Its the $$$ compared to how hard they plan to wheel. Moderate wheelers are fine with less, medium to semi rough are fine with rubi - but to rock slam (which don't get me wrong I have the scars to prove stock Rubi can do some things that even a built sport couldn't) - you probably ARE better off starting with a sahara or sport because you end up with stronger stuff for just a bit more than the Rubi with armor and accessories added.
I chose the Rubi as it is not as common so even before being accessorized it helps draw eyes to my marks prominently displayed on the windows and in my color scheme. I bought as a company vehicle, built it to perform as well as look good. It works QUITE well at getting attention. I only need it to haul my work gear three to four months out of the year - nov to feb. after that it would just sit there so I sold it (to get the capital back into my business), with a lease back on a per month plus per mile lease. The lessor runs it a couple places a year (minus my marks) - and we each fix our own damage.
Its just a sweet side effect that I DO wheel with friends - a group trip once a year - the Jeep Jamboree @ Rubicon. I went four times with a friend in his well built TJ Rubi, then rented a jeep one year at Moab to "extended test drive the JK" - lol - before buying my own. I wheel a park or two when time permits but not a lot. And since I trailer - the Rubicon Trail costs me 63.75 (.80 per mile) on the lease!
4:1 lo with lockers right out of the box made it quick (and pretty damn easy) to get a rig on the trail when I decided to go... other than that if time and money were no object - I'd build my own 8" stretch CJ from the floor up.
J Wm Bishop EA, ASADE
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