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Unread 06-18-2010, 06:56 AM   #1
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What makes it a Rubicon?

I have tried to search but can't find the specifics I am looking for... Can anyone advise exactly what makes a Wrangler a Rubicon? I am new to the TJ thing having just come over from a YJ and would like to know exactly what is different from my 2006 X model and a Rubicon (transmission, engine, transfer case, axles, brakes, suspension, etc.). What are the real differences?

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Unread 06-18-2010, 07:05 AM   #2
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http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/st...ations-452871/

It's a sticky for a reason.
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Unread 06-18-2010, 07:06 AM   #3
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Highlights:

T case most notably...geared lower
front Dana 44
Rear & Front Locker
31 Mtr and 16 inch Moab wheels
Diamond Plated rocker guard
Decal


Rubicon - 2003-2006
* 4.0L I-6 engine
* Tru-Lok selectable pneumatic lockers, activate in 4-lo and under 10mph, engaged until out of 4-lo or deselected
* Limited slip rear when unlocked
* NV241 Rock-Trac 4:1 transfer case -- fixed yoke
* Heavy-duty driveshafts with 1330 u-joints
* Dana 44 front and rear axles
* 4.11 gears
* Goodyear Wrangler MT/R LT245/75R16 (30.5"x9.6") Tires
* 16x8, five-spoke aluminum wheels
* Diamond plate rocker guards
* Rubicon Lettering on Hood
* Flares are 1" wider than standard TJ flares
* 4-wheel Disc Brakes
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Unread 06-18-2010, 07:09 AM   #4
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Highlights:

T case most notably...geared lower
front Dana 44
Rear & Front Locker
31 Mtr and 16 inch Moab wheels
Diamond Plated rocker guard
Decal
X2. Plus disc brakes on the rear D44.

Look for a #6 in the 6th digit of the VIN.
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Your shaft isn't long enough to handle that kind of droop...
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Unread 06-18-2010, 07:41 AM   #5
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Thanks guys. That's the kind of info I was looking for. So do I understand correctly that the engine and transmission are the same on a Rubicon and my 2006 X model (4.0 L with a 6 speed manual)? A guy driving a Rubicon told me last night that the Rubicon comes with a heavy duty transmission. The only difference I knew of was the transfer case.
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Unread 06-18-2010, 07:42 AM   #6
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No special transmissions for the Rubi models.
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The 5- and 6-speeds are both classified as "medium duty" light truck transmissions, if I recall correctly. In a Jeep, that's pretty stout. I want to say the NV3550 is rated (conservatively) at 300 lb/ft capacity...but don't quote me on that. I'm not sure what the rating is on the 6-speed, but I think it would be comparable.

Also, are there not some interior options? Seat movement/height is what comes to mind.
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Unread 06-18-2010, 08:10 AM   #8
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Nope, inside they are the same...

Most Rubicons were built with more options than the x's were, however.

When I bought mine, I couldn't find one without a 6 disc changer and dual tops.
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Thanks guys. That's the kind of info I was looking for. So do I understand correctly that the engine and transmission are the same on a Rubicon and my 2006 X model (4.0 L with a 6 speed manual)? A guy driving a Rubicon told me last night that the Rubicon comes with a heavy duty transmission. The only difference I knew of was the transfer case.
There are some pretty important differences, but the engine and tranny aren't a part of them.
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Nope, inside they are the same...
Okay, I should search for the answer to this, but since we're kind of on the topic already...what's the deal with the passenger seat tumble feature? Is that an option, or standard? I know it sounds kind of stupid, but I'd like to get rid of it. Could I pick up a non-tumble bracket, perhaps?
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Unread 06-18-2010, 08:30 AM   #11
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Also 4.10 gears in the axles...
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chrome jeep logo in middle of steering wheel.
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chrome jeep logo in middle of steering wheel.

That was on all TJ's built after march 2004...Rubicon or not. Before then even the Rubicons had the logo in black...

More bling than I like actually.
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Okay, I should search for the answer to this, but since we're kind of on the topic already...what's the deal with the passenger seat tumble feature? Is that an option, or standard? I know it sounds kind of stupid, but I'd like to get rid of it. Could I pick up a non-tumble bracket, perhaps?
Are you talking about the front passenger seat? If so, can't you just disconnect the cable that actuates the tumble? Free mod that can be reversed.
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since the transfer case has a fixed yoke, does that mean the driveshaft(s) are different too?
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