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post #1 of 5 Old 08-07-2020, 06:27 AM Thread Starter
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Rubicon or Sport w/ Lift

Need advise, should I buy a Rubicon or a Sport and put a small lift/new tires on it base on the below circumstances:

I'm not planning to go off roading (there's not many places near me in the NOVA/DC area), but I don't like the way the stock Wrangler Sport looks with the tiny wheels/tires. I think that the new Rubicon package looks just perfect stock, and I don't need to go any bigger on tires/lift because I still want to be able to fit into parking garages, I don't want to sacrifice gas mileage that much (even though it may only be 2 mpgs or so), and I won't really be taking it off road.

So my question to the community is: is the Rubicon worth it or would I be better off just buying a sport and putting a 2" lift and bigger tires on it? Right now a brand new Sport is about $35k (before tax/title/dealer fees) and a new Rubicon is around $45-50k on the lower end. Unlike many cars, you get a lot more fancy gadgets, leather seats, and tech with the higher trims. I'm looking at bare bones Rubicons that don't even have leather seats, and it's not like they come with adaptive cruise control, they just look better and are more capable that the Sport. What would it take to basically get a Sport to look like a Rubicon if I upgraded tires and suspension, is that about $4-5k? And is that worth the savings over buying the Rubicon, or should I just buy the Rubicon because it will hold it's value better (I'm assuming any mods going into the Sport I wouldn't get back when I sell)?

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post #2 of 5 Old 08-07-2020, 08:25 AM
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Well, you get more off road orientated options with the Rubicon. Gears, axles, lockers and fancy trims.

You can equip a Sport S with the fancy trims, radio, aux switches and even the ELSD. You will certainly save money to lift a Sport S and option it with the creature comforts you want. A 2" lift (or picking up a JLU Rubicon takeoff suspension) and some 33's or 35's will give you the look you want and allow you to keep a few grand in your pocket.

If you are not going off road, I probably wouldn't buy the Rubicon.

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post #3 of 5 Old 08-10-2020, 07:11 PM
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If you don't plan on going off road at all just go with the Sport S. The Rubicon is way more then just an appearance package and you wont need any of it to cruise the mall. 2.5" lift and 35's on a sport S will even take you off road if you need to. If you do want to go off road later and build a good Jeep you can modify the **** out of any of them.
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post #4 of 5 Old 09-05-2020, 05:55 PM
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Definitely stick with the Sport if you aren't going to be doing much off-roading. The Sport will be capable enough to minor off road excursions and you'll save money because you aren't buying upgrades you don't need.

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post #5 of 5 Old 09-20-2020, 07:52 AM
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If you put larger tires on a Sport or Sport S without changing the gear ratio, your Jeep will lack power and acceleration ability. The Rubicon comes with 411 ratio, which is appropriate for larger tires.

Buy a “Poor Mans” Rubicon.

Buy a Sport S with the EcoDiesel option. It will come with 373 ratio, a Dana 44 front and rear, with a LSD in the rear. The Diesel engine makes 442 torque at 1400 RPM. You could put 35” tires on it and it will have the power and gear ratio to accelerate faster than ANY other Wrangler made. The little 3.0 turbo charged V-6 will get 28 MPG on the highway.

Google Farrish Jeep in your area, they have several EcoDiesel Sport S models on the lot all well under 50K.
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