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post #1 of 5 Old 12-09-2012, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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Which JKU?

I have finally decided to get my first Jeep. This will be my first brand new car. I am going to have to order it from the factory, as I have not found it with all everything that I want.
These include: Gecko Green, Manual Transmission, Navigation, Hardtop and soft-top, and max tow package just to name a few.

I have done the build and price several times but I am torn between the Sahara and the Rubicon. Since this is the first even close to new vehicle I have had, I want to buy everything I want including all the bells and whistles. I like the idea of an electronic sway bar disconnect and some of the other features that the Rubicon has. However, I don't think I will be doing a lot of rock climbing or trails out here in central Nebraska. I may be looking at moving to the Denver area though in 5 years. I know that for those first 5 years, it would primarily be used on the road.

I don't know if I should spend the extra 2-3k for a Rubicon or just stick with the Sahara. I cant imagine me doing a lot of upgrades to my jeep other than a nice front bumper, winch, 2.5-3" lift, wheels and tires, but that will be down the road as well.

Anybody have any suggestions?

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post #2 of 5 Old 12-09-2012, 05:58 PM
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The Rubicon is nice and has the things you would use in moderate offroading so it wouldn't be bad if you plan on moderate upgrades. It already has the better gearing, transfer case and the diffs. If you want to do more serious wheeling just get the Sahara because you'll change most of the Rubicon parts anyways.

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post #3 of 5 Old 12-09-2012, 07:13 PM
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I had a similar battle in my head. Ended up ordering 2012 Rubicon. All the luxuries of the Sahara plus rugged. Probably would get Rubicon again.
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post #4 of 5 Old 12-09-2012, 07:13 PM
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11,500 miles later and very pleased
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post #5 of 5 Old 12-09-2012, 09:28 PM
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After some debate, I ended up picking the Rubicon over the Sahara. For the $2-3K upgrade, you get more in the package than if you had to individually make those upgrades. I had a regular ole TJ before and if there's anything I've learned, it's that once you start, you don't stop.
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rubicon , sahara

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