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Old 09-07-2012, 08:47 PM   #1
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Looking to purchase but have a few questions.

I'm looking to purchase a four door jeep and I'm confused on which model would be best for me. I know it will be 07+ since I need four dour. I don't really under stand the models very well besides the different wheels/tires. What is the difference between the different models like sport, Sahara, rubicon, altitude and what every other ones I may have messed.

does one model perform better than the other when off roading? Besides the decked out rubicons. I will be doing mild off roading and minor upgrades in the future.

I'm not going to go crazy lifted since I need to keep decent mpg still

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Old 09-07-2012, 09:39 PM   #2
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The Rubicons are definitely the best for offroad in stock form, they already have 4.10 gears and D44 front and rear, and lockers, and gas tank skid plate. I think the sahara comes with D44 rear and D35 front. if you plan on going offroad and running oversized tires, but dont plan on doing many upgrades you might want to just get a rubi, They have all the goodies already. But i guess if you are only gonna do mild offroading then any model will be more than enough. They are all Jeeps, and that usually enough

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Old 09-07-2012, 09:58 PM   #3
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To me it all depends on how much you have to spend, and how loaded you want it off the lot. I bought a '12 jk unlimited Sport S back in april. The sport s package is mainly "power group" it came with the power windows/locks, heated and power mirrors, 17 inch aluminum wheels, and crappy goodyear sra tires (street tread). mine has the 3.21 gear (good for mpgs) but you can get it with the 3.73 for an extra $50 on the sticker. Im kickin myself that I didnt realize it was that cheap to change the gears in the factory, but the 3.21 do just fine and I average 19 between highway and city. The sahara, and rubicon are the fancier ones. of course the rubicon has all the bells and whistles like blackrubi003 said. The sahara comes available with leather, navigation etc. Mine, being soft top 4 door, decently loaded and a nice start was marked at 28,600 (if I remember right)....if you buy new though, make sure you sign up for the Tread Lightly program, with that you get %1 below invoice, and $100 rebate off 4 new goodyear tires
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:37 PM   #4
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I'm very happy with the Sport, but the stronger axle and locking diff. on the rubicon is nice, but i haven't needed them yet and go off road all the time.I don't think feel interested in the sahara,i use my phone for gps.
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:43 PM   #5
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my dad has a cj with dana 30 up front and amc 20 in the rear with 3.54 gears and 32 inch tires, he has been wheelin for 20+ years and has only striped 1 axle. so you dont really need all that extra stuff, it's just nice to have.
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:00 PM   #6
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The trails I've been off roading with a little trouble have been in a 2wd ford ranger. So I think the rubicon would be over kill for me anyways. I'd probably be looking used so I wouldn't have the option of changing the axles gears for $50 but that's good to know.
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Old 09-09-2012, 12:16 AM   #7
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The trails I've been off roading with a little trouble have been in a 2wd ford ranger. So I think the rubicon would be over kill for me anyways. I'd probably be looking used so I wouldn't have the option of changing the axles gears for $50 but that's good to know.
If your going from a 2wd ranger, any jeep will be an off roading improvement. My first vehicle was a '98 5 speed 2wd ranger, and I just bought a '12 JKU sport. I would have liked to have a Rubi, but I know I would only be doing mild off roading because it is my DD. And it was the difference between $30k that I paid, to around $40k for a Rubi. And everything the Rubi has can be bought aftermarket later on if you really felt you needed it.

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