Which one to go with??? The Rubi is a 2005 with 135K, hardtop, 6Spd.
The LJ is a 2004 with 72K, soft top, Auto. Both look OEM. Both are at dealers. The Rubi they are asking $13,800, LJ asking $14,800. Both look clean in the pics. Would I be getting any real significant/useful upgrades in the rubi hardware? Would love the extra space of the LJ...
What do you think. BTW, these would see off road day trips a couple of times a month.
__________________ '02 TJ Sport, Dana 44, 5spd, 31" GY DuraTrac's, Spiderweb Shadecage, Zone 2" BB w/Quick Discos
I like short jeeps. BUT if you want to tow more weight LJ is rated way higher. Other than that a receiver rack or trailer makes up for needing room in my standard jeep. I guess that's off road related too. I like wooded trails and a short turning radius. Just weigh what's important to you. And remember you can add a winch to anything and never need lockers although they re nicer than getting out and winching. Or add both posibilitys are endless get what you want. Make it yours with your own mods.
I will tell you the advice I received from a veteran Jeeper. If you get the LJ and want to bring it up to Rubi standards it will be some investment into equipment....if you get the Rubi and want to make it an LJ you'll have to weld another 10" in body length and 15" overall........go get the LJ. I said really??? Yes...go get the LJ. Love ours....thank God I listened to good advice. Now if were talking an LJ Rubi...don't respond...just go sit outside the dealership and wait until it opens.
It's much easier to upgrade your axles to have lockers than it is to upgrade your Jeep to be longer. I have a TJ and sometimes wish I had held out for an LJ. But I love my TJ. If I were faced with your decision, I'd probably go for the LJ.
I have a LJ Rubi and love her! I would suggest getting the LJ and upgrade as needed later or wait for a super rare LJ Rubi to go up for sale. The extra room is great, the lockers, the cruise control, compass/temp mirror, etc. the other nice thing about LJ's is they are rare and fetch higher than blue book in most cases. When I bought mine just over a year ago, I got it from a member on here. Same Jeep on eBay with higher mileage sold for almost $5k higher than what I paid. People want them. Best of luck to you!
__________________ '14 Willy's Edition Unlimited in Anvil '06 Rubi Unlimited, bone stock...for now. 3" Zone lift '94 Mitsu VR4, highly modified twin turbo '71 Stingray convertible, number matching & mint RetiredUSMilitary "I'd rather laugh with the sinners, than cry with the saints..."
Wow deland FL! I used to go down there every spring break to row on lake Beresford
I have an LJ and absolutely LOVE it! im actually getting 35s next month and was quoted a regear 1100 front and rear to 4.88. Im putting a lunchbox locker in the front and a detriot mechanical in the rear. The shop will put it in for free and the front locker is about 250 and the rear 600 so im looking right about 2,000 to regear and do auto lockers
If you don't get the LJ you will be kicking yourself in the butt the first time a group of girls asks you to go to the beach and you realize you have no room for a cooler or chairs because you have passengers in the rear. I'm 14 years into my jeep and still regret not buying a LJ when they were new!!
I know a lot of things, most of them are only correct in my own head...
Better to be judged by twelve then carried by six. I'm sure this is going to get me in trouble down the line
2000 sport, 5speed, 1-1/4 body lift, 3" zone, metal cloak front fenders, metal cloak control arms, 4.88, 35" cooper stt.
If you don't get the LJ you will be kicking yourself in the butt the first time a group of girls asks you to go to the beach and you realize you have no room for a cooler or chairs because you have passengers in the rear.
Agreed. The LJ is perfect size with just enough cargo room to be practical