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Old 01-13-2014, 08:53 PM   #1
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Future jeep owner questions

Future owner of a jeep rubicon x here (hopfully), and had some general questions to ask here, to see others opinions.

1. What is the rational for owners getting an automatic over the six speed in a rubicon? Other than for ease of use, is there any other benefit?

With the rubicon x and a good winch kit, how much could a rubicon x safely winch?

Is the new pentistar motor more torquey, or does it lag a little? How tough is the tranny?

Is the rubicon full time 4x4, or can it go into 4x2 mode?

Can headers and a borla kit be added to increase mpg?

Do both the 430 nav and 730 nav use garmin for their gps? And is one better than the other?

Oh, yea, and do chicks dig jeeps? lol just j/k on that one

Sorry for all the newbie questions. Looking forward to the comments.

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Old 01-13-2014, 09:09 PM   #2

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I can answer a few of the questions fairly confidently.

I am a chick (or an old hen lol depending how you look at it) and I dig Jeeps.

It is not full time 4x4.

As far as how much it can winch, it would depend upon a bazillion factors. Are you winching someone off an ant hill, or out of 4 feet of mud to start? Vastly different.

And one piece of advice: all of the stock stereo systems suck. Go aftermarket.

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Old 01-13-2014, 09:20 PM   #3
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Why get a Rubicon X? I ask because of the questions you have.
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:00 PM   #4
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Why get a Rubicon X? I ask because of the questions you have.
I agree.

The auto is a superlative transmission, the manual is more like a '68 Chevy Pick-Up (apologies to Chevy). No performance advantage to the manual unless you just want to "row your own".

8000-9000lb winch is enough for a JK, an Unlimited typically requires a step up to a 10,000-12,000lb. Theoretically, you could put a big enough winch on it to pull the front end apart. What are you trying to recover? A deuce and a half?

Pentastar is a very good engine with plenty of power. It hasn't been around long enough to comment about long term durability (like the 4ltr in the TJs).
Mated to the 5sp auto tranny and it is very spunky in a 2dr. Never driven a 4dr so I can't comment, but I would assume the few hundreds of extra pounds wouldn't matter.

It's a part-time 4wd system, and shouldn't be operated as an all-wheel drive system.

General consensus is that the Pentastar doesn't benefit much at all in both performance and economy to aftermarket intake and exhaust "upgrades". Make cool noises, but not much else.

I use my iPhone for navigation...far cheaper than buying something from Fiat. I'm an Infantryman, give me a topo map and I will find my way while away from cell towers.

And YES, my wife digs me while I'm in my Jeep. So does my Choc Lab for that matter.

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