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Old 03-28-2013, 02:05 PM   #1
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Best Jeep model to offroad with?

I am just wondering what the best Jeep model is the best to offroad with. I currently have a 4 door Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited. Is the Rubicon better because it has a Skid Plate?

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Very loaded question. I'm sure you'll get all sorts of answers.

Best answer I can come up with is that the best to wheel is 1) the one you built and 2) the one you are comfortable in. No two (non-stock) Jeeps are the same just as no two drivers are the same.

Take what you have out and wheel it. If you break something or notice a deficiency, fix / upgrade it. THAT is how Jeeps are truly born.

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Very loaded question. I'm sure you'll get all sorts of answers.

Best answer I can come up with is that the best to wheel is 1) the one you built and 2) the one you are comfortable in. No two (non-stock) Jeeps are the same just as no two drivers are the same.

Take what you have out and wheel it. If you break something or notice a deficiency, fix / upgrade it. THAT is how Jeeps are truly born.
So the Skid Plate isn't that important to have?
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So the Skid Plate isn't that important to have?
All depends on how hard you wheel. I have a belly plate (came with the RE lift years ago) and have needed it a few times. I've seen other drivers where they could have the whole thing plated and it still wouldn't help.

I haven't climbed under all the models, but I'm pretty sure all of 'em have at least some protection under there.
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I'm assuming you mean current models, so that prevents me from saying CJ5....

Skid plates don't make the Rubicon the best, but it one feature in a well-rounded factory off-road package. The other features that make the Rubicon the "best" as available from the factory include but not limited to the 4:1 low range tcase, front and rear lockers, and stronger front axle.
So yes, the Rubicon is the "best" you can buy off the showroom floor.

Beyond that, as rketr indicates, the "best" is how you improve on the stock vehicle to improve it's capabilities where you wheel it.
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I'm assuming you mean current models, so that prevents me from saying CJ5....

Skid plates don't make the Rubicon the best, but it one feature in a well-rounded factory off-road package. The other features that make the Rubicon the "best" as available from the factory include but not limited to the 4:1 low range tcase, front and rear lockers, and stronger front axle.
So yes, the Rubicon is the "best" you can buy off the showroom floor.

Beyond that, as rketr indicates, the "best" is how you improve on the stock vehicle to improve it's capabilities where you wheel it.
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Yeah, there really is no single answer for "best".

Are you out running dunes? If so, you want one kind of rig. Are you rock crawling? You want another type of rig. Rock racing? You need a rig set up for that. Mild trail riding your thing? A lot of rigs are great for that. Baja racing? Entirely different rig. Mud bogging? You want something different for that.

If you try to take a Baja rig rock crawling it may work but not very well. Take a short wheelbase Jeep bouncing down a Baja course and you may very well see it swap ends on you before you know it and you'll be looking at where you came from instead of where you're going. Rock crawlers are geared to ride low and slow over the rocks. That's great until you need a lot of wheel speed to get through the mud bog.

"Best" is really a subjective term.
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All Jeeps have to be transformed into that ultimate trail jeep. That is the fun part of owning a jeep. It evolves throughout the years you own it. Eventually you will have the Jeep you always wanted. It just requires that you just empty every pocket for the next 5-10 years ;-) I am on year 7. Three more years to go!!!!
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I am just wondering what the best Jeep model is the best to offroad with. I currently have a 4 door Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited. Is the Rubicon better because it has a Skid Plate?
There is no easy answer...but a common answer is "Wrangler". Now which Jeep Wrangler is best comes down if comparing stock vs stock. There are many built 4 cyl SE out there that will go where stock Rubicon's can't.
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To the OP, I have been going back and forth about "man, I want the most off road capable thing. I should of got a rubicon". The more I wheel my Sahara though, the more I realize that a: A good driver in a rig is a lot better off then a good rig with a bad driver. B: I have more pride and joy from seeing what MY jeep can do as opposed to what a factory bought jeep can do. C: My Sahara will basically go where ever I want it to, if I know what I'm doing. Bottom line, your jeep will be the most capable jeep to you, because you built it for what you need, no Rubicon can go where you need YOUR jeep to go, and your jeep can't (unless you want it to) go where any Rubicon can go.

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