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Unread 11-25-2013, 06:34 PM   #1
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Sahara vs rubicon

I Was researching trim levels and noticed that the Sahara has a "heavy duty" suspension and the rubicon has a "sport suspension." What is the difference between the two?

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Unread 11-25-2013, 06:39 PM   #2
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Rubicon has the red shocks.
Heavy-Duty is just marketing hype. I believe the Rubi's "Sport Suspension" has slightly stiffer springs/shocks.

The real difference is in the transfer case. The Rubi has a 4:1 TC ratio, the Sahara has a 2.72:1 TC ratio. This means that when you have it in 4LO, the Rubi can crawl over terrain at a much slower / controlled rate. This is great for rock crawling.

The Rubi also has the electronic sway-bar disconnect feature. With a push of a button, it will let the front suspension droop about 20% more for better off-road suspension articulation, allowing you to maintain the tires on the ground for better traction.
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Unread 11-25-2013, 07:31 PM   #3
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Bought a 13 rubi in September. Wife liked it so much she ordered a 14 sahara last weekend, we expect delivery mid January. That's our solution to the rubi vs sahara debate.
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Unread 11-26-2013, 03:19 PM   #4
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Rubicon has the red shocks.
Heavy-Duty is just marketing hype. I believe the Rubi's "Sport Suspension" has slightly stiffer springs/shocks.

The real difference is in the transfer case. The Rubi has a 4:1 TC ratio, the Sahara has a 2.72:1 TC ratio. This means that when you have it in 4LO, the Rubi can crawl over terrain at a much slower / controlled rate. This is great for rock crawling.

The Rubi also has the electronic sway-bar disconnect feature. With a push of a button, it will let the front suspension droop about 20% more for better off-road suspension articulation, allowing you to maintain the tires on the ground for better traction.
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The main difference in suspension is the Rubi has slightly better shocks, but lower transfer case and Dana 44 front axle in the Rubi vs. Dana 30 in the Sahara. So if you're going to do any medium to heavy wheeling and/or put 35" tires or larger on, get the Rubi. If it's mostly for street use and you're not going to wheel it much, get the Sahara.
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Unread 11-26-2013, 03:25 PM   #5
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don't forget that the Rubi has lockers
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Unread 11-26-2013, 04:00 PM   #6
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many threads on the rest of the differences..some are very indepth also.
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Unread 11-27-2013, 02:20 PM   #7
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The OP asked about the suspension only.
That's why I didn't really go into all the other details between a Sahara and a Rubi.
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Unread 11-28-2013, 07:40 AM   #8
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I didn't realize the T-case was part of the suspension
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Unread 11-28-2013, 07:48 AM   #9
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The red Rubi shocks are gas filled too
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Unread 11-28-2013, 10:07 AM   #10
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This is interesting-

How can you compare a SAHARA to a RUBICON, without listing ALL the ATTRIBUTES ???

Oh lets compare the dash knob colors between a Sahara and a Rubi--thats all I care about-

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