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Old 02-13-2014, 09:31 PM   #1
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Will a Rubicon do?

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I had a 1995 Wrangler that i bought in 1996. Kept it about 6 years and sold it to a cousin. I have been having the itch to get a Jeep again for several years and it's time to pull the trigger.

This would not be a daily driver, but it may make some long trips. I intend to do light off-roading in the North Georgia mountains - rutted mountain trails, fording streams, etc. I will not be rock crawling in Moab (at least I don't think so).

Here is my quandary. There is a Rubicon on a local lot that I have my eye on. With it, I could start trail riding immediately and make some upgrades over time. My other thought is to buy a stock, base model Sport, then upgrade it. But that may mean putting off the trails for a while.

So, will a Rubicon do the trick? Or do I go stock and upgrade?

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Rubicon is the best you can get for offroading. How old is the one on the lot? If it's a 2012 or newer you'll have the newer 3.6 engine.

If you get a new one you'll have the warranty and can build it to your liking.

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Stock Sport is completely capable off-road. From the kinds of trails you're talking about, it sounds like you wouldn't need all the options on a Rubicon.

With that being said, if YOU like the Rubicon and you can afford it, you should get it. Lots of guys who 'settle' for a Sport wind up with buyers remorse and wind up trading it in sooner to upgrade to a Rubicon.

If you can only afford a Sport and don't have your heart set on a Rubi, I'd say go for the Sport.

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sounds like what you're planning either one will do... if you get the sport you may want to get disconnects if the trails have big and deep ruts and you might want a better off road tire then what a Sport has.. stream crossings... ?? I haven't done to many at least very deep ones that is...
what year is the Rubi and are you looking at a 2DR or 4DR
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Need more info on what you're looking to do. A sport with new tires is probably going to suit you just fine
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Depends on budget and years? Both brand new? budget not a concern? I was in the same boat and went for the base sport and saved over $10,000 over a base Rubicon, that's more than enough to do some quick mods right away
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If a Rubicon is in your budget get it. Top of the line in the factory jeep world and I dont believe you will go wrong with it. I would recommend as many factory optios that is in your budget. That way you can concentrate on the mods to make your rig unique to you.
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Please tell us what year Rubi is sitting there that might make a difference.
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The Rubicon is a 2014. If I get a Sport, it would be a '13 or '14. With the Rubicon, I would probably not make major upgrades (tires, wheels, lift) until the first set of tires show a lot of wear. I can get a lot of fun out of it by then. With a Sport, I'm going to want to start that immediately.

I'm not into immediate gratification, but I don't want to have grass grow under the Jeep either.
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If it is a 2014 then it is a slam dunk in my opinion. Buy the Rubicon. It will easily handle all the trail stuff you are talking about right off the lot. I have owned a Sahara JK, Sport X JK, 2010 Rubicon JKU (manual 6 speed) and now a 2014 Rubicon X JKU (auto 5 speed). This 2014 is something else with the 3.6 Pentastar engine.
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The Rubicon is a 2014. If I get a Sport, it would be a '13 or '14. With the Rubicon, I would probably not make major upgrades (tires, wheels, lift) until the first set of tires show a lot of wear. I can get a lot of fun out of it by then. With a Sport, I'm going to want to start that immediately.

I'm not into immediate gratification, but I don't want to have grass grow under the Jeep either.
I offroad in the North GA mountains and it depends which trails you want to do. If you want to do Tray, Persimmion, and Bell, you would be fine with a stock sport until you start making upgrades. If you want to go do Beasley Knob...Get the rubicon. Stock is not going to cut it on those trails.
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If it is a 2014 then it is a slam dunk in my opinion. Buy the Rubicon. It will easily handle all the trail stuff you are talking about right off the lot. I have owned a Sahara JK, Sport X JK, 2010 Rubicon JKU (manual 6 speed) and now a 2014 Rubicon X JKU (auto 5 speed). This 2014 is something else with the 3.6 Pentastar engine.
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The Rubicon is obviously the more capable Jeep, if you don't mind spending the extra up front go for the Rubicon
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Rubicon. Even if you don't like it or use it the resale value alone is worth the extra cash.

FYI, I started with a 2012 Sahara recently traded it on a 2014 JKUR-X
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andysvette1, I agree with you. I've seen that happen a lot. TOTL or near TOTL seem to hold more value.

Out of curiosity, besides the center console/display, is there a lot of difference between the '13 and the '14? Engine, drivetrain, suspension seem to be the same (or at least have the same options). There may be other minor differences, but the basics are the same?
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You rarely hear people complaining that they should have gotten a sport over the Rubicon.
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Old 02-14-2014, 08:36 AM   #19
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A stock base Sport with some new wheels/tires or a stock Sport S is a very capable vehicle as is. Some of my best dirt road exploring was in a '02 Isuzu Rodeo Sport, bone stock, open diffs. Have also spent a bunch of time in a stock '99 Toyota Tacoma and never got close to stuck or couldn't get places I wanted to go. Can't get everywhere for sure, but I got lots of places

If your budget covers it you can't go wrong with a Rubicon. Or buy a Sport and spend the rest of your budget on gas so you can get out there and go explore.
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Just to give everyone an update, over the last 2 days, I have driven 3 Wranglers. The Rubicon I had mentioned, an Unlimited, and a 2 door Sport. All of them had a great ride compared to my '95.

It turns out that the Rubicon was a '13. So there was a discount on it that was tempting. But there were some things about it I would have done differently - color, options, etc. So, long story short, I ordered a Rubicon today with exactly what I wanted. I keep vehicles a long time and there is no need to compromise.

I'll start a build thread as soon as I get it.
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Nice. I just traded my 2-door Rubicon (had it just under 2 years) and picked up a 4-door Rubicon. Nice having the electronic swaybar disconnects and the e-lockers. Also nice having the Dana 44s, for the kind of wheeling I do. Have fun!
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You will be a happy man! I still have my 95 yj Sahara and there is a world of difference between it and my 2013 JKU 10 A. I like my 95 to cruise around the town but when you want to go somewhere there is nothing like new technology.
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Get the Rubicon. More capable out of the box. Electronic disconnect so you don't have to deal with that in the weather or with muddy components. Lockers, Dana 44 axles= more gear choices down the road, skids included, rock rails off the lot. These are all things you see people paying for sometime down the road of ownership so why not get the factory warranty for them.

Now if you really want to get a discussion started bring up if an AUTO or MANUAL is better off road. You will have pages to sift through then.

BTW-Auto is better. ;-P Have yet to see one stall on an obstacle or mud pit.
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I have a '12 JKUR and love it - but I take it to Moab. The 4:1 transfer case is great for that. You may not want that low of range for GA mountains, I don't know - I am thinking the non-Rubi t-cases are 2:1 or 3:1. Just something to consider that no one has touched on. You would certainly love all the other Rubi upgrades!
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Congrats on the order, JKSeeker. Hope it's a good one for you.
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So, I have my fire proof underwear on. May as well start this now. After all of the reading, and based on my personal preference. I went for.....manual.

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So, I have my fire proof underwear on. May as well start this now. After all of the reading, and based on my personal preference. I went for.....manual.
At least you got the Rubicon. I think it was the best choice since you've owned a jeep before.
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So, I have my fire proof underwear on. May as well start this now. After all of the reading, and based on my personal preference. I went for.....manual.

PERFECT choice!!
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We have two Rubi manuals, a 12 and a 13. Great out of the box, but some of us can always find something else to do/add
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So, I have my fire proof underwear on. May as well start this now. After all of the reading, and based on my personal preference. I went for.....manual.
You chose wisely! :grin:

Truly, either is just fine. I've had a year driving a auto/3.21 and it works well.

Though for me, it had to be a manual. But then autos suck all the fun out of driving for me.

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