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post #1 of 9 Old 11-15-2018, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone heard of GemJeep?


I'm new here and not too familiar with Wranglers / Rubicons, but have always liked them.

Is anyone familiar with GemJeep builds? Are they a reputable / high-quality Jeep customization shop? I believe their website was, but is now deactivated, which doesn't give me a lot of confidence...

Here is one of their cars I was looking at:

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post #2 of 9 Old 11-16-2018, 06:59 AM
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What are you looking for? What are you going to do with it?

That is an overly blinged out, overpriced Rubi with a lot of Smittybilt bolt-on's. I wouldn't be paying that for it. All of what was done that they highlighted are easy mods done in the driveway. There is nothing said about lift, who's lift, what was done to the suspension, etc.

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post #3 of 9 Old 11-16-2018, 09:12 AM
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Ever heard of the phrase 'less is more" ?

Evidently, the Builder of that jeep has not.

A ton of the bolt-on doo-dads... I'll take a hard pass.

And that interior? Looks like deadpool exploded inside it.

You could build a much better looking and likely capable vehicle for much less.


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post #4 of 9 Old 11-16-2018, 09:23 AM
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Posts: 5,776 thanks. If that hideous mall crawler is the kind of work Gem Jeep does (did), it's no surprise they're not around any more.

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post #5 of 9 Old 11-16-2018, 05:43 PM
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In my personal opinion, the only issue i got is the price. I only make 60k and i live in cali. So if im going to spend a premium for a jeep it better be unique. That jeep is nice looking and ready to go, but its not for a guy like me. In fact, id rather buy a corvette instead. But if i pretend i wanted a 50k jeep id certainly be more interested in a jeep thats received more attention to suspension transmission and axles. If you can buy a jeep thats been specíed out to really stand out in the trails than everyones gonna know u got something special. But this jeep is more of a companies marketing piece. Notice all the shiny bells and whistles, custom sets and badges all over the place? Thats all promo stuff. Youd be driving a jeep designed to promote their brand ó and no jeep guy should really want to look like a poser. So id say keep looking.

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post #6 of 9 Old 11-17-2018, 06:48 AM
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Wow, on, yeah, that's a bit over the top. Deadpool ha ha that's hilarious.

Ok, now that said. If YOU like it, well that's all that matters. If you do ignore those guys.

If you agree it's over the top, then yeah, you can do a lot in your driveway for a lot less....A LOT less.

Have fun.

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post #7 of 9 Old 11-17-2018, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies, and lol at the Deadpool exploded comment.

I personally like the style, but understand if others don't, I was more curious about quality of the mods and value. Sounds like the mods added can be had for much less.

Curious about suspension, transmission, axle mods. Do owners tend to upgrade these for a lot of off-roading, or are the stock Rubicon ones not very good? For my and my wife's use case, we don't plan to do much, if any, off-roading. Maybe occasional snow.
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post #8 of 9 Old 11-17-2018, 03:49 PM
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Stock the Rubicon model could do way more than most drivers would ever tread, axles are very reliable up to 35s, even in the hardest of trails , my lighter 2 door runs 37s and nothing but hard trails axles and the rest doing well so far after 6+ years of hard stuff. Your paying for what is a bunch China made low end parts. In the snow on the street the rubi has no advantage over the rest really, unless its real deep. If you want AWD in a Jeep. You want the new JL in the Sahara edition with AWD checked in the box. No Jeeps meaning cjs-jk will have that. They all are like the first one in 1941. That New Jl Sahara with AWD i bet is less than that 2016 Rubi that looks like it went through pep boys with a fecal magnet.

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post #9 of 9 Old 11-17-2018, 09:33 PM
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What Doc said.

I think a lot of people don't realize that Wranglers are crawlers, especially Rubi's.

Generally speaking a Subaru would be as good or better in snow. Or anything with a modern AWD system.

The Wrangler is one of the last 4x4's out there with a good old fashioned part time system, meaning you can't use it in rain or even much in light slush. You need to use it in conditions that are slippery enough to be prevent driveline binding.

In contrast AWD systems are designed with the ability to slip where necessary to be active all the time in any level of dry, which makes them easier to use and arguably more useful in snow.

The JLU Sahara is a great compromise, as there is an optional system that offers the off-road ability and ruggedness of a part time system, but has the convenience of a full time system you can set and forget in any condition.

Honestly if you aren't going off-road you don't NEED a part-time system.

My wife's WK2 GC is better in a lot of day to day conditions from rain to snow, but it's not nearly as capable on the beach and in the dunes.

And of course, my JKU is more fun.

PS my JKU Sahara was ordered new and well configured to my tastes and needs. It came on at an MSRP of around $42k. I've configured a similar JLU with the optional transfer case and a similar level of functional and comfortable amenities (heated leather and nav, premium sound, towing, hardtop, etc.) and it stickers around $50k.

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