-You won't have the stronger 44's with the X.
-You won't be under any warranty
-It'll cost you a lot more to build an Rubicon-ish-X than just to buy a Rubi outright.
But if youre under budget and building in small phases, maybe the X is right for you.
Don't forget the 4:1 t'case. Plus everything is rolled into your car payment, not your credit card payment like it would be if you bought an X and then had to go buy all the other upgrades out of pocket.
Jason West - Jeepin.com | JeepinOutfitters.com '09 JKUR, RE 3.5", 37" GY MT/R-Ks, Expedition One bumpers, T&T rockers & skids, XRC10 Comp '95 XJ, RE 5.5", 35" MT/Rs, D30 w/hubs & ARB, D44 w/Detroit, 4.56s, C4x4 bumpers, etc, etc. '00 TJ, SOLD, wife's, RE 4.5" long-arm, 35" MT/Rs, D30+OX, D44+ARB, 4.88s, full cage, winch, C4x4 & Jeeperman bumpers, etc, etc.
If I were going to do a 3" lift, regear to 4.56 or 4.88, and put 35s on a JK Unlimited, why wouldn't I just buy an X instead of a Rubi?
If I regear to 4.56 or 4.88, don't I have to buy aftermarket selectable lockers anyway? Or, would I be able to use the Rubi lockers after the regear?
With a 3" lift on a JK Unlimited X, can't I get away without installing a SYE and longer driveshaft?
Do you really want front locker in the 30? With 44 sit hould be OK. With 4:1 transfer - you could get away with running 35" on 4.1 gears. And electronic sway bar disconnect (though it remain to be seen how reliable it is) looks like the greatest thing since sliced bread - as you now can run both open and connected on the same trail...
I bet that just getting a stock Ruby, maybe some minor lift to fit 33- 35, and not doing pretty much anything else will get you as far on the trail, or farther, then your intended setup and will cost you less, and will be under warranty, and with a better resale. Considering that you could take away and sell your 32" MT that comes on the Rubi, I just can not see how you could beat the factory setup starting from X.
In fact - you could just hit the trails without doing ANYTHING, and see how it goes, and it may be just good, and then just replace what breaks, wears out...