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Old 07-26-2012, 05:14 PM   #1
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(LJ) 2004-6 TJ Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Info

I'm looking to get a wrangler for me and my girlfriend for offroading and summer driving this winter. I'm not a fan of the SWB of the regular wranglers, and that is why I'm looking at the unlimited version. JKs are just too much for me, and I don't want a 4 door (also they're too long). I want to get the rubicon so I don't have to mess with the axles any. I know it's dana 44s front and rear, with air lockers. I'm looking to just do a long arm lift, and front and rear bumpers.

all I'm wondering/asking for is some more information on them. for example I have rear that they have 3.73 gearing in them, and I'm just looking for other random information on them, would also love to see some pics of lifts/tires on them as well.

thanks WF people (I come from the cherokeeforum, so I'm new to Wranglers)

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Rubicon models come with 4.10 gearing. Rubicons come stock with a lower 4 to 1 transfer case and the other stuff you mentioned. Do a search on here and look at the stickies with model specific information. It'll probably help you out a lot. I have an 04 SWB Rubicon and love it. The LJ Rubicon editions are nice, but pricier and harder to find than the SWB models. Some will tell you to stay away from 05 & 06 models due to an OPDA issue...research it and form your own opinion. Good luck in your search.

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Rubicon models come with 4.10 gearing. Rubicons come stock with a lower 4 to 1 transfer case and the other stuff you mentioned. Do a search on here and look at the stickies with model specific information. It'll probably help you out a lot. I have an 04 SWB Rubicon and love it. The LJ Rubicon editions are nice, but pricier and harder to find than the SWB models. Some will tell you to stay away from 05 & 06 models due to an OPDA issue...research it and form your own opinion. Good luck in your search.
Im going to have to research this OPDA issue. But we love the LJs.
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thanks for the info miller, and that red jeep looks great, exactly what I'm looking for, but like I said I'm not looking quite yet, plus I'm all the way out here in MD. thanks for the pics though.
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05 LJ Rubicon and never even thought about worrying over the OPDA
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I'm not too worried about that. probably will just try to find the unlimited rubicon in good condition with under 100k miles. I'm not worried about color, manual or auto (prefer auto though for the gf), and hardtop softop idc, cause I'll probably be getting new stuff for that anyway.
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05 Rubi LJ here with 70k miles and love every minute of it. There is an LJ picture forum under the Photos thread I believe. Im on my tablet so cant navigate to find a link for you. Lots of good photos of lift/tire combos. Good luck!


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I have 33 x 12.5 x 15 tire/wheels with 2.5 lift

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have owned two 05 lj's and never had any issues w/ either. wouldnt buy any other wrangler.
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Old 07-26-2012, 09:57 PM   #12
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have owned two 05 lj's and never had any issues w/ either. wouldnt buy any other wrangler.
yeah, I wouldn't buy another one. otherwise I'm sticking with my XJs, I only want it for the open top, and the frame. I just hope when it comes time to buy I can get it for a good price (like an XJ in same/better condition will cost less than half the price of it...) or a good payment plan at least.


and thanks, I found the photos thread.
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Go with an 06 lj rubi. They're the best. Here's mine 33 with 3 inch and tons of other stuff

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I love my 06' LJ... even thou its not a rubi, oh well, next time!
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I bought at 06 LJ Rubi a year ago. It now has 63,000 and I couldn't be happier. The Rubicon also comes with front and rear lockers, stock.
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05 LJ.

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3" suspension lift, 33x10.50 MTs on 7" wheels
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Do it! I switched from a TJ to a LJ rubicon. Best switch ever!
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05 LJ.

After 16 years in a '71 CJ5... I love this LJ!





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whats that badge you have on your grill? I like that
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These are pre-AMC colors. AMC used a similar badge with red and blue.
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Do it! I switched from a TJ to a LJ rubicon. Best switch ever!
that's actually exactly the size lift and tires I'm looking to do, and I love the Blacked out, except I'm probably going to go soft 8s.
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Slightly different look!

I love my LJ.
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Old 07-27-2012, 07:29 PM   #22
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Love my 06 LJ Rubi. IMHO the opda issue is way overblown--it costs all of $125 or so for the part and from reports it gives ample warning with noise before failure. No issues with mine thus far but I would much rather swap an opda than do a water pump--I will just do a swap on mine every 40K or so and call it good to go.
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that's actually exactly the size lift and tires I'm looking to do, and I love the Blacked out, except I'm probably going to go soft 8s.
thanks. 2.5"SL, 1" BL, diy highline with 35s.
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thanks. 2.5"SL, 1" BL, diy highline with 35s.
thanks, the Fenders a little higher threw me off. Think I'd be getting a 4.5" LA kit from RE. I'm really hoping to get a black one, or a silver one, but I'll take whatever color I can find. (and probably get it painted....)
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The wheels will be painted black as soon as I get a chance. 05 4"lift with 33" tires. Im going to install a 1.25" body lift soon. Im thinking about getting some Poison spider defenders. Its getting 35" tires when the 33"s wear out!
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that green jeep looks exactly like one right near me.
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Sorry I'm in Louisville, KY.
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Sorry I'm in Louisville, KY.
lol, well nvm then. the front bumper even looks the same with how it loops and goes all the way up to the top of the grille.
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so does anybody have any other info? I have learned it's 4.10 gearing, front and rear lockers (any more info on them?), front and rear Dana 44s. How does the steering box handle 35" tires? also, any factory tow points for recovery? and it has skidplates right?
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so does anybody have any other info? I have learned it's 4.10 gearing, front and rear lockers (any more info on them?), front and rear Dana 44s. How does the steering box handle 35" tires? also, any factory tow points for recovery? and it has skidplates right?
The front locker stopped engaging the last offroad trip we took and after tons of research I want to upgrade the lockers. They are great to have standard on the Rubi, but I want aomething a bit more aggressive. I only have 33s but steering handles flawless. My 05 Rubi came with belly and fuel tank skid and the diamond plate rocker panels.

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