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Old 02-26-2010, 08:39 PM   #1
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stick with my sport?

Hey guys,

This December I will finally be graduating college. Right now I have an internship and have been offered a full time position as a Software Engineer when I graduate.

That being said... My plan is to pay off what I owe on My 02 Sport next spring and get a civic or jetta for daily driving and build my wrangler into what I really want it to be. Here is what I want.

Lift
33" tires
Rock crawling bumpers
Lockers
Warn powerplant winch

I have a dana 44 in the rear, should I get another in the front?
Would it be better to just sell my sport and buy a rubicon?

I really like my wrangler alot, there is nothing wrong with it and it only has 70k miles. The only reason I ask if I should buy a rubicon is because of the lockers and the gearing. I don't know if I should get my Jeep geared lower. If I end up keeping my Jeep I'll probably buy the bumpers and a viking top this summer. I really would like to keep my Jeep and build it myself. Its something I would like to hold onto. What do you guys think? Is it worth it to add this stuff to my sport or just go for the Rubi?

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IMHO, keep what you have and build what you want. Something tells me that when it comes down to it that you won't be able to part with it anyway.

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Old 02-27-2010, 12:13 AM   #3
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Personally, I'm looking at selling my 99 wanting a 2003 or newer because of the updates. For example the front seats not having problems tumbeling forward, and of course the age in general.
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Old 02-27-2010, 08:50 AM   #4
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keep the sport and fix it the way you want it.no payments=more money for mods.
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Old 02-27-2010, 09:15 AM   #5
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i would keep it.
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Old 02-27-2010, 10:28 AM   #6
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Keep it,i got a 97 that threw 8k at last year.Your dana 44 is a plus.....
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Old 02-27-2010, 10:51 AM   #7
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Keep the Sport & build it. Even if someone offered to trade me straight across their 2003 Rubicon for my '97 Sport, I'd keep my old but faithful Sport.
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I would try and make a grab on a Dana 44 front if you can, and then do the lockers in the rear on the sport. Don't go ahead and try to pay extra for the Rubicon. And a civic? ugh.
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He already has a Dana 44 in the rear. A front Dana 44 like from a Rubicon can withstand nothing more than his present Dana 30 can since only its center pumpkin/R&P & inner axle shafts are Dana 44... the rest of it is pure Dana 30.
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Old 02-27-2010, 11:52 AM   #10
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Not that much difference between the Sport & the Rubi: disc brakes, crawling gears, & front axle... oh yeah, that sticker on the front too! Like others said, it's gonna be cheaper to build / mod your current ride than it is to get a Rubi. Even if you get the Rubi, it sounds like you'll just end up modding the it too.
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Keep it. Think of it this way the older a jeep gets the more its worth in a true jeepers eyes. I have a 98 sport(my frirst wrangler, but not my first jeep) and plan on keeping it and building it my self. I think you have more pride if you do it yourself and if (ex. me) its your first jeep or whatever, ya know. Ya a rubi is all cool and bad ass but you did build it that way some guys on an assembly line did.
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Keep it. I have an economy car as my DD, the jeeps my toy. I think its a good way to go. Then build the jeep the way you want it.
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Old 02-27-2010, 04:44 PM   #13
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Thanks guys. It would be really hard for me to get rid of my Jeep. No matter what other vehicle I see, my Jeep is always better in my eyes. I'll probably start doing some things this summer.

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