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Old 11-01-2012, 02:32 PM   #1
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Jeep noob looking for advice

Hey all,
I intend to purchase my first Jeep sometime within the next year. I'm trying to do as much research as I can prior to deciding on what to buy. I'm probably going to buy used and have read that the 03-06 Rubicons are the best overall purchase of you intend to off road, which I do and will. Understanding that I may be opening up a can of worms here, any advice would be helpful. It will be my daily driver and will be used for occasional trail rides and mountain climbing during my trips to the Rocky Mountains. Were the newer jeeps just not made as well or as solid? Does the Rubicon make that big of a difference? I rented a Rubicon in Colorado once and was very impressed during the climbs up and down the mountain. Thank u in advance for ur opinions!

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Old 11-01-2012, 02:38 PM   #2
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Howdy Sarge! And welcome to the Forum!

I would say the biggest thing is to get a "stock Jeep". Don't want to buy one already lifted. If they lifter her, they probably wheeler her. Who kknow how much abuse she may have had.

That is about all I can offer right now. Leaving work in 5 minutes and no power in my casa. Thanks Sandy!

Once again, Welcome!

And good luck pal.

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Old 11-01-2012, 04:31 PM   #3
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Thanks for the welcome... And damn sorry to hear u got affected by Sandy. My prayers to out to you! Thanks for the advice as well. I've considered that option, but am certainly leaning toward stock
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:53 PM   #4
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I have a 2006 Unlimited Rubicon and LOVE it. Bought mine stock with 62k miles auto trans for $16k. Mods are still in process and is a joy to drive. Welcome to the forum sir. I would highly recommend the rubicon and if you want the extra space go for the unlimited. Make sure you keep us posted on what you get. Oh and here's a pic of my money pit. Wife loves it too. Best of luck to you!!
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:07 PM   #5
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If you are planning to wheel, I would deffinitely look for a Rubi....wish I had done the research first. They already have the D44 axles and will save you big bucks on retro-fitting. Pay a little more up front and save yourself major on the back end.
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:09 PM   #6
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Hey all,
I intend to purchase my first Jeep sometime within the next year. I'm trying to do as much research as I can prior to deciding on what to buy. I'm probably going to buy used and have read that the 03-06 Rubicons are the best overall purchase of you intend to off road, which I do and will. Understanding that I may be opening up a can of worms here, any advice would be helpful. It will be my daily driver and will be used for occasional trail rides and mountain climbing during my trips to the Rocky Mountains. Were the newer jeeps just not made as well or as solid? Does the Rubicon make that big of a difference? I rented a Rubicon in Colorado once and was very impressed during the climbs up and down the mountain. Thank u in advance for ur opinions!
The "Rubicon" makes an enormous difference. Rubicons come stock with front and rear selectable lockers, 4.10 gearing, a 4:1 transfer case, and front and rear Dana 44 axles. If you plan on wheeling it on some difficult trails right away, the Rubicon affords you the ability to do so with minimal modifications. My 04' Rubicon has an OME 2 1/2" lift on 32" tires. I also added an oil pan skid, steering box skid, and replaced the factory rocker guards with 1/4" plate rocker guards with a rail. In the past six months, I've taken it through the Rubicon and the toughest trails in Big Bear (John Bull, Dishpan Springs, and Holcomb Creek). I made it through all of them with little more than a few skid and rocker guard scrapes. I live my Rubicon.
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:31 PM   #7
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Great info! I do believe that I'm sold on the Rubicon! Thank you for the your opinions!

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