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Old 10-30-2013, 12:03 PM   #1
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Rubi takeoffs

I see a lot of threads on here where folks are planning on putting new tires on their Sports/Saharas, maybe going to a full-on MT or a Duratrac. For most folks this works out great. However, if you are on the fence about this, please consider getting some Rubi takeoffs on craigslist. Slap them on your Sport/Sahara, go wheeling. That simple. No lift, no backspacing questions, no leveling, just ... go.

You may find that your driving habits/expectations mean that running a tire that aggressive isn't right for you. Or you may find that you have a ton of fun wheeling and you're downright shocked by how much more offroad traction you have with a real MT.

I just feel like folks have a tendency to dive in feet first without trying out a lower-cost option first. Chances are if you keep an eye on craigslist you will get a screaming deal on a set of brand-new Rubi takeoffs and go have a ton of fun.

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Old 10-30-2013, 12:15 PM   #2
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I agree, but I have been looking for months for a set of rubi takeoffs where I live and haven't seen any yet.

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I agree, but I have been looking for months for a set of rubi takeoffs where I live and haven't seen any yet.
Same. But I'm also looking for the new style. And not looking to pay 1800$
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:19 PM   #4
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Huh. I've seen lots of nearly-new takeoffs on craigslist for fairly cheap. I guess I never followed through and bought them so they could be harder to come by than I realized.
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:33 PM   #5
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$1500 shipped from tires galore in Michigan.
I know it's a bit higher than you can get on Craigslist but I didn't want to sit and wait for some. Around here they are 1200-1400$ anyway. These are brand new shipped to the doorstep for $1499. Found these guys on Ebay if anyone is interested. I just called and payed with a credit card, had them the next day.
Makes it look so much better IMO.
I did get "off-road" the day after I put them on and noticed tons of rocks in the treads that slug out for the next couple of days.
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:35 PM   #6
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Looks good, that is a little pricey though.
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:37 PM   #7
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$1500 shipped from tires galore in Michigan.
I know it's a bit higher than you can get on Craigslist but I didn't want to sit and wait for some. Around here they are 1200-1400$ anyway. These are brand new shipped to the doorstep for $1499. Found these guys on Ebay if anyone is interested. I just called and payed with a credit card, had them the next day.
Makes it look so much better IMO.
I did get "off-road" the day after I put them on and noticed tons of rocks in the treads that slug out for the next couple of days.
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Thanks for the info. Bet they'd probably swap the tires for Duratrac's or something, too. I'm going to check.
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:47 PM   #8
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Yeah it's a good way to get a good set of wheels tires on the cheap... I'll be dumping my X wheels/tires when it comes in and I'm sure someone with a sport/sahara will pick them up.
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I am the odd man as I really like how the 13-14 rubi rims look but don't like the huge backspacing that jeeps have stock. I kept my rims and went with 1.5" spidertrax spacers and like the look know. I did also sell my stock tires with 128 miles on them for $650 which I thought was cheap but I knew I wanted Toyo Open Country tires.

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I sold my silver wheels and bought some all black rubi's or Moab as they were listed and put on 2857017 Coopers AT3's
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Old 10-30-2013, 01:50 PM   #12
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I may have to go this route. I've been told the Duratrac's that I want will be at least two months possibly more as they are on backorder.
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Old 10-30-2013, 02:06 PM   #13
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These are nice tires all 5 for $998.32 and then a $80 dollar rebate nice ride and quiet.
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Old 10-30-2013, 03:36 PM   #14
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Around $1000 seems to be a fair price for a full set. I got my Rubi wheels for $200, Tires for $650 and new TPMS for $80. After mounts and balance, I have just under $1000 into all of it.


Had I known i'd be spending that much overall, I would have just spent the $1000 on a full set and been done with it.
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I would rather have a good set of all terrain tires on sport wheels than stock Rubicon take off wheels and tires, too many downsides to MTs such as fast tread wear, noisy, hard riding, poor traction on pavement when wet or snowy.
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i did mine because the stock 16's on the sport are way too small. After pricing tires and everything, a set of takeoffs was the best option for the $ imho.
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I would rather have a good set of all terrain tires on sport wheels than stock Rubicon take off wheels and tires, too many downsides to MTs such as fast tread wear, noisy, hard riding, poor traction on pavement when wet or snowy.
Better to figure that out with a cheap set of Rubi takeoffs rather than a whole new set of wheels and tires.

Rubi tires are perfect summer tires for someone who likes to do moderate offroading, IMHO. I wouldn't run them in the winter in an area that gets much snow or ice. I got about 40k out of my first set (on a 1/2 ton pickup), seems reasonable enough.

I will probably step up to the STT or MTR when I am done with my current Rubi tires. The first time I tried them (on the pickup) I was absolutely shocked at how much more grip I had and how well they stood up to abuse.
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Old 10-30-2013, 05:42 PM   #18
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i plan to sell mine as soon as i can get the lift tires i want. Figure to sell around $1000 for everything
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Old 10-30-2013, 06:06 PM   #19
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I sold my tires for $1000. Was hoping for $1200
But it's hard to get more then $1k.

I also bought a OEM soft top for
$800. There our there you just have to keep looking.
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After I got mine I started looking at various rims, but nothing jumped out at me. Then I saw the 10a wheels and thought that is what I wanted, but many seemed to think these were made of gold and wanted an arm and a leg. I didn't want the tires either. Finally picked up a barely used set for $450 Now I'm tire shopping, but being a tight wad I want to get as much as I can out of the tires on my current setup before ditching them and the Sahara 18" rims. Half the fun is the dreaming and shopping I figure.
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Old 10-30-2013, 11:24 PM   #21
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I too bought 2014 rubi take offs from tires galore on eBay. $1400, delivered in new condition included the TPMS. Considering the tires alone are probably $1200, I'm happy. Mounted with 1.5" Spidertrax spacers on my 2014 JWUS in Crystal Granite. Looks great.
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Old 10-31-2013, 12:14 PM   #22
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I wouldn't run them in the winter in an area that gets much snow or ice. I got about 40k out of my first set (on a 1/2 ton pickup), seems reasonable enough.
Nothing is great on ice except for a dedicated winter tire but we ran the stock KM's on our last JKUR through 3 winters with not a single complaint.

Rain on the other hand...they kinda suck.
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Nothing is great on ice except for a dedicated winter tire but we ran the stock KM's on our last JKUR through 3 winters with not a single complaint.

Rain on the other hand...they kinda suck.
Fair enough, but my AT KO's do much better on ice than my KM's. Not "good" by any means, but better. In the same way that a Caprice is probably better off road than a Taurus.
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I would rather have a good set of all terrain tires on sport wheels than stock Rubicon take off wheels and tires, too many downsides to MTs such as fast tread wear, noisy, hard riding, poor traction on pavement when wet or snowy.
BF Goodrich KM's wear like iron.
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Fair enough, but my AT KO's do much better on ice than my KM's. Not "good" by any means, but better. In the same way that a Caprice is probably better off road than a Taurus.
lol

I'd probably rather have the KO's on this rig. The AT would be more appropriate for our use.
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I'd probably rather have the KO's on this rig. The AT would be more appropriate for our use.
Yeah I tried siping my KM's to improve the rain performance, but it seems like now I get way more flats. Rocks and nails have a habit of making it through those sipes.
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Yeah I tried siping my KM's to improve the rain performance, but it seems like now I get way more flats. Rocks and nails have a habit of making it through those sipes.
Hmmm...thanks for that tip. Was going to do it on the last one and ended up ordering and turning in early before I got around to it. Have heard good results with it though (have siped tires on lots of previous vehicles including DD year 'round Fox Mustang w/ 4.56 gears)
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Hmmm...thanks for that tip. Was going to do it on the last one and ended up ordering and turning in early before I got around to it. Have heard good results with it though (have siped tires on lots of previous vehicles including DD year 'round Fox Mustang w/ 4.56 gears)
Don't get me wrong, siped MT's are a lot safer in the rain, snow, and ice than a flat-ass hockey puck! I've decided from now on to run unsiped MT's in the summer and all-terrains in the winter.

I really, really, really hate flat tires. Especially off-road. I spent a good 30 minutes laying on the ground trying to jam my tire rasp into one of my KM's a few weeks ago because I got a screw puncture through one of my sipes. In retrospect I probably would have been better off taking the tire off of my Jeep so I could put my weight into it.
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I bought 2013 Rubi wheels/TPMS/MT's for $800. I then promptly sold my Sahara wheels/TPMS/AT's for $1000. I got extremely lucky and wound up with $200 extra. I doubt that will happen again. The MT's work fine for me and I'll probably pick up another set of "used" MT's from another Jeep owner in a few years when mine wear out. I've never had any of the horror story issues with BFG MT's blasting me off the road in the rain or turning into rock hard frictionless hockey pucks in the winter. Guess I'm lucky or not paying attention.
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I've never had any of the horror story issues with BFG MT's blasting me off the road in the rain or turning into rock hard frictionless hockey pucks in the winter. Guess I'm lucky or not paying attention.
We've only had trouble in quick maneuver situations but it was obivous enough to notice the SR-As on our first sport wouldn't have had the same trouble.

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