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Old 01-11-2014, 09:01 AM
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Rust issues

I am a new to the forum and I am looking to buy a Wrangler tj or lj. I was wondering if certain years had lees frame rust issues than others? Also what are the differences between a stock lj and a Rubicon lj? Thanks
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Old 01-11-2014, 11:29 AM   #2

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Try to buy a Southern Jeep. The ones regardless of the year that have lived their lives in the winter "Salt Belt" normally have big problems. The box style frame just collects salt and corrosion in wintry areas. Rubicon frame is the same as any other Wrangler. Rubicon has D44 axles with lockers, a better transfer case, different suspension, larger tires, unique wheels. I am sure I have missed a few things here but the biggest reason you buy a Rubicon over a stock Wrangler is for the axles and transfer case.

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Old 01-11-2014, 12:53 PM
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Thanks for the advice.
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Old 01-12-2014, 12:02 AM   #4
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The rubicon LJ has the same upgrades a regular rubi would that ^ hit on: Upgraded/reinforced transfer case with fixed flange DS output, 4.10 diff gearing, f/r locking diffs, D44 axles, and of course the decals whatnot. That fixed flange on the TCase prevents you from having to buy an SYE if you choose to lift it. Save some cash there. The D44s are also much stronger than the stock D30 or D35s and can run bigger tires. Stiffer spring rates in the suspension (but same height of coils).

If you're on the fence, look around the forums. For every post of people wishing they hadn't gone for a rubi, and bought a sahara/sport/x instead, you'll find at least 10 posts of people wishing they had gone rubicon. Rubis also hold their value much better. Double edged sword... More expensive to buy, better resale value if you decide to sell it.

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