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Old 11-14-2011, 03:51 PM   #1
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Difference between Unlimited Rubicon and Unlimited X?

Im thinking about buying one, and i just wanna know the difference between the two.

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Old 11-14-2011, 03:54 PM   #2
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One is better then the other

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Old 11-14-2011, 03:55 PM   #3
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Looks like the Rubi has a lot of additional features that many of us get aftermarket anyways like larger tires (32s) and locking differentials.
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Old 11-14-2011, 03:58 PM   #4
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The rubi is much more than the x... dana 44 front and rear 4.10 gears electronic sway bar disconnect .diffrent shocks comes with mud tires .and the price .if you can afford it buy the rubi
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The Unlimited X (or "Sport," depending on the year) is a very capable offroad vehicle. The Rubi is even more so, by adding a heavier duty front axle, front and rear e-lockers, electronic sway bar disconnects, a performance suspension, a 4:1 t-case, and some other stuff I'm probably forgetting. If you don't know what any of that stuff is, then you don't need it.
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Thats exactly what i was wanting to know, i know what all of those things are used for, i just wanted to see what all was not in the X
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Old 11-14-2011, 04:20 PM   #7
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Think of the X as a base model that is very capable and the Rubi as extremely capable. Depends what you need and want to spend. MTH covered it. I would also base the decision upon each vehicles condition. That might be more important.
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The price you pay for the front Dana 44 and 4:1 transfer case on the Rubicon model is very much worth it if you're willing to pay for it up front. It will also be factory warrantied. However, it's nothing you can't get later for an X, should you feel you need it. You'll just pay more for it later. That said, you can go more hardcore on those areas if you wanted to, and not spend as much as the guy who bought the Rubicon and then ditched it for Dana 60's and a better transfer case. However, Dana 60's and a better transfer case will be for extreme rock crawlers, or mall crawlers running 40's and higher. You should assess where you want to go with your Jeep, if you think you'll only do some mild rock crawling and medium difficulty trails, I would go with a Rubicon, get it all at once and save some money. But, if you think you'll want huge tires and do rock crawling, you may want more than what the Rubicon offers, so save some money and get the X and you can upgrade to the real hardcore stuff as needed.
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Old 11-14-2011, 04:54 PM   #9
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Thats exactly what i was wanting to know, i know what all of those things are used for, i just wanted to see what all was not in the X
Then you're all set. Lots of folks who know nothing about wheeling are drawn to the Rubi because it's the "top of the line," when they really have no idea what any of that stuff is and they almost surely won't ever use it. Oh, and in addition to the other ones I mentioned in my last post, the Rubi also comes with (marginal) rock sliders and BFG MT tires that don't come stock on the Sport/X (though the tires can be optioned). Rubis pre-2012 also come stock with 4.10 gear ratio, though starting in 2012 the 4.10s are an option on the auto and stock is 3.73.

For those who understand what all that means, my basic assessment of the Rubi is that IF you want f/r e-lockers, e-discos, D44 front, 4.10s, and a 4:1 t-case, THEN there is no doubt it's worth it. You won't replicate those features after market for cheaper.

HOWEVER, if you don't really want all of those features or if other mods are more important, then you're better off getting a Sport/X and building it to your personal specs. For example, I'm not wild about discos--much less e-discos--and I'd rather have at least one LSD instead of a locker, maybe even just two LSDs. I also like wheeling in 4Lo all the time, so 4:1 is really low for my tastes. As is I stay in 4Lo and start in 2nd or 3rd gear. And I think 4.56 or even 4.88 would be a better gearing for the 33s I'll be running, so paying for a Rubi to give me 4.10s standard wouldn't really be that smart.

So the Rubi is a one-size-fits-all great out-of-the-box wheeler. And if you want the Rubi's exact features, then there's no denying it is the best way to get them. But if you've got a custom plan in mind, then make sure you price out just building up a Sport/X.
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Then you're all set. Lots of folks who know nothing about wheeling are drawn to the Rubi because it's the "top of the line," when they really have no idea what any of that stuff is and they almost surely won't ever use it. Oh, and in addition to the other ones I mentioned in my last post, the Rubi also comes with (marginal) rock sliders and BFG MT tires that don't come stock on the Sport/X (though the tires can be optioned). Rubis pre-2012 also come stock with 4.10 gear ratio, though starting in 2012 the 4.10s are an option on the auto and stock is 3.73.

For those who understand what all that means, my basic assessment of the Rubi is that IF you want f/r e-lockers, e-discos, D44 front, 4.10s, and a 4:1 t-case, THEN there is no doubt it's worth it. You won't replicate those features after market for cheaper.

HOWEVER, if you don't really want all of those features or if other mods are more important, then you're better off getting a Sport/X and building it to your personal specs. For example, I'm not wild about discos--much less e-discos--and I'd rather have at least one LSD instead of a locker, maybe even just two LSDs. I also like wheeling in 4Lo all the time, so 4:1 is really low for my tastes. As is I stay in 4Lo and start in 2nd or 3rd gear. And I think 4.56 or even 4.88 would be a better gearing for the 33s I'll be running, so paying for a Rubi to give me 4.10s standard wouldn't really be that smart.

So the Rubi is a one-size-fits-all great out-of-the-box wheeler. And if you want the Rubi's exact features, then there's no denying it is the best way to get them. But if you've got a custom plan in mind, then make sure you price out just building up a Sport/X.
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:27 PM   #11
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Been curious about this for a long time myself, but hadn't found much on the forums (searching for "X" surprisingly didn't yield great results). Didn't realize that "X" just meant "Sport", but it makes sense now. Thanks, guys/gals.

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