Thanks for helping me understand locking hubs. I don't own a jeep yet. I'm asking questions so I understand what to look for when I make my purchase.
To start off, yes, I have ran through the many pages that a search of this forum provides. Most folks debate the aftermarket items, welding, etc...
Looking at the specs online for a 2003 Wrangler Sport, SE, or X, etc... they all say automatic locking hubs. If that's really what it means, then why does the Rubicon (the higher end model) come with ARB (Air locking hubs)?
Looking online, I see I can buy a ARB kit for a jeep that is not a Rubicon. I *think* I'd rather spend the $800 for the kit than an extra 2k on the purchase of a Rubicon, plus I have more selection. Are these parts easy to install? I have a fair amount of mechanical knowledge, but not with 4WD.
I'm not interested in rock climbing. I live in MD, so it's either snow or mud. Love to get out there with the gang that hits the parks out in western MD, but that's a different story.
Thanks for any help you can provide.