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Unread 12-10-2009, 07:29 PM   #1
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Rubicon TJ vs. Sahara TJ -- Rubicon owners chime in!

Ok so planning for the future....

I currently have a 99 Sahara 5spd with a 4" suspension lift running 33x12.50s, and stock gears and axles. I bought the jeep this way and I know running the 33s makes my rear end a potential ticking time bomb... What my question is, and trying to get advice is should I invest the money into beefing up my 99 with 108k to dana 44s and whatnot or buy a newer model rubicon with the gears and axles already there...

Opinions please! Thanks in advance

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Unread 12-10-2009, 07:31 PM   #2
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Buy the rubi, turn your Sahara into a trail rig The only thing better then 1 Jeep is 2
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Unread 12-10-2009, 07:33 PM   #3
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Ok so planning for the future....

I currently have a 99 Sahara 5spd with a 4" suspension lift running 33x12.50s, and stock gears and axles. I bought the jeep this way and I know running the 33s makes my rear end a potential ticking time bomb... What my question is, and trying to get advice is should I invest the money into beefing up my 99 with 108k to dana 44s and whatnot or buy a newer model rubicon with the gears and axles already there...

Opinions please! Thanks in advance
There's a low mileage (40k and change) 04 Rubicon around here priced at $13.8.

I'd get a rubi, but I'm a little biased...
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Unread 12-10-2009, 07:33 PM   #4
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Might want to check your rear axel. Saharas has a dana 44 option. But the 35 is fine on 33s.
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Unread 12-10-2009, 07:35 PM   #5
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It really depends on how far you are going. If you want a rig that is offroad ready and can handle 35's, go Rubicon. If you plan on going bigger than that, invest the cash into axles on your old TJ. The Rubicon is a great out of the box Jeep. The front and rear lockers are hard to beat and you get the D44's. The Rubicion is not the be all rig though. It has limitations and becomes just another Jeep if you expect to exceed them in the future. So if you are going mild to moderate, go Rubicon. If you see extreme in your future, build your current Jeep.

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Unread 12-10-2009, 07:37 PM   #6
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Buy the Rubi, D44's and lockers!
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Unread 12-10-2009, 07:41 PM   #7
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It really depends on how far you are going. If you want a rig that is offroad ready and can handle 35's, go Rubicon. If you plan on going bigger than that, invest the cash into axles on your old TJ. The Rubicon is a great out of the box Jeep. The front and rear lockers are hard to beat and you get the D44's. The Rubicion is not the be all rig though. It has limitations and becomes just another Jeep if you expect to exceed them in the future. So if you are going mild to moderate, go Rubicon. If you see extreme in your future, build your current Jeep.

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Buy the Rubi, D44's and lockers!
That would make no sense what so ever if his current Jeep has a 44 in the rear... D44 Front vs. d30 front, is a zero point. If it has a 44 in the rear, get a Aussie up front and a selectable in the rear. besides a TC he'll have him self a rubi.
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Unread 12-10-2009, 07:43 PM   #9
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How big of tires are you planning on running?
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Unread 12-10-2009, 07:44 PM   #10
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That would make no sense what so ever if his current Jeep has a 44 in the rear... D44 Front vs. d30 front, is a zero point. If it has a 44 in the rear, get a Aussie up front and a selectable in the rear. besides a TC he'll have him self a rubi.
Lower gears in the axles and limited slip/locked rear moot point yes

And the fact the rubi would be atleast 4 years newer.
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Unread 12-10-2009, 07:45 PM   #11
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Buy it. Better yet get an LJ Rubi. Its what I did.

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Unread 12-10-2009, 07:46 PM   #12
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I faced the same delima with my 2000 TJ. Ended up picking up a 2005 Rubicon w/37k for $15k, best move I could have made. Look for a Rubi...
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Unread 12-10-2009, 07:47 PM   #13
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I do want to beef it up quite a bit, at least run 35's... but the benefits of the rubicon are really just the lockers, 44s, gearing... anything else???

I appreciate the fast responses guys
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Unread 12-10-2009, 07:48 PM   #14
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Depends on what you want to do with it. A D35 can handle 33's. Especially if you gear up. But if you want to go any bigger you would need the D44. You can build you Sahara up to have everything the Rubi has, it's just up to you whether you want to do the wrench time or if you want to spend the money on the Rubi and get the lower miles. I wouldn't do it just for the rear axel though. Just my
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Unread 12-10-2009, 07:48 PM   #15
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That would make no sense what so ever if his current Jeep has a 44 in the rear... D44 Front vs. d30 front, is a zero point. If it has a 44 in the rear, get a Aussie up front and a selectable in the rear. besides a TC he'll have him self a rubi.
the OP claims to have the 35, so buying Rubi axles Will actually make a difference as far as his main concern (running 33's)
yes you are correct about the fact that a rubi44 front has the same inners but as of now he has no locker or 4.11's up front..
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