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Unread 02-04-2013, 07:15 PM   #1
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Rubicon trail

Who here has done the rubicon trail? If so what specs did your jeep have? Lift, tires, etc.

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Unread 02-04-2013, 07:28 PM   #2
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I have not done Rubicon in my Jeep, but plan to in the near future.

I have had buddies do it in stock JKs and JKUs with swaybar disco and 33"s, both with and without lockers. Without got stuck a few times.
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Unread 02-04-2013, 07:30 PM   #3
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I have not done Rubicon in my Jeep, but plan to in the near future.

I have had buddies do it in stock JKs and JKUs with swaybar disco and 33"s, both with and without lockers. Without got stuck a few times.
Any body damage or anything broken?
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Unread 02-04-2013, 07:38 PM   #4
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No damage at all, unless you count a small amount of dragging on the frame rails on the JKU.

It's surprising how capable the JK models are when stock.

I would highly recommend taking your hardtop off though for the trip (if you are in a JK) because I have hear of people tearing the back corners of it up banging it on rocks.
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Unread 02-04-2013, 07:43 PM   #5
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Ya cause I got a tj on 33"s so was just wondering cause I wanted to try the trail this year. I don't have lockers either
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Unread 02-05-2013, 02:39 PM   #6
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Only done the trail with horses, so no recommendations, but be ready for some hairy stuff if the snow melt changes the trail much.
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Unread 02-05-2013, 08:11 PM   #7
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Who here has done the rubicon trail? If so what specs did your jeep have? Lift, tires, etc.
I wouldn't recommend trying it without at least one locker. 33's are ok, but 35's would be better. Definitely don't go there alone. The trail is very busy, and if you aren't setup right and block the trail, you will have a bunch of unhappy offroaders around you.

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Who here has done the rubicon trail? If so what specs did your jeep have? Lift, tires, etc.
Did it last September with a group. 33", rear locker, rock sliders and a spotter will get the job done. As someone else mentioned best to go with a group. Start at Loon lake, then go to to Buck Island Lake and camp. Next day you can make it all the way to Lake Tahoe. Its a great trail.
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Unread 02-13-2013, 01:33 AM   #9
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I did the it the first time with 35s and the second time with 33s, both JKUs with 2.5 RE lifts.. There are bypasses on some spots and if you have a good spotter you will be okay. It depends on your trip plans and how far you go.., I recommend minimum the following: 2-3in lift, 33-35 tires, on board air, full skid plates, disconnected for full articulation, on board welder, experienced spotter, two spares, recovery equipment (to help others of course) food and beer... I will be more than happy to go again. I am only a few hours away, so let me know and I can give you more details and provide you with a detailed list of what we had, or go with you. Cheers!
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Unread 02-13-2013, 12:56 PM   #10
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I did it solo 2 years ago in my TJ w/3.25" lift and 33s. I did have Rubi D44s front and rear. It only took 8 hours. Came in from Wentworth Springs to Lake Tahoe. Definately have rock sliders and I only put one small dent in fueltank skid plate. Had to use lockers going up 2 rock faces on Cadilac Hill to ensure I didn't slide off down the hill. I'd say it was easy for the Jeep, and almost too much for the driver for an 8 hour run, I was beat from the solid 8 hours of rocks on a warm day.
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Unread 03-11-2013, 10:23 PM   #11
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i did it last year with a local club.

saggy 4 inch lift, open front and rear on 35s. broke a tail light (slid off a rock to tap a tree) and some damage on right side fender and doors. but not bad at all.

this year ill be on full widths, 37s, and locked front and rear. sould be much more interesting
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