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Unread 04-12-2006, 07:28 PM   #1
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What makes rubicon desireable?

What is it that the Rubi seems like the truck to have? I guess it is the latest model with all the bells and whistles? Does it drive like a car?

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Unread 04-12-2006, 07:31 PM   #2
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Stronger Dana 44 axles, short shaft transfer case with 4:1 ratio, lockers in both axles. Pretty much it. That's about 5-6k worth of stuff that you'd have to do to a regular TJ for only a couple grand more over the Sport price with the same interior options.
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Unread 04-12-2006, 07:33 PM   #3
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Stronger Dana 44 axles, short shaft transfer case with 4:1 ratio, lockers in both axles. Pretty much it. That's about 5-6k worth of stuff that you'd have to do to a regular TJ for only a couple grand more over the Sport price with the same interior options.
Also the fact you don't need a SYE which will save you about $200-$250 if you lift it over 3".
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Unread 04-12-2006, 07:44 PM   #4
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1. D44 axles
2. selectable lockers f/r
3. true 4:1 low gear
4. SYE
5. decals
6. maybe the best - the MOAB rims that come with it can fetch some good $$$$ on those MTR's when you swap in bigger tires / wheels.
7. 4-disk brakes
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Unread 04-12-2006, 07:46 PM   #5
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Also the fact you don't need a SYE which will save you about $200-$250 if you lift it over 3".

"short shaft kit"

I DID forget the rear disks though.
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Unread 04-12-2006, 08:03 PM   #6
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I would love to have a Rubicon. But the price premium and the fact that they are geared too low for my daily driver requirements makes the standard TJ a better fit. Plus they are overkill for my needs (although I have to keep convincing myself I don't really need a Rubicon).
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Unread 04-12-2006, 08:06 PM   #7
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I would love to have a Rubicon. But the price premium and the fact that they are geared too low for my daily driver requirements makes the standard TJ a better fit. Plus they are overkill for my needs (although I have to keep convincing myself I don't really need a Rubicon).
3.5" lift and 33s will make the gearing perfect for daily driving.
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Unread 04-12-2006, 09:21 PM   #8
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yall forgot they also come with 4.11s
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Unread 04-12-2006, 09:30 PM   #9
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I would love to have a Rubicon, but I am attached to my TJ Sport. If I sold her, it would be like giving away my dog. (I love dogs, screw the guy who made the dog hating thread.)
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Unread 04-13-2006, 09:18 AM   #10
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What is it that the Rubi seems like the truck to have? I guess it is the latest model with all the bells and whistles? Does it drive like a car?

It most certainly will not drive like a car. Especially off-road.
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Unread 04-13-2006, 09:23 AM   #11
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If I ever got a Rubicon, I'd keep my 99 Sport and really get sick with it.
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Unread 04-13-2006, 09:51 AM   #12
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It has nothing to do with being the latest and greatest, it has to do with being the best. And no it WILL NOT DRIVE LIKE A CAR!!!<They should put that on the stickers on the visors.
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Unread 04-13-2006, 10:07 AM   #13
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I would love to have a Rubicon. But the price premium and the fact that they are geared too low for my daily driver requirements makes the standard TJ a better fit. Plus they are overkill for my needs (although I have to keep convincing myself I don't really need a Rubicon).
Hows it geared to loo for a daily driver? Its got the same tranny, yeah the tcase is diff but that only matters in 4lo. The only diff is the 4.10 gears in the diffs, which I think gives it better acceleration and power on the road. Of course I don't get this anymore with 35s, which is why I will be upgrading to 4.88s.

As far as price I got mine for 22,500 new. With the better tcase and lockers, I think the price is resonable. Yeah ARB lockers might be better, and same goes an atlas tcase, but this is my DD and I can't have the downtime.
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Unread 04-13-2006, 11:25 AM   #14
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Well, my Rubicon is my daily driver. From work to school, groceries, out of town visits with the parents, plus all of my off roading adventures--I'm in the Rubicon.

Before I bought the Rubicon, I had a Honda Accord and a 1983 CJ 7.

I miss the Honda when it comes to daily driving, or commuting routine. I especially miss the gas mileage it got!

And I miss the vintage vibe of the CJ.

But the two vehicle's insurance and unreliability (mostly on the CJ side), forced me to sell them, and to buy one newer, more reliable vehicle.

And of course, I had to have a Jeep, right?!


Basically, if you didn't mind stop and go traffic in a CJ, a Rubicon is a step up! It has AC!
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Unread 04-13-2006, 12:12 PM   #15
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Hows it geared to loo for a daily driver? Its got the same tranny, yeah the tcase is diff but that only matters in 4lo. The only diff is the 4.10 gears in the diffs, which I think gives it better acceleration and power on the road. Of course I don't get this anymore with 35s, which is why I will be upgrading to 4.88s.

As far as price I got mine for 22,500 new. With the better tcase and lockers, I think the price is resonable. Yeah ARB lockers might be better, and same goes an atlas tcase, but this is my DD and I can't have the downtime.
I test drove two Rubis before I got my ''99 Sahara., an '04 with a 5-speed and an '06 with a 6-speed. My initial impression was that the Rubis were geared low enough to hurt gas mileage significantly when used as a daily driver compared to a standard Wrangler. That may or may not be correct. I preferred the 5-speed, the 6-speed gears are so close that it feels too specialized for off-road for my purposes.
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