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Old 02-24-2009, 01:05 PM   #1
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I'm a new JK buyer

I'm looking to buy a jk by the end of this year, but i have no real idea what im doing

i've done some reading and research

and i probably won't have enough money to go with the rubicon

my budget will only cover a 2 door

so i guess this brings me to a choice:

a sport or sahara

will a sahara even be that much better in the end?

i need tips!

sorry if i ask dumb questions!

im a noob so bare with me!

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i just brought my first one, not even a week ago.
i went with what i could afford, and what would be practical for me:

a wrangler X 2 door, a/c, cd player, 6 speed.

thats it. they offered me a real good deal on the next package up, but i declined, because as enticing as it sounded, i was on a budget.
i don't do any off roading, but felt that with a wrangler, i would have the best of both worlds in the summer and winter.
so far i'm happy with it.

imo get what best suits your needs.

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a saraha is almost as expensive as a rubicon.
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...but felt that with a wrangler, i would have the best of both worlds in the summer and winter...
Same reason I got mine. Mine has been a dream in the snow this winter in Michigan. We have been getting hit pretty hard over here. Even pulled a couple cute girls out of some deep snow once. I think the Jeep paid for itself in that moment.
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a saraha is almost as expensive as a rubicon.

That's what I was thinking... I looked at both (ok the Rubi was a leftover 08) and I got the Rubi for 4k less than what they were willing to sell the 09 Saraha.
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Old 02-24-2009, 10:56 PM   #6
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really??
so im guessing i should go with the sport since i cant afford the rubi and the sahara is almost the same price as the rubi

would i be lame if i got the sport?

because this is what im thinking of doing when i buy one:

i plan to drive it daily just like a regular car for a couple of months till i get together some cash, then after start modding it out

so it wont be a while until i start going off-road
maybe a almost a year after i buy it.

so would that still be a good idea?

i mean whatever suits my needs right?

and its worth waiting so long, so when i go off-roading ill have a blast right?

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That's what I was thinking... I looked at both (ok the Rubi was a leftover 08) and I got the Rubi for 4k less than what they were willing to sell the 09 Saraha.
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a saraha is almost as expensive as a rubicon.
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Old 02-25-2009, 03:08 AM   #7
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Hi,
I have a Rubicon, that I use half the time in the city, where the automatic gear really pays off, on long trips as well, it's much more confortable. That part of the car I don't think you can update later...
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yea i think that's what i want as well.

ill get an automatic

and later, months later, takeit off-roading

but the first thing to do would have to be a lift right?

and will the wrangler still look the same for the 2010 model?
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you mean a lift for off-road? I don't know about that, the european model of wrangler seems to be much different than the american one, over here my car serves me much more on hard road (forest or mountain, on really bad weather) rather than real off-road.
about the look, the new model just came on the market on 2007, with the crisis and the way the car producers keep the design, my guess is the wrangler will look the same for the next 3-4 years (the new look of mini cooper is the same since 2000...)
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Hey Skitzo, being that you live in L.A., an automatic would probably be your best bet. Seeing that you probably drive in a lot of stop and go traffic. When it comes to lifts, i would just get the 2 1/2 inch lift. You would still be able to fit 35,s.
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about the look, the new model just came on the market on 2007, with the crisis and the way the car producers keep the design, my guess is the wrangler will look the same for the next 3-4 years (the new look of mini cooper is the same since 2000...)
sweet, i dont have to worry about that then.
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Hey Skitzo, being that you live in L.A., an automatic would probably be your best bet. Seeing that you probably drive in a lot of stop and go traffic. When it comes to lifts, i would just get the 2 1/2 inch lift. You would still be able to fit 35,s.
how much would that lift cost me?
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Price vary,s by manufacturer and what comes with the lift. You could go with 2 inch pucks and shocks for about $450.00.
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oh thats pretty good

cause i heard they range from 500-1000

but then again, like you said it depends what it comes with

i know im gonna sound like a complete noob, but what are pucks?
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i know im gonna sound like a complete noob, but what are pucks?

Pucks or coil spacers also known as a budget boost "bb".

They are a spacer that sit on top of the factory coil spring on your vehicle. Making the height slightly taller.
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Here is a link to a BB "puck lift" for a JK....

Daystar - Driven by Design
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Old 02-27-2009, 02:18 PM   #16
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oh thats pretty cool
thanks!
so theyre known as bb because theyre cheaper because theyre an easier solution?
or am i wrong? please correct me if im wrong

and are there other types of lifts?
what are they?

sorry for all the questions!
i need to keep researching before i buy one :]
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have 5, 6 hundred to spend??

Just curious what some of you folks would spend 5 to 6 hundred bucks on your jeep if you had it to spend??? I am wondering if most would be frugle and invest in air intakes, exhust etc... things to save on gas, or on tires (wont get much here) a lift perhaps, I dont really know what I want to do or how best to spend the 5 to 6 hundred so little help or opinion would be great tks. I have a 2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited basically stock!!
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oh thats pretty cool
thanks!
so theyre known as bb because theyre cheaper because theyre an easier solution?
or am i wrong? please correct me if im wrong

and are there other types of lifts?
what are they?

sorry for all the questions!
i need to keep researching before i buy one :]

They are known as such because they are geared/marketed toward the jeeper with a tight budget but still would like to lift their rig a little.

Yes there are several different types of lifts....Coil lift, bb, long arm system, coil lift suspension system, body lifts,,,, and more.

Yes please do research any lift kit or system before purchase.

At the top of the JK section in this forum there is a lift review just for JK lifts. Check it out.

Also if you don't see anything you want to know about just let us know and we'll fill you in about it.

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Just curious what some of you folks would spend 5 to 6 hundred bucks on your jeep if you had it to spend??? I am wondering if most would be frugle and invest in air intakes, exhust etc... things to save on gas, or on tires (wont get much here) a lift perhaps, I dont really know what I want to do or how best to spend the 5 to 6 hundred so little help or opinion would be great tks. I have a 2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited basically stock!!
Welcome to the forum bud. Your jeep being a 06 is a TJ. This is a JK section.

Check out the TJ section on the main page. Feel free to post up any question in the TJ section and you will get an answer.

There is also a lift review for TJ at the top of the TJ section.

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They are known as such because they are geared/marketed toward the jeeper with a tight budget but still would like to lift their rig a little.

Yes there are several different types of lifts....Coil lift, bb, long arm system, coil lift suspension system, body lifts,,,, and more.

Yes please do research any lift kit or system before purchase.

At the top of the JK section in this forum there is a lift review just for JK lifts. Check it out.

Also if you don't see anything you want to know about just let us know and we'll fill you in about it.
wow thats a lot
ill research all of those
thanks!

so i think the puck lift will suit me best after i buy the jk because i will not do any off-roading or even attempting any months after i buy it

would that be a good rational choice?

i also have another question i havent seen answered
i just need further clarification

which wrangler 2 door would suit me best?
a regular or a sport?
because i doubt ill be able to afford the sahara or rubi


and is there much difference between the regular wrangler and the sport?

thanks for all your help so far!
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Well pretty much if you want a new Jeep (07-09) you would probably want an X model. That's their base model. I believe it still has a Dana 44 in the back with a Dana 30 in the front.
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I sprung for the rubicon. I figured it would have all the equipment I am likely to need for some time. So my only "upgrades" have been locks. A lock for the gas cap, a lock for the hood, 4 hinge locks for the doors, and 5 wheel locks. All things that should have come standard! Do they think nobody steals gas, batteries, wheels, and yes even jeep doors! If they do they've never visited california.

My next improvement is a ram mount for my gps. the suction cup breaks lose about once a week and I find my gps dangling from the cord. lol.

Now that spring is sneaking in I am thinking about how I want to configure for the warm weather. I have the freedom top, but no ragtop. I am thinking of taking it off for the spring/summer. Any recommendations for a bikini top, etc? Also a car cover, since I have to park it outside all the time.
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Old 02-28-2009, 08:35 PM   #23
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When I bought mine..........

The "X" looked plain and wimpy

I didn't need the Rubi package (lockers, tires, etc...)

The Sahara IMO looks the best out of the 3 models. Color matched fender flairs, and the 18" wheels are just badazz

But in the end money plays a factor in which model is affordable
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I bought my first jeep 2 mo. ago. It's 2007 X 2dr auto ac daily driver and loven it
good luck and enjoy which ever you choose
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Well pretty much if you want a new Jeep (07-09) you would probably want an X model. That's their base model. I believe it still has a Dana 44 in the back with a Dana 30 in the front.
so what's a dana 44 and a dana 30?

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When I bought mine..........

The "X" looked plain and wimpy

I didn't need the Rubi package (lockers, tires, etc...)

The Sahara IMO looks the best out of the 3 models. Color matched fender flairs, and the 18" wheels are just badazz

But in the end money plays a factor in which model is affordable
are you from socal? if so how much was ur sahara?

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yea i think i will end up with the X unless i find a really good deal on a sahara

because i am also gonna wanna go with the power conveniance group because im going to be more of a daily driver so gotta have those power windows
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so what's a dana 44 and a dana 30?
those are the axles. sort of truck axles, special for off road driving
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oh ok
so does the X model come with those?

can anyone confirm that?
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yes it does the rubi comes with a 44 upfront and in the rear like the x model
o and to try and answer your question i wouldnt get the sahara (i didnt) unless you like the extra crome and wheels. there are no mechanical differences if im not mistaken just cosmetic stuff inside and out. i would save the money and put it into modifications like better tires a must on the x model bumbers, lights, winch whatever you want. it all depends on what you are going to do with the jeep. is it a daily driver or is it a hardcore offroader, your choice one of the cool things about owning a jeep.
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I got a tricked out Rubi, man, the stereo is boss, much better than the sahara I had. The built in nav system (on the radio) is pretty good too. The sahara stereo had some kind of popping noise going on in the low frequency response (base drum usually caused popping in the audio), very annoying. I got the 6 speed even though I drive it every day in city traffic. Been driving a standard for 30 years, its like an automatic to me, I don't even think about the shifting. I think it adds to the fun of driving it. I also like how a standard handles in varying terrain.
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You are going to love your purchase! In May of 2008, I sold my Dodge Ram to a family friend, and I went in and bought a 2008 Red Rock Wrangler Unlimited Sahara with Freedom Top and I love it! At that time I had two vehicles, my other was a Chrysler Sebring convertible. Just a couple of months ago, I drove past a Jeep dealer and saw a yellow two door Wranger X. Well, one thing led to another and I wound up trading the Sebring and got a SECOND Wrangler. But this one has 6 speed, a/c, and CD, and that's it. Once you get hooked, you are HOOKED! It's a Jeep thing!

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