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Unread 09-14-2012, 11:49 PM   #16
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Should I just look for a Rubicon? It will help remove the cost of buying a new front and rear dana 44, and I can find them for either the same price, or a couple thousand more.

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Unread 09-16-2012, 09:14 PM   #17
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Unread 09-17-2012, 07:02 AM   #18
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yes, if you plan on going there anyways, just get a rubi. the 4:1 TC is another great benefit.

and stop looking at pro-crap stuff. for $3k you can buy any kit on the market, there are several that are better
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Unread 09-17-2012, 09:35 AM   #19
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Another vote for the Rubi. If I could do it again, knowing what I know now, I'd have held out for a Rubi rather than buying a sport.

Also I'd go with OME (Old Man Emu) for the suspension lift if I had that kind of coin.
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Unread 09-17-2012, 09:54 AM   #20
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Alright thank you both very much. The pro comp was the cheapest 4" long arm suspension kit, which is why I used it as a price reference.
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Unread 09-17-2012, 09:56 AM   #21
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yes, if you plan on going there anyways, just get a rubi. the 4:1 TC is another great benefit.

and stop looking at pro-crap stuff. for $3k you can buy any kit on the market, there are several that are better
If I do get the rubi, would I need to still swap the front and rear Dana 44's for new ones in order to take the strain?
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Unread 09-17-2012, 09:59 AM   #22
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If I do get the rubi, would I need to still swap the front and rear Dana 44's for new ones in order to take the strain?
IIRC for 35s, the Dana 44s will be sufficient. You will need to regear though, so factor that in. I was quoted by two different shops for regear, $800 and $1300.
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Unread 09-17-2012, 10:06 AM   #23
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Should I just look for a Rubicon? It will help remove the cost of buying a new front and rear dana 44, and I can find them for either the same price, or a couple thousand more.
I think a large number of us, given the option to go back and do it again, would start with a Rubi
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Unread 09-17-2012, 10:11 AM   #24
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IIRC for 35s, the Dana 44s will be sufficient. You will need to regear though, so factor that in. I was quoted by two different shops for regear, $800 and $1300.
Yeah I figured. Thanks very much for the quote, I'll use that as a bargaining price :P
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Unread 09-17-2012, 10:14 AM   #25
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I think a large number of us, given the option to go back and do it again, would start with a Rubi
Of course. The only issue I'm having is finding Rubis for sale, and the rare times I do, in a colour I very much dislike.
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Unread 09-17-2012, 10:34 AM   #26
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theres a good reason for that. since it was only available from 2003-2006 most of the soccer moms that bought them have long since traded them in or resold them. most people that have them now are wheelers and are not planning on letting them go...ever
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When I was looking for a TJ I looked at a 2003 I think, it was a yellow Rubi and had surface rust all over the body. The guy wanted $12,000. I can't remember what the mileage was, but with the amount of rust I took one glance and said no thanks.
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Unread 09-17-2012, 11:00 AM   #28
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When I was looking for a TJ I looked at a 2003 I think, it was a yellow Rubi and had surface rust all over the body. The guy wanted $12,000. I can't remember what the mileage was, but with the amount of rust I took one glance and said no thanks.
Most p the ones I've seen are pretty decent with not having rust. Any certain areas to keep an eye out for rust?
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Unread 09-17-2012, 02:18 PM   #29
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Most p the ones I've seen are pretty decent with not having rust. Any certain areas to keep an eye out for rust?
Well when I was looking at buying, I saw several that had the tops of the fenders rusted out. Besides that, check the frame especially near where the rear lower control arms attach to the frame (just in front of the rear tire). Also if you can, have them fold down the windshield so you can look inside the hinge. I didn't find out for 3 weeks after I got mine, that my windshield frame is so rusted it needs replacing. It doesn't show at all from the outside.
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Unread 09-17-2012, 02:23 PM   #30
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IIRC for 35s, the Dana 44s will be sufficient. You will need to regear though, so factor that in. I was quoted by two different shops for regear, $800 and $1300.
$800 is pretty reasonable if you are including gears. Your best bet is to take the axles out of the Jeep and bring them to the shop. They wont charge as much.

Also you HAVE TO regear both axles at the same time.

Is there a reason you want a long arm vs. short arm kit? Just wondering, you could go either route.

Hopefully you can find a Rubi!
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