Looking for advice/guidance/support for a light to moderate buildout or just someone to talk me out of this...
Last summer I bought a 2013 Jeep Rubicon Unlimited (Auto, 3.73's, brown leather, black exterior). I've been wanting to turn this into an all-around long term
adventure vehicle. Something I can take off in for as much as a month
...or more, and actually feel comfortable doing so. Meaning, to literally live out of my Jeep while I roam wherever I feel like going. I don't need to be able to do any gonzo rock crawling, but I'd still like something I can take generally wherever I want to go (within reason) and yet still maintain good roadability.
Let me give a breakdown of what I'm thinking:
- AEV front bumper + winch (just in case I need some help getting out of a tight situation) (+100lbs)
- AEV rear bumper + tire carrier + fuel caddy (+200 lbs with fuel)
- AEV 2.5" lift
- AEV 17" Pintler wheels
- Some sort of 34"ish tire
- Front Runner Cargo Slide
- Front Runner 40l Footwell Water Tank
- National Luna 50l Fridge
- National Luna Dual Battery Kit
(+20lbs with extra battery?)
- Ursa Minor J30 Pop-Top
- Roof rack with kayak + bike (+50lbs?)
So considering all of that, I have a couple key questions:
- Is AEV's 2.5" lift enough for all of that weight and 34-35" tires? I really want to maintain or improve street drivability. With the AEV kits it sounds like that isn't an issue, but I also don't want to have to get into some of the more complex suspension problems that the 3.5"+ kits introduce.
- Are 4.10 gears needed for a Pentastar Auto w/ 33"+ tires and all that added weight? Guessing so...but I'm very pleasantly surprised by the performance of my Rubi w/ the 3.73's right now (but not the gas mileage!)
- If so, is there any reason I shouldn't just trade it in for a Rubicon X (in white, see below) which already has sufficient bumpers, if I can get a good deal on my very-low-mileage '13 Rubi? The Rubi X bumpers will take a winch as well as the AEV tire carrier. Good enough!
Thoughts? With the weather starting to warm up...I'm starting to get an itch!!
A few other things I've considered:
- I'm kicking myself for getting all black due to the added heat in warmer climates, and am actually considering trading in my Jeep for an all white model. Or I could just drive around with a white roof ala the UPS guys
- I wanted to hold out until a diesel model came out just for longer range, but who knows when that will really
happen, and when it does, I'm guessing it will take a good year or more for after market parts manufacturers to accommodate any changes made in the name of weight savings (which sounds like a certainty)
- I made sure to get the brown leather just to stand up to a bit more abuse than cloth but also to not scorch my ass in the sun like black leather will do.