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post #1 of 18 Old 03-16-2010, 06:55 AM Thread Starter
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Alright guys I need your help on this one. No BS this will be a Serious build. Should I buy a new 4-door Rubicon or buy a plain Jane and build it? Buy axels, Atlas case, Long arm lift? Money wise what is the best way to go. If I do the Rubicon I will lift it put gears in bumpers just to make it crawl ready. This will be my last build for a LONG time at least thatís what the Wife is saying.
If any body has done this i would like some pictures to help make this call

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post #2 of 18 Old 03-16-2010, 08:55 AM
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Well, I guess if you buy the Rubicon it wont be much of a build. Bumpers and gears I mean. Buy an X, D60's, ATlas, etc etc etc. Rubicon is a waste if your going to build it.

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Well, I guess if you buy the Rubicon it wont be much of a build. Bumpers and gears I mean. Buy an X, D60's, ATlas, etc etc etc. Rubicon is a waste if your going to build it.
what he said


how big is this build you are going to do?

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Thats what I mean Buy and JK-X D60's, ATlas and what ever else. Would it be cost effective to do this or buy a Rubicon? This is a Toy I am not going to Trash it on the rocks. Just want a clean looking rig that can handel some minor crawling.

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I have a friend that bought the Rubicon and then built it with D60s and 40's ---- he went with the Rubicon for the resale value of the D44 front axle; selling the two D44s was like getting one of the D60s free.

But why are you thinking of 60s if you're not planning some intensity? If it will be gently used, just stick with 44s and 35" tires...

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Thank You that is what I was waiting to hear. I didn't know if it would be worth the time and money

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If your not planning on doing some serious crawling even the stock Sport model would be just fine for what your looking to do. The stock sport model is quite capable. Add some armor, tires and go wheel.

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I agree with the above 2 posts. I have been climbing on rocks with my Sahara. I have 35s on there, but stil stock axles. I would just go with a Rubicon and put some 35s and some bumpers and rock sliders and maybe add a little protection underneath. You will be set with that setup. I am very capable with what I run, but I would get a Rubicon if I was doing it over again.
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post #9 of 18 Old 03-16-2010, 01:15 PM
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"No BS this will be a serious build"

You fooled me saying that. Buy a rubi, 2.5 Budget boost, and 35's. Keep in mind, a bone stock 91 yj with street tires went every where I did Saturday in the middle of the worste storm(producing serious mud) Ive seen in a long time. So, if your gonna do light stuff, even a stock X will do a TON more than you think off road.

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You don't need a long arm lift unless you plan on lifting it 5 or more inches.

Speed has never killed anyone - suddenly becoming stationary, that's what gets you!
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You fooled me saying that. Buy a rubi, 2.5 Budget boost, and 35's.
I don't like BBs on Unlimiteds that might be adding bumpers and other heavy gear.
I'd steer him toward an OME or 2.5" Teraflex spring lift.

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I don't like BBs on Unlimiteds that might be adding bumpers and other heavy gear.
I'd steer him toward an OME or 2.5" Teraflex spring lift.
It went from serious no BS build crawl ready, to BB light trail minial crawl in about 9 posts. lol.

Hilldweller is right though.

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post #13 of 18 Old 03-16-2010, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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Guys looks like I will be going ZONE 4" lift and 538 gears. 37 BFGs

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Guys looks like I will be going ZONE 4" lift and 538 gears. 37 BFGs
What Jeep are those going on? Nice choices btw.

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post #15 of 18 Old 03-16-2010, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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2010 Rubicon Called my dealer just a hour ago
Guys thanks for the help I should have been more upfront on info My Bad.
I was really thinking x but I got a deal on this one.

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