I have an opportunity to buy a new, nicely equipped '10 2-dr 6spd hardtop Rubi, or throw a bunch of money at my '08 2-dr 6spd softtop X (gears, lift, etc.). So, Rubi owners, are you happy with yours? What changes did you make or would you make? Anything you hate about it? It seems like they are pretty well set up for serious off-roading from the git-go, and have some features that would be very expensive to put on the X, such as electronic detachable front sway bar and 4.00 transfer case ratio, if they can even be added.
I have an 06 Rubi and I love it. For a dual purpose Jeep that sees a lot of trail time, but doesn't need a trailer, they are hard to beat. The sway bar gizmo on the new ones is nifty, but I care more about the 4:1 TC, the Dana 44 axles, lockers, lower gearing, disc brakes, etc. Seeing that I've got a TJ I'm running 33's with a 4" lift . . . you'd probably clear 33's or bigger on a JK all day with just a budget boost and all you'd need then is to armor the thing up and you'll be ready to run 95% of the trails out there including trails like Rubicon, Moab, etc. A Rubicon is a complete waste if someone is not planning to do much wheelin' or is just looking to do easy to moderate stuff . . . decently equiped X or Sport would do just fine. Also, a Rubicon is a waste for someone that is looking to only do extreme trails where you'll be looking to go with huge tires as you'll probably end up ditching the axles anyway and would be better off starting with an X and saving all that money.
Bite the hand that feeds you . . . you've had more than enough to eat already.
Have a 09 2dr Rubi. Like any vehicle I have ever owned they have their good and bad. Even though I am not happy with D/C overall quality in their vehicles I am happy with my Rubi and until someone comes along and builds something that is as capable and looks as good I would continue to own/buy another. They continue, for me, to be the most fun vehicle I have ever owned. Just wouldn't want one as my only vehicle.
I've had a '04 TJ Rubi and loved it...didn't do anything to it other than some step bars, grille inserts, and tint the windows. I've now got a 2007 Rubi and love it more than my previous one. I think the motor is a little weaker that the 4.0 from the past, but it gets the job done, and you really don't have to do any mods to go off road....
Love my Rubicon. Guess it depends what you're going to do with it. If you just want to tear it apart, keep what you got I guess and mod it up. If you want a slightly stouter platform to start out with from factory, and then think down the road you need to modify this or that, get the Rubicon. I bought my Rubicon knowing it had all the bells and whistles from build, but now I want to build it up anyways...it's just in the Jeep blood.
and ordered a new one! I test drove a Rubi they had on the lot and loved it, immediately noticed how different in a good way the gearing is (4.10 vs 3.21), it sits just a bit higher than the X, and in a parking lot tried out 4wd low. Wow, that is one low transfer case! Then, considering you get the "lockers" and sway bar release it really makes more sense to get the Rubi than modify the X, as my primary purpose for it is to drive as many back-country trails in the Colorado high country as I can, and there are a lot! The X was competent, I can tell the Rubi will be exemplary. Plus, I don't mess with any warranty issues like I potentially could with mods to the X. Black Bear, Red Cone, Engineer, Imogene, here I come....
I had an 08 Sahara Unlimited that Chrysler bought back and I replaced it with an 08 Rubicon Unlimited. I am super happy with the Rubicon. Many pluses about it. Better sound system (much better), more sure footed for many reasons. I feel more confident in it on the back roads and off road. I have never felt this way about any car that I have driven before, the jeep puts a smile on my face that just doesn't quit. I just love driving it. Hope you have fun with your new Rubi. :-)
Participate in life....Keep movin'....Go there....JK'n it.........Do it! Jeep #1: Red Rock 08 JK Rubicon 4dr, 6 sp manual, Stock Mud Tires, MyGIG Upgrade, Hard Top, after sale BestTop SunRider Soft Top, Congo Cage Rack, Mopar slush mats Jeep #2 Black 08 JK Rubicon 2dr, 6 sp manual, both tops, some chrome...uggg (my wife's jeep) Jeep #3 White 92 YJ (my son's jeep) A great quote from a good friend: "All hail click clack and master jk'n." Click and clack are my idols!