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Unread 12-26-2011, 09:38 AM   #16
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Some of you are crazy to think a rubi 6 speed needs to be regeared for 33s, but that's your opinion. Coming from a rubi Lj owner, yes my opinion may be a little biased, but it is totally worth the little extra when it comes to the upgrades. I have owned 4 other jeeps in my life and have spent tons of money on axles, lockers, compressors, Trannys, and everything else and it is better to skip all the bs and just buy a rubi. Especially how rare the rubi Ljs are getting they will hold the value if you are dumb enough to sale it. So yes the rubi Lj is worth it. That's my $.02

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Unread 12-26-2011, 06:31 PM   #17
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That extra $2000 is cheap compared to what it would cost to turn a regular LJ into a Rubi.

Lockers $1600+
Gears and install kits $500+
4:1 kit $1100+
Labor $2000+

Plus with the 44s you can gear lower than 4.88.
that is exactly why I went with a Rubicon over any other Wrangler. The factory goodies are hard to pass up over the cost of doing them through aftermarket accessories. I would have loved to find a LJ Rubicon for the extra room but they aren't found for sale often enough.

I have a problem modifying my vehicles, coming 'out of the box' with nearly everything already done and done right is hard to over look.
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Unread 12-26-2011, 06:45 PM   #18
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My LJ Rubicon also came with a transmission skid plate and gas tank skid plate. I don't know if it all Rubicons have them, but that could also help justify a higher price.

One thing on gearing, both my dana 30 in my XJ and my dana 44 in my LJ have 4.88's, and the sheer size difference is amazing. I would think that makes the dana 44 center section much stronger.
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Unread 12-26-2011, 08:22 PM   #19
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My LJ Rubicon also came with a transmission skid plate and gas tank skid plate. I don't know if it all Rubicons have them, but that could also help justify a higher price.

One thing on gearing, both my dana 30 in my XJ and my dana 44 in my LJ have 4.88's, and the sheer size difference is amazing. I would think that makes the dana 44 center section much stronger.
I could be mistaken but don't all wranglers have those skid plates? My YJ had them and I believe that the transfer case skid plate acts as the support for the transfer case as well.
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Unread 12-26-2011, 10:24 PM   #20
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Some of you are crazy to think a rubi 6 speed needs to be regeared for 33s, but that's your opinion.
I agree. No way I would re-gear for 33's, just not necessary. Now with the 35's I've considered a regear but dropping down to 5th gear gains 500 rpm, which gives the same rpm's as 4.56's in 6th gear, so I'm just livin' the rubicon dream.

I gladly paid the difference for the rubi after having a 05 LJ auto. It was worth the difference just to get away from the auto O/D trans.
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Unread 12-26-2011, 11:54 PM   #21
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My LJ Rubicon also came with a transmission skid plate and gas tank skid plate. I don't know if it all Rubicons have them, but that could also help justify a higher price.
All LJs, rubi or not, came with that gas tank skid, and all auto LJs, rubi or not, came with that transmission skid.
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Unread 12-27-2011, 08:26 PM   #22
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Some of you are crazy to think a rubi 6 speed needs to be regeared for 33s, but that's your opinion. Coming from a rubi Lj owner, yes my opinion may be a little biased, but it is totally worth the little extra when it comes to the upgrades. I have owned 4 other jeeps in my life and have spent tons of money on axles, lockers, compressors, Trannys, and everything else and it is better to skip all the bs and just buy a rubi. Especially how rare the rubi Ljs are getting they will hold the value if you are dumb enough to sale it. So yes the rubi Lj is worth it. That's my $.02
Starting from the last comment, I'm counting on someone being dumb enough to sell theirs. I'm used to having to regear with 33s, which is why I'm asking. Then again, I'm coming from XJs with 3.55 gearing on the AW-4 auto transmission. That's why I'm asking in this thread.

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that is exactly why I went with a Rubicon over any other Wrangler. The factory goodies are hard to pass up over the cost of doing them through aftermarket accessories. I would have loved to find a LJ Rubicon for the extra room but they aren't found for sale often enough.

I have a problem modifying my vehicles, coming 'out of the box' with nearly everything already done and done right is hard to over look.
This nicely sums up many of the comments in this thread, and really helps narrow things down in my mind. I'm really leaning toward the '05 and '06 LJ Rubi, according to cars.com there are two for sale within 30 miles of me and 78 nationwide. There are 378 LJs in the same group though...
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