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Unread 05-14-2010, 09:34 PM   #1
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Might be getting a JK this weekend. Advice?

Going to the dealer on sunday to look at some Wranglers and we know how that usually turns out. I really want a Rubicon because it's got the different 4WD system and the heavy duty axles. My wife and I really like the look of the Mountain however. Would we be "settling" if we went that route? Should we really stick to our guns and hold out for the rubicon? They seem to be in short supply in our area. Can't find a single 4-dr in the area.

Any options that are a must have? We're really looking forward to owning a Wrangler. We started eyeing them back in 1996 when we were dating. Looking forward to trips to the Outer Banks with it.

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Unread 05-14-2010, 10:44 PM   #2
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It really depends on what you do with it.

There are some die hard Rubicon lovers here, who will accept nothing else.

There are guys like me who started out thinking the Jeep would just be a forest road, backwoods cruising vehicle with not much off roading.

If you are just making trips to the beach, you don't need a Rubicon. If you even think you'll off road with it, and have the money to buy a Rubicon, get it. Honestly though, I wouldn't consider a regular X a "settling" rig if it's all you can get. A stock X is still more than capable.

I am not sure what the mountain edition has besides the stylish trim, colored rims, etc... But regardless of what you buy, do not get the JK with the 3.21 gears. More than likely you aren't going to be satisfied.

Also, I'm sure you know it already, but make sure you get a soft top.

I could go on longer, but hopefully this helps. Don't rush into it, and make sure you get what you want.
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Unread 05-15-2010, 05:21 AM   #3
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Why do I want the soft top and not the hard top? Should I be looking for the dual top? Sounds like I need to make sur to get the 3.73 Gears. That comes as part of the tow package. I'll be sure to look for that. Looks like I need the sahara if I want the dual top. What about the trac-lok limited slip? Is that a must have?
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Unread 05-15-2010, 05:39 AM   #4
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Mountain and Island editions are a total waste of money.
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Unread 05-15-2010, 06:11 AM   #5
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I wouldn't get the factory LSD; it's weak and not suited for offroad.

Like they said, if you're not looking to spend upgrade dollars later and think you'll be hitting anything more severe than forest service roads, get a Rubicon. I have a Sahara and should've gotten the Rubi.
Granted, many of the mods I made would've been done to the Rubi as well ---- bumpers, gears, winch, cb, armrests. But I would've had lockers, disco, & a d44 up front from the getgo.

As for the soft top, to each their own. I have a hard top and have only had the entire thing off once. Too cold here in the winter and too many black widows in the forest in the summer.
The air conditioner works great, btw.

This is what my Sahara looks like after getting the wheeling bug. I expect that a Mountain Edition would morph in a similar vein:


And this is the ARB Sahara; they've put quite a bit more into theirs.
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Unread 05-15-2010, 06:37 AM   #6
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Cool thing about the Rubi is the D44 front and rear axle's and the 4.10 gears along with a better transfer case and that cool sticker on the hood... That being said, I have a Sport with the 3.73's and I am more than satisfied... Do I wish I had a rubi? yeah... Do I wish I had 4.10's and D44 front and rear? Yeah... But I also wish I was running full width axles and 40 inch tires with a full roll cage and all the goodies, and one day I will get there... But right now I could afford the X and I knew I was going aftermarket as far as wheels and tires and a lift went so I did not see the since in spending more money on the rubi with the nice wheels and tires when I was going to replace em and the sport was capable enough to run the tires that I wanted to at this time... Moral of the story, If I could have a 60K dollar rig I would, but I cant, and Im plenty happy with my rig just like it is... Just remember what Jeep stands for Just Empty Every Pocket.... You're already on here and you dont even have the Jeep yet, I can gurantee you that you WILL mod it, and probably more than you plan on now.
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Unread 05-15-2010, 08:37 AM   #7
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Some X Models come with the dual top group. Ask for it.

The only reason I mentioned soft top is you talked about heading to the coast a lot. Soft top is way easier to fold back and get out of the way when you want to be topless on the beach. I have pulled my hard top off before while on vacation, so it's doable.

Just got the impression that you might be doing a lot of warm weather cruising.
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Unread 05-15-2010, 02:52 PM   #8
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In my opinion, if you are going to buy a wrangler you should wait a few months and get the 2011. They are supposed to be putting in a new engine which will give about 290 Horsepower and 260 Torque compared to 202/237. You'll get better gas mileage and will be able to maintain speed on the highway in the higher gears
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If you are thinking about a Rubi now then don't settle. Get what you want the first time.
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Going to the dealer on sunday to look at some Wranglers and we know how that usually turns out. I really want a Rubicon because it's got the different 4WD system and the heavy duty axles. My wife and I really like the look of the Mountain however. Would we be "settling" if we went that route? Should we really stick to our guns and hold out for the rubicon? They seem to be in short supply in our area. Can't find a single 4-dr in the area.

Any options that are a must have? We're really looking forward to owning a Wrangler. We started eyeing them back in 1996 when we were dating. Looking forward to trips to the Outer Banks with it.
Don't waste your money on the "Mountain" package. It is all for appearance except the KM2 tires. If you are planning on lifting and going with larger tires, that would be a total waste. You can mod up your Jeep yourself to get it to look the way you want, for a lot less money.
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Unread 05-16-2010, 11:53 PM   #12
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I've got a 4-dr Rubi, no regrets. Hiway handling is superb compared to my TJL-Rubi. If you want the Rubi get it or you'll regret it. If you're thinking of soft-top only, you'll save some money. I have soft-tops only on my Jeeps. The Sunrider feature is great. I drove my TJ 8,000 miles in the blizzard of 06/07 and the soft-top did great, dry and warm inside and then put the top down in Florida. The JK's soft-top is similar, plan on the first 10 times dealing with the top to be a PITA, after that it'll be second nature. Get the locking gas cap and wheel locks when you buy it, mine didn't come with them, it's easier to get them from the git' go. Good choice.
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