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Unread 03-07-2007, 11:40 AM   #1
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What gives the Rubicon more clearance than the X?

I just noticed the Rubicon has far more ground clearance than the X model. What features give the Rubicon this clearance? It can't be just the tires.

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Unread 03-07-2007, 11:43 AM   #2
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I believe that the Rubicon comes with a stiffer and slightly taller shock than the X does.
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How much more ground clearance are you calling far more?
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I was under the impression that it was just the tires.
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The Rubicon is supposed to have stiffer suspension but I didn't see anything about a difference in height.
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The Jeep website has it listed at 8.8 vs. 10.2 inches. I didn't realize the tires could account for more than an inch difference in clearance.
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The Rubicon tires have an overall diameter of a hair over 32". The base X tires have an overall diamater of about 29.3". That's a difference of 2.7". Half of that would contribute to increased clearance. That's 1.35". The Jeep website lists 1.4". Seems reasonable to me.
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scottyc has mad math skills.
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Unread 03-07-2007, 12:10 PM   #9
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The Rubicon tires have an overall diameter of a hair over 32". The base X tires have an overall diamater of about 29.3". That's a difference of 2.7". Half of that would contribute to increased clearance. That's 1.35". The Jeep website lists 1.4". Seems reasonable to me.

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The Rubicon tires have an overall diameter of a hair over 32". The base X tires have an overall diamater of about 29.3". That's a difference of 2.7". Half of that would contribute to increased clearance. That's 1.35". The Jeep website lists 1.4". Seems reasonable to me.
I think your measurement is too conservative. I have the Ravine wheels with 30x9.5x15 on my 2004 TJ. I bought a 2005 Rubi Moab take-offs with 31" tires. When I stood the spare tire next to my 30", the 31" tire stood a full 3 inch taller than the 30" I have. This means 1.5" higher axle height. So, it could be more than 2.7 inch.
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