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Unread 06-13-2008, 10:48 PM   #1
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Rubicon Trail and the 4 door Rubicon JK....?

Searching for some definite answers from peeps that have been on the Rubicon.

Have met a bunch of other jeepers and am getting an earful of conflicting whatevers: NONE have a JK: but they're all divided as to **IF** I would make it and/or **How well thrashed** my Stock 4 door Rubicon would be by the end of the Rubicon trail....

So speak up if you've been-- especially if you've (now) got a JK and have been. Been told I need taller tires (than the stock 31.5's) and that the rubi rock sliders arn't up to the challenge~ saying I probably need some side armour. ALL claim I need some skid plates..........

So what gives? What's truth and what's fiction? i REALLY wanna go with these guys but dont wanna be the one getting hauled out!!!!!!

So is *Trail rated* just a slogan or something I can actually take to the trail this dang Jeep was named after????????????????

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Unread 06-13-2008, 11:14 PM   #2
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I dont have a JK like your looking for but from my wheeling experience skid plates are not a bad idea. Anything can happen even on simple trails. But I have seen some stock rubis make it through some decent trails. I think you could do it but would be taking a greater risk than people with lifted modified vehicles
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Unread 06-13-2008, 11:45 PM   #3
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Any suggestions on where/which to start with? Gas tank skid? An 'actual'...real skid for the disco instead of the plastic crap?
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Unread 06-14-2008, 02:16 AM   #4
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Id say oil pan and rockers are most critical. Post in the JK tech to get some priority suggestions from those guys
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Unread 06-14-2008, 08:24 AM   #5
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I would definitely recommend some body armour. Other than that, I believe a stock JK 4 door Rubicon would motor right through the trail. (with the right driver) Do a search on here for pictures from the trail and you will see some of the obstacles you have to go through.
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Unread 06-15-2008, 10:46 AM   #6
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I just went through this weekend in my 00 TJ. I have 4.5" of lift and 33's and never touched the rockers (but boy did I come close on several occasions. I did however smack the gas tank skid plate several times. I would think with your wheelbase and tires you will definatly smack a rocker in a few spots. It was my first time on the trail and I found that the real key is the correct line and most important TAKE YOUR TIME. If you go as slow as possible (which for me was even using the brakes while in 1st gear in Low range) and you will minimize the possible damage on the trail. I made it though in 2 days (overnight at Buck Island) and never used the winch. You will absolutely use both lockers, without mine I would have never made it without winching.
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Unread 06-15-2008, 11:33 AM   #7
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A couple of years ago, a buddy of mine was invited by DC to be a trail guide for a Rubicon run for the media. He got to drive a brand new 4-door JK. He said it did quite well. But then again, since it wasn't his Jeep, he didn't care about body damage.
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Unread 06-15-2008, 07:07 PM   #8
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Thanx folks. I **think** I've decided on a plan of action. Methinks I'm gonna do a Budget boost to start: just cant do all lift, armor, skids and tires at once. If I scrape.... I scrape.
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Unread 06-17-2008, 09:36 AM   #9
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I went through a few weeks ago I have a 4" lift and I'm still on 31's I scraped a few locations and hammered a lot of my under body armor. The big kids go through so fast they push a lot of rocks around. You should be OK for the loop between Wentworth and Loon lake. i found most of my slamming was between the Y and little sluice
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Unread 06-17-2008, 10:53 AM   #10
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I was up last weekend and didn't see any JK's at all.
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Unread 06-17-2008, 10:13 PM   #11
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Thanks guys-- I think I'm going bigger than a budget boost...a little bigger. Talking with a guy from trailmaster on another forum: just might do thier 5" lift with springs all around...... we'll see.

Time's my biggest problem now: I REALLY want to go but dont know if I can get the lift & get it installed by the date the jeepers are going. Might just have to wait until later this summer (I hope not....)
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Unread 06-19-2008, 12:06 PM   #12
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You can go without all the lift and such, just take your time, have a trustworthy spotter and ignore the *******es behind you if you are having trouble. They run stock Jeeps through it all weekend long on the jambos, rarely with issue.
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Unread 06-20-2008, 12:09 AM   #13
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Thanks for the addtional input: looks like the (first) scheduled Rubicon trip might be a wash for me-- cant get one of the 4 days needed off of work

But the good/hopeful news... I ordered the Trailmaster 5" kit with the springs all around today

pics when it done
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Unread 06-20-2008, 09:46 PM   #14
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Hey I ran the trail last weekend. It was a blast. Personally if I had a stock JK, I wouldn't run it unless your willing to accept damage. I have 35s with a 6" lift and 1" body lift. I hit my gas tank/rear bumper a few times. I hit my rockers a few times as well. I agree with one of the posts above that you could easily run the trail from Loon Lake to the granite bowl and to the little sluice. It also depends on what time of year you go. The difference is night and day between running it now and running it with the Jamboree or after. They throw alot of rocks to fill the holes.
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The difference is night and day between running it now and running it with the Jamboree or after. They throw alot of rocks to fill the holes.

You mean it looks like Cal-Trans paved it.
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