For picking a Sport or Sahara over a Rubicon to mod to your taste? I can understand financial reasons but are there others? I have a Sahara but want a Rubi to fix up just because it's the ultimate off road. But sometimes I just want to get out in the garage and get after what I have.
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you pay for a sahara, its all bling. at least the Rubi its all mechanical,excepting the stickers. If itwas my thinking i would pass on the sahara for the rubi. If all you can swing is a sport than its moot.
The cost of upgrades will far out cost the base rubi .unless you can do the work. Are you going to rebuild a new Jeep and have the money to do those upgardes?
Sure if you have the money for a Rubicon and don't intend on replacing what you're paying for to being with, I'd get one. Long term I've heard some concern with repair costs of the stock lockers. But I don't know how common issues have been (again long term)?
Personally, when I ordered my Sport, financial reasons was part of my decision as I'm married. How is that?
Well no jeep will ever be all that hard in the end. If you want the "ultimate." Then you need a built rock crawler and trailer to tow it there. As they are not street legal, well here they get away with it as long as you have a plate and the basics. One pluss of living in this part of AZ. Rock Buggies are not great DD. Rubicons are not rock Buggies, no matter what you do to it.
Stock Rubicons with 35"s and at least a 3 to 3+ lift will take you along way. They will also take you to work or on that 2k road trip to that bucket list trail you wanted to do.