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Old 06-18-2012, 12:54 PM   #1
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off road capabilities Wrangler Sport vs Rubicon

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is there a big difference between a Wrangler Sport and Rubicon on off Road ? What should be absolutely added to the Sport version to meet offroad requirements ?

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What should be absolutely added to the Sport version to meet offroad requirements?
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is there a big difference between a Wrangler Sport and Rubicon on off Road ? What should be absolutely added to the Sport version to meet offroad requirements ?

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Very subjective question.

Everyone will reply differently.

Both the sport and the rubicon will meet off road requirements.

However, the rubicon will go more places because of features like, front and rear electronic lockers and electronic sway bar disconnect.
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Very subjective question.

Everyone will reply differently.

Both the sport and the rubicon will meet off road requirements.

However, the rubicon will go more places because of features like, front and rear electronic lockers and electronic sway bar disconnect.
I agree "stock for stock". Many will buy the Sport and with the money saved from not buying the Rubicon model, then will add better/stronger axles, lockers, winch, quick discos, etc.
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is there a big difference between a Wrangler Sport and Rubicon on off Road ? What should be absolutely added to the Sport version to meet offroad requirements ?

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Also depends on what you call off road. If it is fire gaurd trails, etc. Sport is great. If it is trails that are going to get at least one wheel in the air regularly, the open diff's and manual disconnects of the Sport will teach you a lot about off road driving. You MUST learn to pick the right line; and the Rubi with elockers and electric disconnects will do the work for you.
Both are EXTREMELY capable off road vehicles.
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:27 AM   #6
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I think the most important thing to add would be a good winch and good off road tires, simular to the ones stock on a Rubicon.
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Very subjective question.

Everyone will reply differently.

Both the sport and the rubicon will meet off road requirements.

However, the rubicon will go more places because of features like, front and rear electronic lockers and electronic sway bar disconnect.
I disagree. The Sport can go in the same places a Rubicon can. The Rubicon just makes some of those places easier.
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is there a big difference between a Wrangler Sport and Rubicon on off Road ? What should be absolutely added to the Sport version to meet offroad requirements ?

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Knowledge and experience.
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:49 AM   #9
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I agree "stock for stock". Many will buy the Sport and with the money saved from not buying the Rubicon model, then will add better/stronger axles, lockers, winch, quick discos, etc.
By the time you do all that, you probably could have had a Rubicon for cheaper, unless your plan was to far surpass the capabilities of a stock Rubicon in the first place. If that's the case, each part I purchase is going to be superior to that found on a Rubicon. For instance, I'm not gonna purchase Dana 44s, I'm gonna go straight to the Dana 60s, etc.

Back in 2005 I planned on getting a WRX and modifying it but by the time I added everything up to what I actually wanted to do with it, I found the STi would just be cheaper; it already had upgraded brakes, suspension, turbo/engine, etc.

I bought the Rubicon because I wanted something that I could trust to get me pretty much anywhere I wanted to go without having to upgrade anything but I've had the intention of upgrading the simple things like wheels/tires.
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First thing, IMO, is to decide what kind of wheelin you want to do, where you want to go with it, then if you want to pay for all the upgrades to a sport to even get to the Rubicon level. Once that decision is made you can decide which vehicle to use as a base for future mods. (Yeah we were one of those people once, "why mod it, its fine the way it is)

As stated some are going extreme so go for the sport due to its lesser price and are going to toss most of the parts anyways. We bought our Rubicon because of where we live and there are places that even a stock Rubicon needs all of its "bells and whistles" to help get through some places. That is the lockers, extra lift (not much but enough), electronic disconnect and so on down the line, factory rock rails (a must out here).

I have seen people go through some gnarly stuff with a sport with nothing but a lift and tires. No lockers, but they have yrs of experience wheeling so they know what line to take for their vehicle.

Then again, we have been wheeling with people in a built up X (Lift and tires) and they have had trouble with obstacle and us in our stock Rubi, lockers engaged, disco on, crawled right through the obstacle.

So, back to the original statement: Depends on how you want to wheel it, and where you want the vehicle to go as far as lift, tires, axles, lockers go.
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great !
thanks for your answers. It will help.

Do you know the price of such wheels and tires please ? It will ease my final decision.

5 CUSTOM M-T WHEELS WITH NEW 285-70 17' TIRES

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great !
thanks for your answers. It will help.

Do you know the price of such wheels and tires please ? It will ease my final decision.

5 CUSTOM M-T WHEELS WITH NEW 285-70 17' TIRES

Thanks for your help
Just curious, why would you want 17 inch wheels?
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I do not want to lift the car up right away. As I need to change the standard wheels and tires from the Sport not for off road, it was a good start with new offroad 17' wheels and tires.
any other ideas are welcome.
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I do not want to lift the car up right away. As I need to change the standard wheels and tires from the Sport not for off road, it was a good start with new offroad 17' wheels and tires.
any other ideas are welcome.
Tires for 15in rims are much cheaper!! Just something to think about...
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Old 06-20-2012, 05:39 PM   #15
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If you have any reference to share on a 15' (rim and tires) that could do the job, I am more than interested. I saw the 17' reference on a used car but some features were missing on the car. I am probably going to buy a 2012 sport and add the 15' if it offers good offroad capabilities.

Thanks again for all the helpful answers.
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What kind of "Car" are you inquiring about??? This is a "Jeep" Wrangler forum


Presuming your talking about a Jeep Wrangler and not a Car, What running a 15in rim will give you is lower cost for tires and more sidewall.. The lower cost for tires will be good for your wallet.. More sidewall to a point is good for offroad function.. Including traction and wheel protection
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Old 06-20-2012, 06:28 PM   #17
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Actually, an experienced driver will be able to take any Wrangler to places an inexperienced driver, couldn't get their Rubicon even close to

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