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Unread 08-31-2011, 12:59 AM   #1
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Built-upYJ or Stock Rubicon?

This has been on my mind for some time, so I will see what everyone here thinks.

If you had $15,000-$18,000 to spend on a used Wrangler, would you buy a cheap YJ and fix it up to your liking ...or...would you buy a used Rubicon completely in stock form (using only the 15 to 18 grand total for each)? Please explain why.

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Unread 08-31-2011, 01:12 AM   #2
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I would buy a YJ for 3-4K, Build it up with the other 10-11k. It would be more capable, An a hell of a lot stronger then the Stock Rubi
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Unread 08-31-2011, 05:06 AM   #3
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Oh hell yes i would buy another square-eyed beauty and put all the goodies on it.

That's a lot of $$ to mod a YJ
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Unread 08-31-2011, 07:25 AM   #4
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I'd rather build mine than buy mine.
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Unread 08-31-2011, 07:26 AM   #5
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Buy a cheap TJ (not a Rubi) and fix it up. Then you have coils
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Unread 08-31-2011, 07:32 AM   #6
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Start w/ the YJ and make it what you want rather than what somone else designed.... but I also lean towards
the post that suggests buying a very cheap TJ and building from there.
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Unread 08-31-2011, 07:41 AM   #7
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This isn't a good comparison question. You are asking about two completely different vehicles. The differences between these two vehicles are so great that only you could make this decision. The frames, differentials, suspensions, transmissions, transfer cases, electronics, fuel systems, ignition systems,... The list of differences goes on and on.

Which base vehicle do you prefer? There's your answer.
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Unread 08-31-2011, 10:11 AM   #8
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Yj for sure you could build it to be a ridiculous amount tougher and to your liking with the extra money.
Rubies are nice stock but to upgrade it your still gonna wanna do axle swaps for larger tires and such. D44s are nice but there not 60s you could throw in a yj with the extra money.
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Unread 08-31-2011, 12:33 PM   #9
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Real Jeeps have round headlights
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Unread 08-31-2011, 12:39 PM   #10
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Real Jeeps have round headlights
And leaf springs all round ;p
Couldn't afford a good cj and tj's are too expensive and I don't like the looks much.
So eventually I'll probably put a cj front on my yj.
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Unread 08-31-2011, 01:20 PM   #11
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This isn't a good comparison question. You are asking about two completely different vehicles. The differences between these two vehicles are so great that only you could make this decision. The frames, differentials, suspensions, transmissions, transfer cases, electronics, fuel systems, ignition systems,... The list of differences goes on and on.

Which base vehicle do you prefer? There's your answer.

You just made my point (of the question). Basically, is the Rubicon in all its stock factory built glory as good as, or better than what you could do building up a stock YJ for the same amount of money?

I know preferences play a big role...but putting all of that aside, is the extra $10,000 to 12,000 invested in a stock YJ going to match or exceed the function and performance of a stock used Rubicon (again with the same money)?
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Unread 08-31-2011, 01:28 PM   #12
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With that much money you could do so much with a used non rubi TJ that imo it wouldnt be worth getting the YJ (for a little more you could get everything the TJ has over the YJ from the factory). And then ide rather have a built TJ than a stock TJ Rubi.
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Unread 08-31-2011, 01:46 PM   #13
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The built yj will be much better the the factory rubicon. IMO
because you can build a nice SOA rig with lockers and built axles. You will even have enough for a motor swap so you can completely build the yj to how ever intense you want to get.
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Unread 08-31-2011, 02:46 PM   #14
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To me, it depends on how much your time is worth.

Yes, that much money can possibly build a better Jeep than a stock Rubicon. But, it would take a good amount of time do so.

Are you up for the project? Or do you just wanna get a Jeep and go have fun?

Time, tools, garage space, all ain't free. Or quick.
Just my $0.02
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