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Unread 07-13-2013, 12:50 AM   #1
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07' Rubicon vs 10' sport

Hi guys,

Looking at both models. Both have same miles and Rubi has a/c. Sport has 2" lift. Any input would help.

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Unread 07-13-2013, 05:02 AM   #2
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What is the mileage and what is the price? How do you plan to use it?
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Unread 07-13-2013, 08:29 AM   #3
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20k miles and its my 2nd car (not DD). Plan to mix 80% city 20% snow/light trail. 07' Rubicon is $14500 and Sport lifted is $16k

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Unread 07-13-2013, 10:17 AM   #4
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Man, that's a tough call.

I would go for the Rubicon. It's probably overkill for what you intend to do on the trail but at $1500 less and the same mileage you'd be hard pressed to find a better deal for what you're looking at.
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Unread 07-13-2013, 10:36 AM   #5
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Man, that's a tough call.

I would go for the Rubicon. It's probably overkill for what you intend to do on the trail but at $1500 less and the same mileage you'd be hard pressed to find a better deal for what you're looking at.
And it doesn't have what is probably a low budget lift.
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Unread 07-13-2013, 10:56 AM   #6
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How many miles on each?

Go with the Rubi if you plan on wheeling it and using the lockers. The transfer case is also lower and better for crawling. The front D44 is also better if you're going to put 35" or larger wheels on.

Figure the axles run about $3K each new and the transfer case is about $1500 or so. Only necessary if you're going to use them though.
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Unread 07-13-2013, 04:45 PM   #7
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It's tough since I don't trail that much HOWEVER it will be my winter car and I will be upgrading to 35's (sport already has been geared up and comes already with pro comp 35's while Rubi has stock wheels)

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Unread 07-13-2013, 09:35 PM   #8
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35's on a sports D30. Could get sketchy quick with any off roading.

Go ruby buy 35's and steel rims
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Unread 07-13-2013, 09:43 PM   #9
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are you saying the rubi doesn't have air?
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Unread 07-13-2013, 09:43 PM   #10
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Even if the Sport has been regeared?

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Unread 07-13-2013, 09:44 PM   #11
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Rubi has air

Sport no air

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Unread 07-13-2013, 10:08 PM   #12
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Even if the Sport has been regeared?

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Regearing doesn't matter for the strength of the D30, actually the higher the gear the weaker it is as far as breaking.

The thing that will help the D30 is sleeve/gusset or truss and stronger axle shafts. But the gears/R&P will always be weaker in the D30 than the D44 of the rubicon.

Personally I'd go with the Rubicon. Lockers will make your off roading experience a lot better.
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Unread 07-13-2013, 10:14 PM   #13
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Sorry guys, I'm a bit of a newbie. Please explain when I would need locking diff. Also if someone can explain difference between sport and Rubi I'd really appreciate it.

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Unread 07-13-2013, 11:19 PM   #14
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It's tough since I don't trail that much HOWEVER it will be my winter car and I will be upgrading to 35's (sport already has been geared up and comes already with pro comp 35's while Rubi has stock wheels)

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Assuming that by geared up you are talking about the lift kit and tires already in place on the Sport.

The $1500 saved on the Rubicon will make a decent dent in the cost of tires and a 2" lift kit to better fit them plus the 4.10 gears in the Rubicon will be better able to compensate for the 35's (driveability wise) and the Dana 44 axles in the Rubicon are simply more robust (mechanically) than the axles in the Sport.
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Unread 07-13-2013, 11:27 PM   #15
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By the time we talk it to death, they'll both be sold. I'd buy the 07 Rubi for the lesser price. It won't depreciate much more.
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