If you remember I recently was trying to decide if I should get a 2012 Sport or a 2011 Rubicon. Luckily I was able to swing the 2012 Rubicon so no worries!
Not a lot of local inventory to select from and didn't want to wait for an order, would have probably chose a different color but with the black contrast I think it looks really good.
As soon as we get funds from our previous vehicle we will be bringing her over to Northridge 4x4 (Just 30 minutes from me) to have them get the first set of mods done (2.5" lift, 1" wheel spacers, ACE rock rails, bumper, winch, any recommended skid plates, replace stock bolts, etc.)
Sticking with stock wheels and tires for now, just going to have them plati-dipped for a better look.
BTW I am really jealous you are that close to Northridge 4x4
I know, I actually had a chance to talk to them a couple of weeks ago at the Puyallup Fair 4x4 Swap Meet right down from my house. Very helpful people with a ton of great product. Lucky that I can have them do the work as well.
I'm considering a similar purchase, how did you decide on the Rubicon?
How is it in the snow on pavement?
I have only had it for 3 days but drives great on pavement (Daily driver 20 minutes each way to work). It's great in the snow, this was a forest service road so it was a bit narrow for comfort (New paint and all). It's been a windy winter so there are a lot of downed trees just trying to reach out and scratch things up. Executed a perfect 15 point turn as I was not about to get too close to the edge on my first day
This is our fist Jeep. I decided on the Rubicon because I think it comes equipped as strongly as we will need. A lot of people recommend going with a sport and then replacing everything to build it out to where they want it but for me I was more comfortable buying the Rubicon knowing I would not need to replace axles, gear ratios, transfer case, etc., etc.
By the time we optioned a SportS to where we wanted it we would have been around $32.5k MSRP and a the equivalent Rubicon (Auto, hard top, connectivity) is about $37k MSRP. We for sure would have wanted new tires at least if we went with the Sport so in the end we were looking at a difference of maybe $3,500 like for like and got the Rubicon features (DANA44 axles, better transfer case, 4.10 gear ratio, lockers, elec. sway bar disconnect, better suspension, better tires)
We also wanted some of the options that are not offered on the sport, upgraded radio (wanted the 430 but love the 730), heated seats, etc.
I expect to replace the stock wheels and tires when they wear out with 33s but I think with the new engine and 4.1 gear ratio we would be fine even if we went to 35s.