My 2006 TJ Rubicon is only 1/2 the Rubicon it used to be (if that). Thought I'd share, as I did see one post on this type of "issue".
2011 I bought myself a nice red Jeep. I wanted a Rubicon but didn't want to pay the $$$ to get the new one. Plus, after alot of research on the forums and otherwise, I learned the 2006 was the last year for the 4.0L engine and for whatever reason, I wanted THAT year. I wanted a Rubicon because I fully planned on using the Jeep in my adventures because sometimes I simply get myself into situations that the lockers would assist with. It happens...
I never really wanted to do MAJOR crawling, but wanted a Jeep that would save my butt should I ever need it. Okay - that's the background on why I wanted the Rubicon.
I studied alot before going to look at this used Jeep at a dealership and knew that I had to verify the VIN to be sure it was a Rubicon. That's ALL I knew to verify. Apparently I stopped at verifying anything else!
I've had so many minor issues with my Jeep, but I keep smilin' saying "whatever, more to learn!". And I do - I'm under the hood, buying my own parts, watching videos and if someone is doing it for me, I make SURE I watch everything so I can do it myself. One issue that was plaguing me was the freakin' locker switch. It would NOT do a darn thing! Up, down - sideways, nothing. I researching this on the forum and decided to change the relay switch first since that was the cheapest, verify the fuses - check. But the locker issue got put to the end of the line on things because other items needed attention. Then.....
My new boyfriend, understanding my Jeep addiction and my extreme frustration with the locker switch, told me that he'd jack it up and look at the compressors and see if there is an issue with those. He went to his brother in laws and they jacked it up. And.... I swear, if I could have seen their faces... apparently there are NO compressors. There are wires hanging, bolts half butt screwed in with no nuts, he said it looked like a mess under there. Well, that's strange I thought. Someone took my compressors - under the skid plate?! What? Then things sunk in a bit... next was to verify the axles, so he sent me pics of the axles when I asked and I ID'd them. They ARE NOT Dana 44s, nope - they are Dana 35s.
Oh. My. GAWD! I bought a Rubicon that has had it's axles swapped out. Who knows what else, we are just figuring it all out.
Jeeze, wonder why the little "switchy thing" didn't work huh? 'Cause there isn't anything hooked up to it!!!
Word of advice - don't be a newbie that knows NOTHING except to check the VIN when buying a Jeep. I should have done more investigation. But, I can tell you - I can ID Dana Axles now pretty well, and have watched video after video on compressors for the Rubicon and even relocating them.
So... I guess my modifications for the future are... get the Jeep Rubicon back to a Rubicon.
BTW - to the guy that stripped my Jeep -
Good side is I am learning ALOT fixing this Jeep of mine!
Anyone else heard of something like this happening?