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Old 09-01-2010, 01:58 PM   #1
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Hi All,
First off this is a great forum and I've learned alot from just reading about all your experiences and opinions! Just a quick question for you all: I plan on purchasing a 4door JK soon, then putting a 2.5 lift and 33" tires (Along with new shocks.) I am wondering though, is it worth spending the extra $ to buy a Rubicon as opposed to a Sport, if I don't plan on doing any real heavy duty off roading? (Some trips to the beach and driving in the snow would be about it--No real rock crawling etc...) I am coming from a Z71 Tahoe and did find the G80 Locker to be helpful, will I miss not having a locking rear if I don't go for the Rubi? (I wish that was an A La Carte option...) What do you think?

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Old 09-01-2010, 02:03 PM   #2
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a sport model would do you just fine in your conditions. i think you can get the LSD as an added option no matter what the package... but not sure there.

if you buy a rubicon call me in about 5 years and ill buy it off of you (gently used )

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Old 09-01-2010, 02:21 PM   #3
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The sport has BLDs, brake lock differentials, that work very well in 95% of traditional situations where lockers would've been needed.

The OE LSD is a weak and sad unit and not worth the money.
Gone camping,

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Old 09-01-2010, 02:37 PM   #4
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I traded my wife's Silverado, Z71 on 35's, for a '10 base model sport, and the JK on the street R16's outperforms it hands down.

If you're planning on a lift anyway, then the extra for the rubicon wouldn't really benefit you all that much, and lockers can be added on later.

You can't get LSD as an option on the RHD... in fact, the ONLY options you CAN get on a RHD is the smokers group, and the oil pan heater. All other models you can get LSD. The RHD does come standard with the 3.73 gears though, so there's that at least...
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RHD... it's a jeep thing
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Old 09-01-2010, 03:34 PM   #5
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Thanks Guys!
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Old 09-01-2010, 03:37 PM   #6
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It also depends on your financial window--

You will get a much higher resale value, whether you finance it ornot !!

Having both the front and rear lockers, has helped me a lot in shale and especially snow-(deep) !!

Getting a Rubi, won't really cut down on your addiction to modifications, I've done a lot to mine-so

Beauty's in the eye !!

Good luck

"ya gotta have class"
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Old 09-01-2010, 10:25 PM   #7

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Ya, I didn't think I would want to leave pavement either. Got the 08 Sahara Unlimited. Seven months later when Chrysler bought it back from me I got the Unlimited Rubicon and have been thanking my lucky stars ever since. Having the Rubicon has been a boat load of fun. I get it dirty every chance I get which hasn't been enough lately. Sometimes it isn't until after you own one that you know what a great time wheeling it can be. Having the toys that they include on the Rubicon come in pretty handy on the trail especially the sway bar disconnect.

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Old 09-02-2010, 05:01 AM   #8
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Ya, I didn't think I would want to leave pavement either.
therein lies the rub.
An honest assessment of how you'll use it.
Gone camping,

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Old 09-02-2010, 05:05 AM   #9

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The rubicon wil have higher resale. If you have the cash in the budget get the Rubi but you really don't need it over the sport

Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.
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