Rubicon is a very nice option.

If it were me, I'd go for a 03-04 with the 5 speed & not having to mess with the OPDA issues (although, that doesn't seem that bad to deal with).

The 6speed has a great 1st gear & isn't bad though.

...but I'd still personally go for an 03/04.

A stock Rubicon on 31s/32s & some well done armor & tt can be a very capable jeep.

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Unread 02-08-2014, 11:35 AM   #8
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You're right about that whole thought. Most of where I go is on the island and most of that is fairly tame. It does get scratched and I'll smoke the odd thing with the skid plates but what I'm really after is the lockers. And a bit of a lift. My only thinking was that if I drop $ into a newer vehicle, it would last longer (being my daily driver as well) and if I bought newer, it would take me everywhere I need to go for camping /fishing /hunting. And still be good to dump daily miles on.
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Unread 02-08-2014, 11:44 AM   #9
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You're right about that whole thought. Most of where I go is on the island and most of that is fairly tame. It does get scratched and I'll smoke the odd thing with the skid plates but what I'm really after is the lockers. And a bit of a lift. My only thinking was that if I drop $ into a newer vehicle, it would last longer (being my daily driver as well) and if I bought newer, it would take me everywhere I need to go for camping /fishing /hunting. And still be good to dump daily miles on.
This is why I would've loved to have gotten a Rubicon, if I could've afforded it.

In my mind a Rubicon with good skids, maybe a 1-2" lift & a 1" BL (to tuck everything up), & 31s, would be a very, very nice dd & considering the lockers & 4:1

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