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Old 08-03-2007, 05:19 PM   #1
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Rubi or non rubi??

Is it worth buying a rubicon for the lockers and transfer case or buying a reg (say an X etc) jeep and not caring for the transfer case and buy my own lockers? Im just trying to figure out the best way to go. Im trying to stay above an 02 wrangler.
Also is it better to buy one that has everything on it or buy a stock one and put money into it and knowing that it hasnt been beat, Yet :-)

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Old 08-03-2007, 05:25 PM   #2
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If you find an X - be sure to get a Dana44 rear. I wish I would have.

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Old 08-03-2007, 06:14 PM   #3
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I think you need to take a couple of things into consideration.

1. How much do enjoy working on your Jeep?

2. Are you going to do hard core rock crawling?

3. Are you going to mainly forrest service type road wheeling?

In my opinion.......

If you want to build a Jeep, a Rubicon might be wasted money. I am not talking about mild mods, but replacing axles and other major components seems to me to negate the advantages of the Rubicon.

If you want to do hard core rock crawling, see above.

If you are going to do mild off roading, I think the Rubicon is a waste of money, because even a stock 4 cylinder Jeep will go most places.

However, if you want to do a combination of all this, just not real hard core, a Rubicon might be just the ticket. They are not perfect, but they are very capable right out of the box.

I have had 2, an 03 and my present 06. For me they make sense because I am no longer able to do any type of major mods or maintenance due to health issues. The same goes for breakage - if I break it, Chrysler fixes it for free. I do like to do some wheeling that a stock Jeep most likely could not do also.

For me they make sense. But I also realize they are not the best Jeep ever, just another one.

FWIW............
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Old 08-03-2007, 06:17 PM   #4
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No kidding

Do what ever you want, hutch made a good post.

If you ever want to resell it, remember people like Rubicon.

I like my sport, lots of stuff to do on it yet.

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Old 08-03-2007, 06:37 PM   #5
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I think you need to take a couple of things into consideration.

1. How much do enjoy working on your Jeep?

2. Are you going to do hard core rock crawling?

3. Are you going to mainly forrest service type road wheeling?

In my opinion.......

If you want to build a Jeep, a Rubicon might be wasted money. I am not talking about mild mods, but replacing axles and other major components seems to me to negate the advantages of the Rubicon.




If you want to do hard core rock crawling, see above.

If you are going to do mild off roading, I think the Rubicon is a waste of money, because even a stock 4 cylinder Jeep will go most places.

However, if you want to do a combination of all this, just not real hard core, a Rubicon might be just the ticket. They are not perfect, but they are very capable right out of the box.

I have had 2, an 03 and my present 06. For me they make sense because I am no longer able to do any type of major mods or maintenance due to health issues. The same goes for breakage - if I break it, Chrysler fixes it for free. I do like to do some wheeling that a stock Jeep most likely could not do also.

For me they make sense. But I also realize they are not the best Jeep ever, just another one.

FWIW............

I do all the trails rock gardens and slow crawly stuff,but never the hammers,and serious stuff,and would want 33's maybe 35,s.
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I'll tell you what I tell everyone else. If you can afford it, go with the Rubi, you won't be sorry you did.
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I'm putting a 4.1 t/c in next week and a front diff in 2 weeks and did spend the big cash that dealers are getting for rubi's.
Only spent 24,500.00 for a limited 4 door and the rubi 4 door and around 33,000.00. Only spending $2800.00 for the T/C and diff.
Not bad.
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if i had the money i would have a rubicon...
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I'm putting a 4.1 t/c in next week and a front diff in 2 weeks and did spend the big cash that dealers are getting for rubi's.
Only spent 24,500.00 for a limited 4 door and the rubi 4 door and around 33,000.00. Only spending $2800.00 for the T/C and diff.
Not bad.
What about the rear diff? How about the lockers? And the armor? What about the tires? Heavy duty driveshafts and the U-Joints? Four wheel disc brakes?

There is a lot that goes into a Jeep to make it a Rubicon.
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Old 08-03-2007, 10:02 PM   #10
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Hey Gwjvw,

I just bought a 06 Rubi and am very happy that I did. I'm totally new to the whole off road thing and having the Rubi with the F/R Lockers, bigger axles & tires, and additional armor has given me the confidence to try some things that I probably wouldn't have otherwise . . . everyone keeps telling me "oh yeah you can do it . . . you've got a Rubi!" I noticed that you are open to anything above a 02 which gives you a lot of options depending on your budget. I got my Rubi with 12k miles on her, without so much as a scratch or even marks on the rims (this has since changed)! I even crawled underneath and again not a scratch . . . so she must never have been wheeled and I wonder if she'd ever been off the pavement. I bet here in SoCal this is not all that uncommon and if you check around you can find a practically brand new 05 or 06 with 10k miles or less for $10k off what they are charging for the new 07 Rubi. For me it was the only choice as I was too late to find a new 06. . . and the extra 10G's is a convenient excuse to run out and throw on a lift, discos, etc! I've done a lot of checking around, not only for myself, but also for a friend that is thinking about buying one, so feel free to PM me if you'd like more info on what I've found out there.
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I do all the trails rock gardens and slow crawly stuff,but never the hammers,and serious stuff,and would want 33's maybe 35,s.
I have 33s on mine with a 2" BB and a 1.25" BL. I am putting together a 3.5" lift with springs etc. I call this a very mild build, but together with the stock Rubi stuff will make a very capable expedition type vehicle, which is what I want.

I think the bottom line is that you need to make a decision on which is best for you. You are the one who has to make the payment. You are the one who has to do maintenance. And you are the one who is going to spend money on mods. You are the only one who can make the best desicion for you.

Whichever you decide, don't look back, just enjoy your Jeep!

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