To be honest, I am a self-declared Wrangler wanna-be. Not sure how much Wrangler I really need. Am hoping to learn something from the collective experience on this forum PRIOR to plunking down any cash any where. I'll try not to ask too many dumb questions.
I used to live in the central valley. Escaped about 6 years ago.
One other way to find out what may be right for your needs is to hook up with a local Jeep club. Then you can not only build a network of friends to wheel with but you'll get to learn hands on about what you're doing.
There are a bunch of clubs out there. Just Google.
06 Rubi with some sort of double ended, chrome knobbed, cross threaded, infinitely adjustable, frequently breakable, worn out flammywhammers zip tied onto it.
It used to be a jeep thing... til that sh!t broke!