Originally Posted by SgtVein
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.