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Old 08-06-2014, 11:23 PM   #1
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2005 Rubicon vs 2004 LJ????

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.

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Old 08-06-2014, 11:26 PM   #2
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Would I be getting any real significant/useful upgrades in the rubi hardware?
If you aren't sure, better go with the LJ...

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Old 08-07-2014, 12:19 AM   #3
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Both have Dana44 rear-ends

Both have 4.0

LJ has more room.


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Old 08-07-2014, 12:27 AM   #4
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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.
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Old 08-07-2014, 01:22 AM   #5
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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.
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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.
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Old 08-07-2014, 02:04 AM   #7
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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!
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Old 08-07-2014, 02:40 AM   #8
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nothing beats the short wheel base TJ Rubicon, it still is the best Wrangler ever made, and the re-sale values really hold up well.
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nothing beats the short wheel base TJ Rubicon, it still is the best Wrangler ever made, and the re-sale values really hold up well.
Are you implying that the LJ doesnt hold value very well? Ive seen short wheel base TJs have trouble climbing an obstacle that a longer wheelbase jeep walked over. Each has their place.
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Old 08-07-2014, 05:48 AM   #10
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Are you implying that the LJ doesnt hold value very well? Ive seen short wheel base TJs have trouble climbing an obstacle that a longer wheelbase jeep walked over. Each has their place.
What he said.
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Old 08-07-2014, 08:12 AM   #11
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Thanks very much all for the input. Gonna go check out the LJ on my way in to work today. Will see what happens.
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nothing beats the short wheel base TJ Rubicon, it still is the best Wrangler ever made, and the re-sale values really hold up well.
IMHO, the LWB TJ Jeep (LJ) is far superior to the SWB in basically every way. I've put 110k miles on mine since I bought it new.

It rides better on the road, it has better manners in bad weather, off-road it climbs mountains like a goat (see avatar). Best of all, I can actually carry gear AND friends.
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:09 AM   #14
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If you get the TJ, you'll eventually wish you had more cargo space.
If you get the LJ, you'll never wish you had less cargo space.

Seven years into it, still love my LJ.
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:19 AM   #15
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locker or longer wheel base.....

i love me some LJs but im cheap and cant afford to do my own lockers .. RUBI
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Old 08-07-2014, 10:04 AM   #16
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Rubi, has all you'll need. 44's Front and rear, lockers.
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Old 08-07-2014, 11:56 AM   #17
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So even at 135K the rubi is still a good deal? How much are lockers?
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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
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Old 08-07-2014, 12:33 PM   #19
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yea its really dependent on your locker of choice
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Old 08-07-2014, 12:33 PM   #20
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I've always wanted an LJ...I still do...If you're comparing the two I'd go LJ.
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I would go with the LJ... lower miles.. more room to carry people and stuff. will go 90% of the places the rubicon will as they sit right now.
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Old 08-07-2014, 12:55 PM   #22
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Think I'm sold on the LJ. Need to go check it out ASAP!
Thanks all.
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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!!
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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
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I wish I could take a bunch of girls to the beach, but with a 2 year old, 4 year old and wife that might be tough.... But at least I might get a look from some chicks... Ha
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Old 08-07-2014, 04:47 PM   #26
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Tough choice, but imo if you don't mind the look of the LJ go for the extra room. You can always put the lockers in.

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