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Old 08-18-2013, 03:33 PM   #31
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As per usual.. I will be the bad guy

With the option of any vehicle worldwide I would get a Toyota Prado Diesel. Put on front/rear ARB bumpers, a winch and an ARB snorkel.

If you need more offroad capability go with some mud tires, an old man emu 2" lift, ARB air lockers and put a safari rack on it.

Jeeps are awesome but if your spending 80% of your time on road and only going through water/mud the Prado is way more comfortable and will get you anywhere.
Don't feel like the bad guy. From a theoretical standpoint your suggestion would be correct. But theoretical doesn't give me a chubby; I have owned exotics and motorcycles, but the only time I have had an-ear-to-ear grin was test-driving a Jeep Wrangler (well, other than that OTHER first that we have all had).

I was practical the first 60 years of my life. Not any more.....

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Old 08-18-2013, 03:38 PM   #32
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I'd just get a Rubicon (4:1 crawl, Electronic Locking Differentials, Electronic Swaybar Disconnect, Factory Mud Terrain Tires, etc) relocate the breather tubes, install a snorkel, grab a warn winch that fits a nice set of bumpers you like (good sticky thread here).

That would be a "turn the key and go practice" type situation.
The vids were really helpful, so thanks for that.

Speaking of bumpers, The 10A used AEV fronts. Does the Rubicon X come with those same bumpers? And since I will be using a winch, am I better off getting an aluminum bumper to counteract the inevitable front "dive" during breaking, or does a lift package cure that?

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Old 08-18-2013, 04:30 PM   #33
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The vids were really helpful, so thanks for that.

Speaking of bumpers, The 10A used AEV fronts. Does the Rubicon X come with those same bumpers? And since I will be using a winch, am I better off getting an aluminum bumper to counteract the inevitable front "dive" during breaking, or does a lift package cure that?
The 10a comes with steel bumpers but not actually AEV. For South America, I'd prefer steel over aluminum. As for brake nose dive, the AEV correction brackets when paired with a lift greatly reduce/eliminate it.
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Old 09-01-2013, 02:51 PM   #34
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You all gave great comments, and I thank you for that.

The past 32 posts dealt with a JKU that I am getting. The wife and I have decided to add a JKS half-door to that order. Both Jeeps will retain the stock fenders, but they (the fenders) will be black textured powder coat.

The JK will be for just kicking around, errands, the odd creek overflows, beach, etc.: the Jeep that one of us will drive if we just need to get a loaf of bread. Is a 2.5 enough to allow me to use 35's with the stock fenders and no rubbing?

I was planning on doing a 3.5 MC lift with 35's for the JKU. MC does not offer a 2.5 for the 2-door, which is a bummer, as I had hoped to put MC with the DuroFlex arms on both Jeeps. Is it overkill to have a 3.5 on a two door for my stated usage?
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Old 09-01-2013, 03:34 PM   #35
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The JK will be for just kicking around, errands, the odd creek overflows, beach, etc.: the Jeep that one of us will drive if we just need to get a loaf of bread. Is a 2.5 enough to allow me to use 35's with the stock fenders and no rubbing?

I was planning on doing a 3.5 MC lift with 35's for the JKU.
Keep in mind the practicality with the height of lifts and the Large step up to get in/ and step down.
not sure how tall you + the wife are but ya' better have good knees

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