Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Jamestown, ND
Ok the differance is the Rubicon was made for off roading, and yes there is a significant difference, do a search,
D44s front and rear
Electric lockers front and rear
Stronger drive shafts
4:1 Low transfer case, it's also stronger with larger chain
4.10 gearing from the factory
32" Mud terrains from the factory
So not the engine and transmission are the same, but after that everything else is considerably stronger, it was designed for off roading. The lockers are very helpful off road and if you plan on using a jeep for off roading I would get the Rubicon, it's really a no brainier. If you were a soccer mom and wanted to look nice get the Sahara
D44 rear D30 Front
limited slip rear option
2.72:1 Low transfer case standard strength
30s or 31s I believe.
Basically the Sahara is just a nicer looking version of every other jeep, if you want less frills get an X and save the money for mods.
2003 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
4.0L, 42RLE, Dual Tops, Full Doors, JKS Front Disconnects, Cragar Soft 8 Black Wheels, 33x12.5x15 Goodyear Duratracs, .75" Front Coil Spacers, Bushwacker 6" Flat Fender Flares, Skid Row Steering Box Skid, LubeLockers, Rubicon Locker Mod, OBA, Cobra 19 Ultra III CB, 3' Firestik, Rough Country 2.2 Steering Stabilizer, RC 1.25" BL, RC 1" MML, RC Grab Handles, Fog Lamp Bent Pin Mod, 4" Apline S Series Speakers, Kenwood Excelon 6.5" Speakers, 6.5" JL Audio 6W3V3 Subwoofer (in center console) w/MTX Thunder 202 amp, IPF H4 Headlight Housing, Sliverstar H4 bulbs.
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"Buying a jeep and not taking it off road, is like buying a dragster and never taking it to the track"