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Unread 11-27-2013, 09:39 PM   #31
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I gotta stop looking on ksl... there are some good ones right now :/

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Unread 11-28-2013, 04:40 AM   #32
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I gotta stop looking on ksl... there are some good ones right now :/
lol yeah the curse of ksl. I keep looking at motorcycles/scooters and the craving starts.
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Unread 11-28-2013, 09:44 AM   #33
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I've always looked for stock vehicles and modded them myself but if I find one already on 33's or 35's with a d44 I would buy it, just to save $
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Unread 11-28-2013, 09:46 AM   #34
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You'll save cash, but you also don't know how hard it's been wheeled. But if you're doing your own maintenance that might not be so much of an issue.
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Unread 11-28-2013, 10:13 AM   #35
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I do all my own stuff except maybe gears, so that's not an issue
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Unread 11-28-2013, 11:23 PM   #36
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Well I've been adding up prices on everything, honestly since I don't own a welder or know how to weld, the ECGS bolt in 8.8 is my best bet. if I get one with a d35. I can get one with 4.56 (or 4.88 if I get a manual) and limited slip, new brakes, ready to bolt in shipped to my door for $1600. I really would like a locker, but I will just add extra clutches to my LS, and call it good. LS an 8.8 and 35's on my Bronco took me everywhere I wanted to go, but if I need more I'll throw a lunchbox locker in the front. Long story short, one with a D44 already in it is worth $1k more to me :P
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Unread 11-28-2013, 11:32 PM   #37
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Time is money and time the jeeps down is time you can enjoy it. Just get the rubi... its a mans best friend lol...
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Unread 11-29-2013, 12:07 AM   #38
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I got the rubicon the first time around and don't regret it one bit. Find one that hasn't been modded a ton though would be my opinion. I got one already on 35s and all the problems caused by the cut corners from the PO made for a lot of headaches.

Two years ago it was hard to find a rubicon for under 13K. But I would hope now you could find an 03 for less than 12. It's over the 8-10k budget you mentioned but you're not spending the time and money on axles and lockers. So I'd call that a wash.
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Unread 11-29-2013, 12:46 AM   #39
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If I can find a Rubican I will for sure get it. Haven't seen a single one under 13k however, and I've only seen like 3 ads. They were low milage ones though. hopefully there are some on the market in 3 months when I'm actually ready to buy. I'm not counting on it though... My ceiling price for a TJ with a d44 already in the rear is $11k, non d44 rear is $10k. I'd have to regear a Rubi for 35's as well, so I'd save money on axles and lockers in the long run, but if it's 2k more initially than one with a rear d44, or swapping an 8.8 into a regular TJ I still can't justify it, because the front axle is really the only superior part, and the lower range transfercase.
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Unread 11-29-2013, 12:48 AM   #40
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Time is money and time the jeeps down is time you can enjoy it. Just get the rubi... its a mans best friend lol...
That's my reasoning on a bolt in 8.8 from ECGS, I'll order it, it'll show up, I'll bolt it up, fill it with fluid and be ready to rock. And I can sell my d35 for some pocket change
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Unread 11-29-2013, 09:59 PM   #41
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I'm running 35s with stock gears and you'd be surprised how slow you can go. There's just a touch of a lug for street driving. But for offroad I'm still crawling slower than many. I'd throw the 35s on and then see if you really need the gears. However, I'm sure opinions with differ greatly on this issue.
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Unread 11-29-2013, 10:11 PM   #42
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I'm running 35s with stock gears and you'd be surprised how slow you can go. There's just a touch of a lug for street driving. But for offroad I'm still crawling slower than many. I'd throw the 35s on and then see if you really need the gears. However, I'm sure opinions with differ greatly on this issue.
Rubicon also has the lower geared tcase. If that helps...

Some complain its too low I've got no complaints
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Unread 11-29-2013, 10:21 PM   #43
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Rubicon also has the lower geared tcase. If that helps...

Some complain its too low I've got no complaints
Oh no, I'm not saying it's too slow for me. I'm just saying that he could possibly forego the gear change immediately and drive it and see.
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Unread 11-30-2013, 08:43 AM   #44
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Are you talking about on a Rubicon or on a normal TJ? A Rubicon has 4.10 gears, a 6 speed, and a lower geared transfercase right? so I imagine it's not horrible on 35's... That being said, from a daily driver perspective, what's better, a regeared TJ, or a stock Rubi pulling 35's?
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Unread 11-30-2013, 01:42 PM   #45
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Are you talking about on a Rubicon or on a normal TJ? A Rubicon has 4.10 gears, a 6 speed, and a lower geared transfercase right? so I imagine it's not horrible on 35's... That being said, from a daily driver perspective, what's better, a regeared TJ, or a stock Rubi pulling 35's?
The six speed came 05-06 only. What would you define "better" as? I find my 2006 rubicon with 35s and stock gearing to be adequate on the street and excellent offroad for the trails I do. You can check my build thread even to see the types of trails I run. Bottom line I could run any trail in Moab outside of Area BFE. And I drive 20 miles a day in my rig.
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