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Old 07-29-2013, 11:38 AM   #31
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Here is my 2 cents... If buying a 2 door, I think there is little difference between the sport and rubi, lockers aside, you can get a set cheaper then you'll get with the rubicon label. If going for a 4 door or Jk unlimited, the Rubicon is the obvious choice. The added weight needs a beefier front axle, plus you get a slight lift and of course the lockers, 4:1 t-case, and edisco... The 2 door has ALWAYS been a capable off road vehicle, the short wheel base is the guts of the wrangler. The 4 door added variables that just don't add the same as a 2 door does. My general feeling is, a 4 door Rubicon and a 2 door sport are almost equal in terrain navigation, a 2 door rubicon is the most capable production vehicle on the planet!

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Old 08-03-2013, 10:57 AM   #32
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The biggest reason why I went with a Rubicon was the gearing. My first Jeep, a '92 Wrangler, was the base model with (I think) 3.07 gears. I tried putting 31" tires on it and needed to keep it in 3 gear to go through the various mountain highways in Pennsylvania.

Yes, you can regear, but who wants to spend 900-1500 bucks right out the door with a brand new vehicle. Then while you're in there, you might as well have them throw in lockers and a compessor, ect. Now we are talking closer to 2K.

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Old 08-03-2013, 11:11 AM   #33
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If you're going to mod it all out get the sport...
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Old 08-03-2013, 11:35 AM   #34
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Sure you can dump a bunch of $$ into a Sport to make it just like a Rubi minus the sticker but by then you've exceeded the cost difference between the two of them and you also don't get the factory warranty. I went Rubicon but I know it's going to see a good bit of offroad driving and I've had lockers before and know first hand how much better they are to have. It's one of those things you can generally do without but after you have them you don't want to be without them. Some folks will say the brake differential is just like a locker....they are wrong it's not even close to the same as a locker.

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