So for those of you who have seen my Rubi-clone rant thread (http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f176/...lones-1303982/
), I came to a realization - other than lockers in the front and rear 44s and the NP241OR t-case, is there really much advantage to the Rubicon? More importantly, is there enough to account for the $2,000 and more most buyers are asking for simply because of the "Rubicon" badging?
Not a Rubicon...which is okay considering how much chrome would have to be removed
Yes, I've read http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/st...1/#post4118327
Selectable lockers front and rear - advantage Rubi.
D44 rear - Both have rear D44s, the LJ with a limited slip. Tie.
D44 front - not sure it's an advantage, as it shares multiple parts with the LP D30 anyhow. A high-pinion D30 out of a late-model XJ will be very
similar strengthwise, with the added advantage of somewhere around an inch of ground clearance. Consider the fact that I have a '96 XJ (with the high-pinion D30 and larger u-joints) that I might not sell when I buy the LJ, and the low-pinion D44 really isn't as attractive. Advantage LJ.
T-case. This is the one point in which the LJ Rubi has the advantage, simply because 4:1 reduction beats 2.72:1 - without having to install anything. Advantage Rubi.
So what else am I missing that really stands out with the LJ Rubi over the LJ? Anything? Or am I better off to expand my search parameters to include all '05-06 LJs? I'm still strongly in favor of the 6-speed so '04 isn't really an option.