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Old 01-03-2013, 01:06 PM   #1
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Will 2011 Jeep Unlimited Rubicon parts fit a 2013 Jeep Unlimited Sahara?

This may be a stupid question from the new guy, but Will 2011 Jeep Unlimited Rubicon parts fit a 2013 Jeep Unlimited Sahara? I have a coworker who immediately modded his 2011 JKU Rubicon and then sold it, only to not sell the Rubicon suspension and soft top aslo never used. I have a 2013 JKU Sahara (hard top only) that is my daily driver and would like better suspension (would have bought the Rubicon probably if I would have researched it more could have afforded it) and 33's instead of 35s as an economical compromise and because I drive 40 miles per day on the highway but can't afford to get the tires or lift any time soon and want to wear these tires out first.

So would the Rubicon suspension and the soft top fit my Sahara? It would be a temporary compromise for the next 3 years until I could afford more.

What sort of offer should I make?


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Old 01-03-2013, 01:09 PM   #2
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Yes it will fit, I'm not sure what a good offer would be though. Hopefully someone else can chime in.


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Old 01-03-2013, 01:32 PM   #3
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Soft tops go for around $500. Make sure you have all the brackets (2 boxes) plus the top plus the 2 roll bar brackets (those are usually stuck on the owners jeep and about $60/pair)

Springs and shocks go for around $150 - $200 total.
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:39 PM   #4
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for 180 you can get a budget lift kit.
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Old 01-03-2013, 04:55 PM   #5
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The top will be fine, just make sure it is complete as mentioned above.

The only difference between the Sahara and Rubicon suspensions is shocks with different valving, painted red. Otherwise, they are the same

The springs may be different spring rates depending on the options the vehicle came with, but you'll have to check the part numbers on both vehicles. The important numbers are the last two. There's no real advantage to swapping the springs unless you get at least a 2-3 number difference in the part numbers. The higher the number, the stiffer the spring. For example, switching from a 16 to a 19 for the front would provide a slightly stiffer spring and maybe a little more height, .5 - 1 inch. Switching from a 59 to a 60 rear spring wouldn't be worth the hassle.

You'd be much better off spending the money on aftermarket suspension parts.

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Old 01-03-2013, 07:07 PM   #6
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Got it. Thanks all for the info! Hopefully he's got all of the parts but if a hard top fits over the soft top hardware then he probably sold them with the Jeep. He's going to check to see what he has. $400 though so not too bad.

I think I'll just wait and save up for a lift kit.

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