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Old 03-12-2012, 01:02 PM   #1
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New to Jeeps and modding. I'm in the market for a new Unlimited in the next year or so. I'm been lurking, reading, searching, posting, and creating my shopping list...

Question is for once a month wheeling is a rubicon necessary for Florida wheeling (no rock crawling down here in FL)? If we don't need the front D44 for safety and security for 35s, then I'm fine for the Sport and using the extra funds for mods, but also fine with the extra $ for the Rubicon for the safety and strength if really needed.

Wife and I were talking and she said if we go out wheeling with our 2 kiddos (maybe 2 hours away) then an major breakage occurs (broken axle or something else that won't allow us to limp home, what happens?

Final jeep will have all skids, winch with ACE bumper/stinger, ACE rear bumper with tire carrier and 35s, Ace rocker skids more or less... Won't go up any higher than 35s as this will be my DD too.

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Old 03-12-2012, 01:30 PM   #2
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Question is for once a month wheeling is a rubicon necessary for Florida wheeling (no rock crawling down here in FL)?
No, of course not. Rubis are better, but Sports/Saharas are great. This is like asking if you need the top of the line Porsche to "go fast," or whether you can do it with a "regular" Porsche.

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Wife and I were talking and she said if we go out wheeling with our 2 kiddos (maybe 2 hours away) then an major breakage occurs (broken axle or something else that won't allow us to limp home, what happens?
You become a news story.

This is why you generally don't go wheeling alone. You go with experienced folks and recovery gear.

Solitary wheelers are either foolishly tempting fate or are well provisioned, knowledgable, and comfortable with the possibility that every trip more than a few 100 yards from the road could become an exercise in survival skills. At a minimum, you're going to sit and wait while another Jeeper or an ambitious tow truck operator can come and get you . . . presuming of course that you've got cell phone service.

So I would never recommend somebody take a wife and kids on that sort of trip. Use this forum to hook up with Jeepers local to you, and go with a group.

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Old 03-12-2012, 01:44 PM   #3
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Very true, we'd only go out with the local club on a ride. They seem to have a ride every weekend to various places, so now worries about jeeping alone.

Just don't want to make the mistake to save now and buy a sport or cheap out when i just should have just jumped in with a Rubicon. We don't buy alot of vehicles and with 2 kiddos this opportunity may not present itself again for many years...
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Very true, we'd only go out with the local club on a ride. They seem to have a ride every weekend to various places, so now worries about trailgin alone.

Just don't want to make the mistake to save now or cheap out when i just should have jump in with a Rubicon. We don't buy alot of vehicles and with 2 kiddos this opportunity may not present itself again for many years...
If you go with a group and recovery gear, you can usually get free and off the trail or at least better position yourself for an expensive tow. And you can of course lock the doors and get a ride home if you'll need to come back later. All around a much less precarious situation.

For the Rubi, only rarely do you hear rubi owners say "I wish I got a Sport." It usually arises when (a) somebody learns they never wheel anyway, (b) they wheel so much that their mod list changes Rubi stuff they paid extra for in the first place, or (c) the rubi was so close to the top of their budget that they hate having no extra money to play with for discretionary mods.

If none of that sounds like you, then you'll almost surely never regret a rubi.

That said, it's highly unlikely you actually "need" one. Like the Porsche analogy--I don't need the top level turbo to go to a local track and have a great time. In fact, I'm not even skilled enough to test the limits of an "average" Porsche, so the extra goodies would be lost on me anyhow.
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I see what you are stating here. Thanks for your recommendations!
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I see what you are stating here. Thanks for your recommendations!
Oh, and another thought--I see in your original post you're looking to go to 35s. While this would be okay with a Sport (especially if you pay the extra $100 or whatever for the upgraded 3.73 gearing), the best gears for 35s on a 2012 are going to be 4.10s. Those are available from the factory only on the rubicon. Aftermarket, that's a $1200 to $2000 change.
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So it sounds like jeeping with 35s and solid armor/protection on a Sport will be just fine. I've seen it many times and with many owners pics, just needed the confirmation..

Thanks!
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Coming from a Rubi owner, it doesn't sound like you need it, or should pay the exta $$$$ for it. your list of mods will more than make up for the disco's and lockers that you would get with the Rubi. We have it, because we did not want to do the extensive mods you are referring to above, and with 2 kids and another jeep in the garage, this will not be our rock crawler, however, we will be doing back country camping in the rockies, and we paid for the just in case.

Save your budget, get the sport or the Sahara and put your money into your extras.

then - enjoy your new toy with your closest off-roading friends

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