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06-22-2013 09:18 PM
insylem
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Originally Posted by BubbaEinstein View Post
(f/r lockers,etc..)

The lockers is what sold me on it.
The tires almost shyed me away from one, until I talked to my neighbor's buddy about his Rubicon! Then I was sold on it!
06-22-2013 05:50 PM
n00g7
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Originally Posted by michiganadam View Post
The sausage is the first thing I saw when I saw that pic. OMG. That's what makes it such a shocker.

There's no way you could protect from entry of trees from every possible angle though. Unless you wheel in a tank.
I will forever think twice about yelling POWWWWEEEERRRRR and flooring it over logs pointed at me. On a side note, I've put plenty of branches through ATV fenders doing that, so I had learned my lesson on less expensive toys.
06-22-2013 05:47 PM
michiganadam
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Originally Posted by Rico1111 View Post
Wow. I remember when he posted that. I had a 2007 steel blue JKU rubi. It got him in the leg i believe
Did he get hurt bad? It was old by the time I ever saw it.

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Originally Posted by n00g7 View Post
Tub plates! Looked like it was going straight for his gentleman's sausage.
The sausage is the first thing I saw when I saw that pic. OMG. That's what makes it such a shocker.

There's no way you could protect from entry of trees from every possible angle though. Unless you wheel in a tank.
06-22-2013 05:44 PM
MI JeepSkate if i could go back in time, id of thought harder on spending the extra money on getting a rubicon instead of my sport. that being said, my brother has every option you listed on his '12 and hes got around 32,000 miles and drives only highway/city and absolutely loves everything but the auto his wife talked him into. you CANNOT build a rubicon for cheaper than you can buy one new but if your interested in just light use a sahara with a good gear ratio will work just fine and those are found more common with the options you want. best of luck and welcome to the family
06-22-2013 05:18 PM
Rico1111 I could be wrong. I just remember seeing that picture and being completely shocked.
06-22-2013 05:04 PM
n00g7
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Originally Posted by Rico1111 View Post
Wow. I remember when he posted that. I had a 2007 steel blue JKU rubi. It got him in the leg i believe

Tub plates! Looked like it was going straight for his gentleman's sausage.
06-22-2013 04:57 PM
Rico1111
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Originally Posted by michiganadam View Post

Be careful, look what happened to this guy's jeep after he ran over a stick!



of course i like to stir crap up... haha...
Wow. I remember when he posted that. I had a 2007 steel blue JKU rubi. It got him in the leg i believe
06-22-2013 04:08 PM
BubbaEinstein The Rubicon trim level just makes an already versatile vehicle more versatile! I wanted something that was comfortable to drive to work every day, that I could easily tow behind our motorhome, that my wife could drive, that can carry a kid, that would be fun to drive when out on vacation (tow it up to Colorado then go explore some trails), gave an amateur off roader the best chance of not getting stuck (f/r lockers,etc..) and wasn't a daddy day care vehicle

For meeting so many different needs, the Jeep is actually quite an impressive vehicle and the Rubicon trim just gives you a few more tools in an already full toolbox.
06-22-2013 03:10 PM
insylem
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Originally Posted by scuba_steve View Post
You can absolutely not use my Rubicon as a daily driver...




...because that is what I am using it for.

You can't use mine either! Also, I just passed the milage point where I have doubled the odometer milage. 803 miles now. It had 401 when I baught it, because they had to drive it from another dealership to get it for me. I have officially driven my Rubicon more then anyone ealse!
06-21-2013 08:13 PM
scuba_steve You can absolutely not use my Rubicon as a daily driver...




...because that is what I am using it for.
06-21-2013 06:26 PM
michiganadam
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Originally Posted by insylem View Post
Go Rubicon! That's what I did. The Electronic lockers is what sold me on it. I felt if I got a Sport that I would have regrests.

Been a few weeks, 0 regrets on my Rubicon!
wish i had lockers. would really help on the sand dunes. I'm probably going to get ARBs soon though.
06-21-2013 06:25 PM
michiganadam
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Originally Posted by Calaloo View Post
Rock crawling no. But we did have some high winds last week and I had to drive over a couple of branches in my driveway. Didn't even need four wheel drive. But I did cringe hearing the sticks break up under the Rubicon. Yikes!!!

The roof rack will serve as a nice snowboard carrier next week on my way to Killington. Might need to put it in 4 hi on the way there though.

I installed a winch just in case things get hairy on the way.
Be careful, look what happened to this guy's jeep after he ran over a stick!








of course i like to stir crap up... haha...
06-21-2013 06:20 PM
J33P4M3 I look forward to driving every day in my Rubi.. go for it
06-21-2013 06:12 PM
insylem Go Rubicon! That's what I did. The Electronic lockers is what sold me on it. I felt if I got a Sport that I would have regrests.

Been a few weeks, 0 regrets on my Rubicon!
06-21-2013 05:50 PM
Old Dogger [QUOTE=mroczka30;3242673]

The dealer was saying that since the Rubicon has lockers it will lead to more wear when using it for longer trips. Also that the ride will be worse and more overall wear and tear (tires, etc). I test drove a Rubi and I didn't notice much of a difference in the ride.

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The Dealer is just giving you a Snow Job as to lockers and wear, don't believe him.
You can only lock the lockers when in 4low. Driving in 2hi going down the highway, the diffs will function as opened rear ends and will not cause any additional wear.
As for the ride, well my friend has a 2012 Sahara with factory wheels and tires. Now these are two door models, but his front springs are 12s and 15 rears. My 2013 Rubicon 2 dr has 14 front springs and 17 rears. I also have the stock wheels with MT tires.
Is there a ride difference, yes, but its so minimual, that it really isn't a issue. I use mine for both daily and off road use and wouldn't want anything else.
If you really want a Rubicon, then you will never be satisfied with anything else.......
06-21-2013 05:12 PM
shin0bi1 I bought a '12 jku rubicon last summer and never regretted it once. I agree, if you have a solid plan from the start and already have your mods picked out...then get the cheapest sport you like and have fun with it. I bought the rubicon because of all the nice things you get with it. It costed also as much as a fully decked out JKU sahara and the '13s just came out so i got a good deal. Regardless though wranglers are expensive to buy and drive. Gotta pay to play sometimes...

I live in chicagoland so we see the 4 seasons. I recommend the 34" duratracs with your rubi setup if you have weather like mine!

Torrential downpour, flash floods, and other crazy weather? Yup drove thru that stuff no worries.

8-12"+ of snow? Yup got it covered. The only other vehicles on the road doing okay were the salt trucks.

The in the cockpit swaybar disconnects and locker buttons are great... i mean for an all in one package its really good. I dont go hardcore offroading like my other friends do but my rubicon can meet any challenge i am not scared to do.

Hope this helps

-Shin0bi1
02-18-2013 07:10 PM
mroczka30 Thanks again for all of the opinions and advice. Checked VOTS this morning and my Jeep moved to the Shipping stage. About a half hour later, the email from Jeep came through that it was being built. Checked the dealer's website this evening and it's listed on there too. I thought the last few weeks were hard waiting, I'm sure the next few days will be even worse.
02-17-2013 12:58 PM
strider_mt2k I think I weighed in on this a few pages back, but I just passed 24K and I'm still thrilled as hell to drive this thing every day.
02-17-2013 09:31 AM
Schneck11
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Originally Posted by mroczka30 View Post
I've been lurking here for a few weeks and am getting ready give up my Titan and to pull the trigger on my first Jeep. Up to tonight I was set on an Unlimited Rubicon, while at the dealer they tried to suggest a Sahara instead of the Rubicon and I started to doubt my decision. My wants were Billet ext, Black/Dark Saddle Cloth, Dual Top, Connectivity, Heated seats and Auto Climate. I wanted a Rubicon since they first came out, it just wasn't practical until now. Also, I don't do a whole lot of off-roading now, but I hope to get into it and try to get the kids into it also. I plan on keeping this Jeep for a long time, so down the road I would add a lift and larger tires, so the Rubicon seemed to make more sense to me.

A little background on myself and situation. I have two children 4 and 1.5. Both love riding our ATV's with me, so I'm hoping they're going to love the Jeep as much. Now, the Jeep will be my daily driver. I go 6 miles to work one way, on backroads here in PA. Down hill to work and uphill coming home. I avoid traveling the interstate when possible, I like the scenic routes more and less traffic.

The dealer was saying that since the Rubicon has lockers it will lead to more wear when using it for longer trips. Also that the ride will be worse and more overall wear and tear (tires, etc). I test drove a Rubi and I didn't notice much of a difference in the ride.

My question is for those who do use their Rubi for a daily driver, do you have any regrets for doing so? Any positives/negatives to doing so. I know ultimately it's my decision but I just wanted some more opinions from the people who actually have the Rubis (the person I was speaking to at the dealership was one of the owners who gladly showed me their Billet Sahara, so they may have been a little biased). Anyhow, thanks for helping me out and hopefully I'll be posting in the Billet Waiting room soon.
We bought our rubicon in September and love it. I don't normally drive it but my husband drives it on a normal basis to work. We don't do offloading yet but find it to be a fantastic choice. It is smooth driving and is very reliable. If you want to get a jeep, go with your gut. You won't regret it with the rubicon. The locking mechanism isn't too bad. It's helpful for driving uphill but doesn't seam to do a lot if wear and tear on the tires.
02-03-2013 08:44 PM
Con Artist
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Originally Posted by Calaloo View Post
Rock crawling no. But we did have some high winds last week and I had to drive over a couple of branches in my driveway. Didn't even need four wheel drive. But I did cringe hearing the sticks break up under the Rubicon. Yikes!!!

The roof rack will serve as a nice snowboard carrier next week on my way to Killington. Might need to put it in 4 hi on the way there though.

I installed a winch just in case things get hairy on the way.
Nice A-frame! Always liked those...

I don't dare go out if the roads are wet or if there's snow on the ground. I wanna keep the undercarriage as clean as possible!

As for driving over branches, I would never subject my Rubicon to such abuse!
02-03-2013 08:29 PM
Calaloo
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Originally Posted by Con Artist

You, sir, are a poser. I don't like the way you have a Rubicon and a roof rack on it. You don't rock crawl and/or crawl through Moab for weeks at a time so you don't need one.

I can't wait to put a lift, wheels and tires, and bumpers on my Rubicon, it's gonna be the awesomest Jeep in the mall parking lot!
Rock crawling no. But we did have some high winds last week and I had to drive over a couple of branches in my driveway. Didn't even need four wheel drive. But I did cringe hearing the sticks break up under the Rubicon. Yikes!!!

The roof rack will serve as a nice snowboard carrier next week on my way to Killington. Might need to put it in 4 hi on the way there though.

I installed a winch just in case things get hairy on the way.
02-03-2013 07:57 PM
Con Artist
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Originally Posted by Calaloo View Post
I feel the same. I have no intention of rock crawling with my Rubicon. But I like the idea that I can if I choose to do so. In the mean time I'll use it to go hunting, fishing, kayaking and snowboarding knowing pretty much nothing is going to stop me.
You, sir, are a poser. I don't like the way you have a Rubicon and a roof rack on it. You don't rock crawl and/or crawl through Moab for weeks at a time so you don't need one.

I can't wait to put a lift, wheels and tires, and bumpers on my Rubicon, it's gonna be the awesomest Jeep in the mall parking lot!
02-03-2013 07:37 PM
Calaloo I feel the same. I have no intention of rock crawling with my Rubicon. But I like the idea that I can if I choose to do so. In the mean time I'll use it to go hunting, fishing, kayaking and snowboarding knowing pretty much nothing is going to stop me.
02-03-2013 07:28 PM
Con Artist
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Originally Posted by Hootch View Post
EXACTLY how I feel. Some people like rock crawling, I could care less. I bought my Jeep as a daily driver and to do some hunting and fishing a little off the beaten path. I love being in the outdoors and taking the back roads. And to the people that keep telling me I don't need a Rubicon for that, I say when you make my payment, you can tell me what to buy and how to use it.
Yep. I love the back roads and I'm just all about taking in the whole back roads experience...the fresh air, sounds of nature, and just staring up at the cover of the trees, stars, whatever. It's all about a relaxing, scenic, pleasant drive for me. I don't need to be mudding or offroading to enjoy my Jeep.

...And you're right, until people wanna make my payments, they can keep their mouths shut about how I use my vehicle. If they're so worried about how I use a Rubicon, I guess they should have bought one.
02-03-2013 05:49 PM
Hootch
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Originally Posted by Con Artist View Post
I'm not saying I don't enjoy going off the beaten path, I just don't get anything positive out of bouncing around in rock gardens for hours at a time. It's miserably slow, and it bores me to death. I would go absolutely crazy in a place like Moab where it's probably nothing but a slow, grueling crawl to a destination. I like to move. I like to go a little faster than a crawl, but slow enough to "take it all in." I absolutely loved crawling through a foot and a half of water and the like. It was great. On the trip we took, there was probably about 15 minutes of "trail" driving, and I liked that.

As far as learning all about offroading, I couldn't care less. I get the idea that I wanna choose a line and keep my wheels on the highest points, blah blah blah, but I really don't ever plan on using that "knowledge." I don't go anywhere extreme enough where I'm going to need it, and if I do, I'll know enough, I don't need to be an expert at crawling over Volkswagen-sized rocks.
EXACTLY how I feel. Some people like rock crawling, I could care less. I bought my Jeep as a daily driver and to do some hunting and fishing a little off the beaten path. I love being in the outdoors and taking the back roads. And to the people that keep telling me I don't need a Rubicon for that, I say when you make my payment, you can tell me what to buy and how to use it.
02-01-2013 09:31 PM
Con Artist
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Originally Posted by kappaknight View Post
No harm, no foul.

Whether one chooses to off-road is a personal preference. I did absolutely nothing with my old TJ and I regretted it; so now I'm building my Jeep my way and taking it to places I should have gone to last time.

With that said, since you guys have Rubicon's, it is nice to learn when to use the sway bar disconnect and the lockers if you ever get into trouble on the road. Heck, you paid for it and have the ability, so why not? I knew absolutely nothing about these things before my first trip a month ago and in all honesty was a bit hesitant to even press the buttons in fear of breaking things. For whatever reason, no amount of reading would have made me felt comfortable doing it, but doing it hands on did help boost my confidence in the Jeep. (Again, my personal preference.)

Also, you guys are right. There is a lot of info here beyond off-roading like mods and such. I just figured those that don't wheel probably aren't too interested in the intricacies of it all since I do see a lot of stock, clean Jeeps around me as well. While some do mod for the street, I would venture to guess most just pay shops to do it and not worry about the what and the how.
I'm not saying I don't enjoy going off the beaten path, I just don't get anything positive out of bouncing around in rock gardens for hours at a time. It's miserably slow, and it bores me to death. I would go absolutely crazy in a place like Moab where it's probably nothing but a slow, grueling crawl to a destination. I like to move. I like to go a little faster than a crawl, but slow enough to "take it all in." I absolutely loved crawling through a foot and a half of water and the like. It was great. On the trip we took, there was probably about 15 minutes of "trail" driving, and I liked that.

As far as learning all about offroading, I couldn't care less. I get the idea that I wanna choose a line and keep my wheels on the highest points, blah blah blah, but I really don't ever plan on using that "knowledge." I don't go anywhere extreme enough where I'm going to need it, and if I do, I'll know enough, I don't need to be an expert at crawling over Volkswagen-sized rocks.
02-01-2013 09:20 PM
Pipper99
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Originally Posted by Dakovich View Post
I followed my wife's command of "get what you want now so I don't have to hear you whine about it later", and after crunching some numbers it was only a few grand more to go with the Rubi anyway. Only a 6 mile round trip for me to work 3 days a week, but I can't say enough about how much I enjoy my Jeep. We take it everywhere as the family hauler as well, just installed the 3rd car seat base yesterday in preparation for baby boy #3, inducing her next Saturday!
I hear that! I've been doing a ton of research, comparing price and options, and I finally decided to get the Rubicon because I can't see telling my wife in two years that I want to trade a Sahara for a Rubicon. I'm going to have to live with this vehicle for the next 10 years as a daily driver, so I don't want to regret it. It's like buying a big screen tv: you rarely wish you'd bought the smaller size. I do appreciate that different people asses their needs and wants differently, and if the Sahara or Sport suits you better then I'm glad that you made the right choice for you.

Reading through this thread has gotten me really excited. I ordered my JKUR (first jeep) two weeks ago, and I can't wait to get it. I'm 51, no kids but two big dogs. I'm already looking for places to take it off road, and I'm devouring everything that I can find on the subject. My off road dreams may be bigger than the eventual reality, but its gonna be fun regardless. I know that I'm going to hear comments from the "why do you need THAT?" crowd, but I just respond with "why can't you just be happy for me and leave it at that?", and they usually shut up.

Fun times, and I love this forum.
02-01-2013 07:43 PM
Dakovich I followed my wife's command of "get what you want now so I don't have to hear you whine about it later", and after crunching some numbers it was only a few grand more to go with the Rubi anyway. Only a 6 mile round trip for me to work 3 days a week, but I can't say enough about how much I enjoy my Jeep. We take it everywhere as the family hauler as well, just installed the 3rd car seat base yesterday in preparation for baby boy #3, inducing her next Saturday!
02-01-2013 07:03 PM
12CrushRubi
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Originally Posted by Seeuoffroad
I so agree with its your Jeep do what you want. I'm in the process of finishing my build( yea right I posted some of my mods on my 2012 JKU.. I did axels, gears ARB lockers, lift, tires, wheels, trusses on and on. I had people tell me how stupid I was for not buying a Rubicon. Telling me how much money I would lose when I sold. They don't even know my story.
I've had two Rubicon's in the past ( loved them) I knew this would be my last Jeep.
And I wanted to build it myself the way I wanted it. I am 48 yrs old. I am a two time cancer survivor. It's not a matter of if it will come back. But when it comes back.
But then again according to some people on here I'm an idiot.
Kudos man! I hope you're totally wrong bout cancer coming back! Great point though! Bottom line it's your money & buy/build it the way u want! Can't go wrong with that!
02-01-2013 06:35 PM
Seeuoffroad I so agree with its your Jeep do what you want. I'm in the process of finishing my build( yea right I posted some of my mods on my 2012 JKU.. I did axels, gears ARB lockers, lift, tires, wheels, trusses on and on. I had people tell me how stupid I was for not buying a Rubicon. Telling me how much money I would lose when I sold. They don't even know my story.
I've had two Rubicon's in the past ( loved them) I knew this would be my last Jeep.
And I wanted to build it myself the way I wanted it. I am 48 yrs old. I am a two time cancer survivor. It's not a matter of if it will come back. But when it comes back.
But then again according to some people on here I'm an idiot.
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