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post #1 of 5 Old 02-06-2020, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for some advice. I have the option to purchase an LJ, a 2017 Rubicon Recon or a 2019 JL sport s with fox suspension and 35s. I believe I need the space of the 4 door so three of us can hit the trails, with gear to camp and have a good time. Not sure what the better choice is though between the 3 as far as capabilities go. Feedback is greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 5 Old 02-07-2020, 09:43 AM
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Are you mechanically inclined? LJ is 14 to 16 years old requiring regular maintenance and repairs.
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post #3 of 5 Old 02-07-2020, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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I can handle routine maintenance and basic mechanics. Not afraid of getting my hands dirty (I have 51 year old Dodge Charger that i tend to regularly). The LJ just might be to small for the three of us. Primarily should I go JK or JL?
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post #4 of 5 Old 02-07-2020, 11:44 AM
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capability wise any stock the Rubicon will do thing the other will not. Lockers, 4:1 low d44axles. Not that you cant add these to any jeep but the cost to do it is far from low cost. In the end it depend on what type of trails? taking a new JL to beat up on rocks.

tossing 35s on a jeep is easy really . doing it right with the correct gears/steering etc... is not as and not low cost. Dealer lifts tend to bottom of the barrel. and they charge you as if its top of line stuff....

sounds like you know your way around a wrench. lifts are rather simple to install. If you are a good mechanic or OCD enough to do it gears/lockers can be done at home saves about 50% of the cost. But its one of the harder jobs one can do, short of a engine rebuild at home.

few things about the new JLU/Jl's stock they do not come with d44 rear anymore its a new gen d35 and d30 front. that d44 is option now. Off road i have SEEN they have very week steering power. Might even be worse then the jks. Now this is on 35s where you need 35s and locked difs. We had two run withh our club a few weeks back and both on 34s could hardly turn in rocks at all. It has electrical driven steering gear box. For jeep this a new thing. as all before had a pump and gear box like any truck used to. I heard PSC does make a better E box but again i would bet that box is over 1k. since the JK one that is not electrical they make a big bore box( i have this) that is like what today 900? i bought mine when they were preorder a new thing.

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post #5 of 5 Old 03-24-2020, 03:07 PM
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Perhaps late to the party... but since I own an LJ, I would choose between the other 2 if you need a DD and the 4 door room. Yes, the LJ has more room than a TJ, but not as much as the above. Plus it still has the 4.0 and for a DD I'd rather have the V6.

Don't get me wrong... love my LJ. But it's a trail rig and not a DD.

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