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Old 02-03-2012, 10:47 PM   #1
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to rubicon or not...

yall probly seen my other post about fuel mileage, but now id like to know if anyone wishes they would have bought a rubicon instead of a sport,ect....

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Old 02-03-2012, 10:53 PM   #2
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I wish I would have bought a Rubi, but for the $5K I spent, it was not going to buy me one.

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Old 02-03-2012, 11:10 PM   #3
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If I had the extra cash I would have loved to get a rubi but getting a sport and building her up over a period of time to make her everything a rubi can be just without the name is okay with me
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Old 02-04-2012, 03:15 AM   #4
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I would have been money ahead getting the rubi, but they were hard to find when & where I was looking when I bought it. I'll be getting one next time :-)
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Old 02-04-2012, 05:32 AM   #5
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I had a rubi, and I traded it for a sport
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Old 02-04-2012, 05:54 AM   #6
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Having never had a Rubi ...... I don't know what I am missing......My TJ and JK Sports are enough Jeep for me. Never been stuck that I couldn't get out of....have had to hit it harder (a second or third time) with the skinny pedal though..........
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Old 02-04-2012, 06:23 AM   #7
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At the time I bought my Sport (in MD), the better axles didn't have as much value, money was tight and I got my sport for about 10-13k less than I could have gotten a similar Rubicon. I don't regret it one bit. The only think I'm really missing now is the better axles, after all the other mods I've done.

I'm looking at buying a second Jeep for when my current one gets hit by another GA driver and has to be in the shop. If I do get another one, it might be a rubi. If so I'll probably take the rubi sticker off.
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Old 02-04-2012, 06:36 AM   #8
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While I would have preferred the Rubi's D44s and especially the 4.10 gears, I didn't want the super low t-case gears, nor the "open" rear diff (I was told the electric lockers only work in 4 low). This was when I bought my '06 LJ.
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Old 02-04-2012, 06:43 AM   #9
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While I would have preferred the Rubi's D44s and especially the 4.10 gears, I didn't want the super low t-case gears, nor the "open" rear diff (I was told the electric lockers only work in 4 low). This was when I bought my '06 LJ.
haha they lied to you.. the rear diff in the LJ Rubi until you lock it is a limited slip.. Also TJ and LJ rubi used air lockers not electric.. and it's pretty easy to get the lockers in them to work in 4hi.. just got to move one or two wires behind the switch pannel..
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Old 02-04-2012, 06:47 AM   #10
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I had a 97 sport,, and after doing the math, (build up or rubi) bought my brand new rubi , march of 04,, got a great deal 21750 out the door, and 5 bills for the 97'. So 1650 loan.. Took the rubi stickers off immediately.. Now,, instead of ever buying another jeep, I'm looking at a complete frame off restoration, and swapping in an oil burner, in another 5 or 6 years... the rubi is by far and away, ( in mine and many others opinion) the best off road utility vehicle ever built... The only major downfall is MPGs, and I will fix that with a diesel swap!!
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Just depends on what you are wanting to do with it. If you are looking for a stock Jeep to wheel, or to make mild mods to, you cant beat it. But once you look at 1 ton axles, you just started out spending too much money. Everything with the exception of the 4:1 xfer case that comes on a rubi has been replaced with something much better on mine.
But like I said, in stock form, the rubi is the most capable vehicle to ever leave a factory production line.
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:04 AM   #12
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I needed one that was going to keep my interest...while a Rubi certainly would have done that, I have really enjoyed building it myself.

I highly recommend finding a Sport with a D44 and 3.73 gears. That's one thing I didn't want to have to swap. If you plan on wheeling it, or putting 33" or larger tires, you will really wish you had at least gotten that.

The sport I bought, the lady had no idea it had an "upgrade" so I didn't pay a nickle extra than any other Sport.

Keep in mind though, you will spend significantly more trying to "Build" your's to a rubi vs just paying the extra $3k - $5k.
Just the SYE and Lockers alone will cover that expense...
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If you plan on having 35s with lockers then it makes it real easy. If you dont need lockers you will be fine with a regular jeep. If you need bigger than 35s, don't waste money on the rubicon because you will have to upgrade the axles. If you price out D44s, lockers, and the 4:1 t case, you can get an idea if its worth it or not.
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I needed one that was going to keep my interest...while a Rubi certainly would have done that, I have really enjoyed building it myself.

I highly recommend finding a Sport with a D44 and 3.73 gears. That's one thing I didn't want to have to swap. If you plan on wheeling it, or putting 33" or larger tires, you will really wish you had at least gotten that.

The sport I bought, the lady had no idea it had an "upgrade" so I didn't pay a nickle extra than any other Sport.

Keep in mind though, you will spend significantly more trying to "Build" your's to a rubi vs just paying the extra $3k - $5k.
Just the SYE and Lockers alone will cover that expense...
a SYE and lockers arent going to cost 3k-5k..
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Old 02-04-2012, 11:12 AM   #15
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You really have to assess your personal needs, because everyone's is different. Go through a month on paper, of what you'll be doing.

I came from a 07 Rubicon, now have a 12 Sport. The Rubicon was great, but I honestly never used it's full capability. I got the Sport because of that reason, about the only thing I'll change is tires and mild modifications.
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haha they lied to you.. the rear diff in the LJ Rubi until you lock it is a limited slip.. Also TJ and LJ rubi used air lockers not electric.. and it's pretty easy to get the lockers in them to work in 4hi.. just got to move one or two wires behind the switch pannel..
Crud! Hindsight is 20/20 I still love my "regular" LJ. I can always re-gear and add lockers if I get rich or go crazy (or both).
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If I could have found a stock Rubicon for around 3k more than what I paid for my Sport I probably would have done it. Just not easy to find. Neither is a TJ with a Dana 44 easy to find, at least around here. I will likely upgrade with gears, lockers and rear axle (Super35) for a bit more than that 3k. I plan on running 33" tires.

Like others have said, all depends what your goals are for the Jeep and how much of necessary funds you can put up front.
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Old 02-04-2012, 06:28 PM   #18
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mines just going to be a daily driver one 33-35 inch tires... but i want to buy one Jeep and id prefer to buy a stock one lift kit ready... i may hit the trails some but it wont be often. id say im more likely to snap axels doing burn outs or pulling something i shouldnt have hooked to... i have snaped several D60 frunt ends and 10.25 sterlings in the old fords "playing"

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