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Old 02-03-2013, 06:57 PM   #151
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I feel the same. I have no intention of rock crawling with my Rubicon. But I like the idea that I can if I choose to do so. In the mean time I'll use it to go hunting, fishing, kayaking and snowboarding knowing pretty much nothing is going to stop me.
You, sir, are a poser. I don't like the way you have a Rubicon and a roof rack on it. You don't rock crawl and/or crawl through Moab for weeks at a time so you don't need one.

I can't wait to put a lift, wheels and tires, and bumpers on my Rubicon, it's gonna be the awesomest Jeep in the mall parking lot!

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Old 02-03-2013, 07:29 PM   #152
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You, sir, are a poser. I don't like the way you have a Rubicon and a roof rack on it. You don't rock crawl and/or crawl through Moab for weeks at a time so you don't need one.

I can't wait to put a lift, wheels and tires, and bumpers on my Rubicon, it's gonna be the awesomest Jeep in the mall parking lot!
Rock crawling no. But we did have some high winds last week and I had to drive over a couple of branches in my driveway. Didn't even need four wheel drive. But I did cringe hearing the sticks break up under the Rubicon. Yikes!!!

The roof rack will serve as a nice snowboard carrier next week on my way to Killington. Might need to put it in 4 hi on the way there though.

I installed a winch just in case things get hairy on the way.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:44 PM   #153
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Rock crawling no. But we did have some high winds last week and I had to drive over a couple of branches in my driveway. Didn't even need four wheel drive. But I did cringe hearing the sticks break up under the Rubicon. Yikes!!!

The roof rack will serve as a nice snowboard carrier next week on my way to Killington. Might need to put it in 4 hi on the way there though.

I installed a winch just in case things get hairy on the way.
Nice A-frame! Always liked those...

I don't dare go out if the roads are wet or if there's snow on the ground. I wanna keep the undercarriage as clean as possible!

As for driving over branches, I would never subject my Rubicon to such abuse!
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:31 AM   #154
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I've been lurking here for a few weeks and am getting ready give up my Titan and to pull the trigger on my first Jeep. Up to tonight I was set on an Unlimited Rubicon, while at the dealer they tried to suggest a Sahara instead of the Rubicon and I started to doubt my decision. My wants were Billet ext, Black/Dark Saddle Cloth, Dual Top, Connectivity, Heated seats and Auto Climate. I wanted a Rubicon since they first came out, it just wasn't practical until now. Also, I don't do a whole lot of off-roading now, but I hope to get into it and try to get the kids into it also. I plan on keeping this Jeep for a long time, so down the road I would add a lift and larger tires, so the Rubicon seemed to make more sense to me.

A little background on myself and situation. I have two children 4 and 1.5. Both love riding our ATV's with me, so I'm hoping they're going to love the Jeep as much. Now, the Jeep will be my daily driver. I go 6 miles to work one way, on backroads here in PA. Down hill to work and uphill coming home. I avoid traveling the interstate when possible, I like the scenic routes more and less traffic.

The dealer was saying that since the Rubicon has lockers it will lead to more wear when using it for longer trips. Also that the ride will be worse and more overall wear and tear (tires, etc). I test drove a Rubi and I didn't notice much of a difference in the ride.

My question is for those who do use their Rubi for a daily driver, do you have any regrets for doing so? Any positives/negatives to doing so. I know ultimately it's my decision but I just wanted some more opinions from the people who actually have the Rubis (the person I was speaking to at the dealership was one of the owners who gladly showed me their Billet Sahara, so they may have been a little biased). Anyhow, thanks for helping me out and hopefully I'll be posting in the Billet Waiting room soon.
We bought our rubicon in September and love it. I don't normally drive it but my husband drives it on a normal basis to work. We don't do offloading yet but find it to be a fantastic choice. It is smooth driving and is very reliable. If you want to get a jeep, go with your gut. You won't regret it with the rubicon. The locking mechanism isn't too bad. It's helpful for driving uphill but doesn't seam to do a lot if wear and tear on the tires.
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:58 AM   #155
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I think I weighed in on this a few pages back, but I just passed 24K and I'm still thrilled as hell to drive this thing every day.
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:10 PM   #156
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Thanks again for all of the opinions and advice. Checked VOTS this morning and my Jeep moved to the Shipping stage. About a half hour later, the email from Jeep came through that it was being built. Checked the dealer's website this evening and it's listed on there too. I thought the last few weeks were hard waiting, I'm sure the next few days will be even worse.
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Old 06-21-2013, 04:12 PM   #157
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I bought a '12 jku rubicon last summer and never regretted it once. I agree, if you have a solid plan from the start and already have your mods picked out...then get the cheapest sport you like and have fun with it. I bought the rubicon because of all the nice things you get with it. It costed also as much as a fully decked out JKU sahara and the '13s just came out so i got a good deal. Regardless though wranglers are expensive to buy and drive. Gotta pay to play sometimes...

I live in chicagoland so we see the 4 seasons. I recommend the 34" duratracs with your rubi setup if you have weather like mine!

Torrential downpour, flash floods, and other crazy weather? Yup drove thru that stuff no worries.

8-12"+ of snow? Yup got it covered. The only other vehicles on the road doing okay were the salt trucks.

The in the cockpit swaybar disconnects and locker buttons are great... i mean for an all in one package its really good. I dont go hardcore offroading like my other friends do but my rubicon can meet any challenge i am not scared to do.

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[QUOTE=mroczka30;3242673]

The dealer was saying that since the Rubicon has lockers it will lead to more wear when using it for longer trips. Also that the ride will be worse and more overall wear and tear (tires, etc). I test drove a Rubi and I didn't notice much of a difference in the ride.

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The Dealer is just giving you a Snow Job as to lockers and wear, don't believe him.
You can only lock the lockers when in 4low. Driving in 2hi going down the highway, the diffs will function as opened rear ends and will not cause any additional wear.
As for the ride, well my friend has a 2012 Sahara with factory wheels and tires. Now these are two door models, but his front springs are 12s and 15 rears. My 2013 Rubicon 2 dr has 14 front springs and 17 rears. I also have the stock wheels with MT tires.
Is there a ride difference, yes, but its so minimual, that it really isn't a issue. I use mine for both daily and off road use and wouldn't want anything else.
If you really want a Rubicon, then you will never be satisfied with anything else.......
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Go Rubicon! That's what I did. The Electronic lockers is what sold me on it. I felt if I got a Sport that I would have regrests.

Been a few weeks, 0 regrets on my Rubicon!
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I look forward to driving every day in my Rubi.. go for it
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Old 06-21-2013, 05:25 PM   #161
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Rock crawling no. But we did have some high winds last week and I had to drive over a couple of branches in my driveway. Didn't even need four wheel drive. But I did cringe hearing the sticks break up under the Rubicon. Yikes!!!

The roof rack will serve as a nice snowboard carrier next week on my way to Killington. Might need to put it in 4 hi on the way there though.

I installed a winch just in case things get hairy on the way.
Be careful, look what happened to this guy's jeep after he ran over a stick!








of course i like to stir crap up... haha...
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Go Rubicon! That's what I did. The Electronic lockers is what sold me on it. I felt if I got a Sport that I would have regrests.

Been a few weeks, 0 regrets on my Rubicon!
wish i had lockers. would really help on the sand dunes. I'm probably going to get ARBs soon though.
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You can absolutely not use my Rubicon as a daily driver...




...because that is what I am using it for.
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Old 06-22-2013, 02:10 PM   #164
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You can absolutely not use my Rubicon as a daily driver...




...because that is what I am using it for.

You can't use mine either! Also, I just passed the milage point where I have doubled the odometer milage. 803 miles now. It had 401 when I baught it, because they had to drive it from another dealership to get it for me. I have officially driven my Rubicon more then anyone ealse!
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Old 06-22-2013, 03:08 PM   #165
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The Rubicon trim level just makes an already versatile vehicle more versatile! I wanted something that was comfortable to drive to work every day, that I could easily tow behind our motorhome, that my wife could drive, that can carry a kid, that would be fun to drive when out on vacation (tow it up to Colorado then go explore some trails), gave an amateur off roader the best chance of not getting stuck (f/r lockers,etc..) and wasn't a daddy day care vehicle

For meeting so many different needs, the Jeep is actually quite an impressive vehicle and the Rubicon trim just gives you a few more tools in an already full toolbox.
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Be careful, look what happened to this guy's jeep after he ran over a stick!



of course i like to stir crap up... haha...
Wow. I remember when he posted that. I had a 2007 steel blue JKU rubi. It got him in the leg i believe
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Wow. I remember when he posted that. I had a 2007 steel blue JKU rubi. It got him in the leg i believe

Tub plates! Looked like it was going straight for his gentleman's sausage.
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I could be wrong. I just remember seeing that picture and being completely shocked.
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if i could go back in time, id of thought harder on spending the extra money on getting a rubicon instead of my sport. that being said, my brother has every option you listed on his '12 and hes got around 32,000 miles and drives only highway/city and absolutely loves everything but the auto his wife talked him into. you CANNOT build a rubicon for cheaper than you can buy one new but if your interested in just light use a sahara with a good gear ratio will work just fine and those are found more common with the options you want. best of luck and welcome to the family
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Wow. I remember when he posted that. I had a 2007 steel blue JKU rubi. It got him in the leg i believe
Did he get hurt bad? It was old by the time I ever saw it.

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Tub plates! Looked like it was going straight for his gentleman's sausage.
The sausage is the first thing I saw when I saw that pic. OMG. That's what makes it such a shocker.

There's no way you could protect from entry of trees from every possible angle though. Unless you wheel in a tank.
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The sausage is the first thing I saw when I saw that pic. OMG. That's what makes it such a shocker.

There's no way you could protect from entry of trees from every possible angle though. Unless you wheel in a tank.
I will forever think twice about yelling POWWWWEEEERRRRR and flooring it over logs pointed at me. On a side note, I've put plenty of branches through ATV fenders doing that, so I had learned my lesson on less expensive toys.
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(f/r lockers,etc..)

The lockers is what sold me on it.
The tires almost shyed me away from one, until I talked to my neighbor's buddy about his Rubicon! Then I was sold on it!

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