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Old 02-23-2008, 01:20 PM   #1
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How do you like your Rubi?

I have an 02' TJ with a Dana 44 in the rear and open diffs. I love my Jeep but I am still thinking about replacing it with an unlimited Rubicon. Does anyone have any complaints on the rubi's?

I read consumerinfo.org's rating on 04 and newer models and they are reporting more mechanical issues....What's the deal with that?

Also, how do you like your front and rear lockers? Do you feel it's better than an aftermarket locker?
I bought my 02 for $11,000....just wondering if the 04 rubi I'm looking at is worth the extra 6 grand?

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Old 02-23-2008, 01:55 PM   #3
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I have a rubiclone, but I have yet to get to try it out!!
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Old 02-23-2008, 02:09 PM   #4
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I have an 02' TJ with a Dana 44 in the rear and open diffs. I love my Jeep but I am still thinking about replacing it with an unlimited Rubicon. Does anyone have any complaints on the rubi's?

I read consumerinfo.org's rating on 04 and newer models and they are reporting more mechanical issues....What's the deal with that?

Also, how do you like your front and rear lockers? Do you feel it's better than an aftermarket locker?
I bought my 02 for $11,000....just wondering if the 04 rubi I'm looking at is worth the extra 6 grand?
They changed the locker manufacturer in the later model Rubicons (I think 2004, but may have been 2005) and have had more issues than the '03s, but still not a ton, except for the guys running big tires on the rocks with heavy right feet.

Depending on the tire size that you are looking at running in the long run, you will have at least $6K worth of extra parts with the Rubicon purchase (axles with selectable lockers and disc brakes in the rear, 4:1 transfer case with a heavier chain inside). If you price all that stuff out separately, you will have more than $6K there (if you are buying new, not junkyard stuff and building it yourself) in just parts, not to mention the labor and headache to install other stuff. Good luck with the purchase (or not).
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Old 02-23-2008, 03:08 PM   #5
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Love it ! Had a minor warranty repair when it had less than 5k and since then nothing but normal maintenance. It now has 110k and I'm still adding toys. Presently 4:88 gears. I have had no issues with the lockers. They have always worked flawlessly.
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The best you can get, for a stock jeep. You will never regret owning a Rubicon.
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Old 02-23-2008, 05:00 PM   #7
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By far my best decision in buying a Jeep. This (06 Rubi) is my 3'rd Jeep and my favorite Jeep. I have also driven an 07 and 08 Rubi. Each time I was glad I got the last of the TJ's instead of waiting for a new one.
TJ Rubicon is the Best stock Jeep ever.

The ONLY regret I have is not searching longer to find an Unlimited Rubi. But I really wanted to get in on the miles of freedom plan and couldn't find an unlimited with the options and color I wanted.

55K miles on mine and the only time it has been in for service was a broken seat belt latch.
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Mines had a good bit more issues than my 97, was in and out of the dealer for awhile getting everything straight. Seems to be ok now, minus the annoying throw out bearing issues on the 6 spd.

I will say though, I LOVE my rubi compared to my 97. 33s really make them much more streetable though
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the best things about the rubicon are the 4:1, and d44's front and rear and the lockers. You'll still want to be replacing the gears, axle shafts and axle ujoints to 5.13s, chromo and ctm or yukon superjoints.

the lockers arent the strongest in the world. Mine are still going strong after 4 yrs of hard 4 wheeling... but I have two friends with rubicons whove broken their rear rubicon lockers. Has to do with the weak helical gears or something like that. but no problems at all in mine (knock on wood).

I'd say its definately worth it to get the rubicon. Unless you can find a 4:1, D44s, and lockers for less than the difference ($6k?)... call Joe at Absolute Offroad in Phx. He just finished helping Fatbob install a 4:1 in his non-rubicon. Joe also installed many rubicon d44's in other jeeps (but with detroit lockers I think and with 5.89 gears). He offers financing too He could answer any questions you have if thats the route you wanted to take.
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Old 02-23-2008, 09:50 PM   #10
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oh, I forgot to mention... my 2004 rubicon has been the most reliable vehicle I've owned. I don't know whats up with the consumer reports thing you read about lots of mechanical problems. Regular routine maintenance helps, I've got mine in my garage every week changing fluids and other basic stuff. I've had the TOB go out at about 85k miles but thats normal wear and tear I think. I'm at over 90k miles right now. I plan to buy another rubicon as my 2nd vehicle. Unlimited would be a good choice. Its the perfect wheelbase (104"?)
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I've got mine in my garage every week changing fluids and other basic stuff.
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sorry, I didn't mean I'm actually changing my jeeps fluids every weekend. I mean I'm checking everything I can (including fluid levels, lube the ujoints, etc and just basic routine maintenance)... I go wheeling every weekend and need to check everything over before and after I go on a trail run.

even if I can't get out on trail runs each weekend I check everything at least everyother weekend.
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sorry, I didn't mean I'm actually changing my jeeps fluids every weekend. I mean I'm checking everything I can (including fluid levels, lube the ujoints, etc and just basic routine maintenance)... I go wheeling every weekend and need to check everything over before and after I go on a trail run.

even if I can't get out on trail runs each weekend I check everything at least everyother weekend.
AKA Likes to tinker in the garage on weekends with his Rubi

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