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Old 10-04-2009, 01:39 AM
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Looking for some input! New Jeep buyer

Hello everyone. I am new to this forum as I am looking to buy a Wrangler Unlimited. I currently own a 2004 Nissan Titan and absolutely love it so the thought of getting rid of it kinda hurts. Anyways, like I said I am interested in a used Unlimited, preferably with a lift and some off-roading performance already installed. I now the ins and outs of the off road performance for the Titan but not a great deal about Jeeps. So any advice on what to look for would be greatly appreciated. I know a lot of it depends on how I plan to use the jeep so let me give you an idea.

It will be my daily driver so I am looking for the best mix of daily performance and off road ability. I have not decided on an auto or manual either. I live in Colorado and spend lots of time in the high country in snow and countless trails in the summer. I'll also use it to tow a rail trailer loaded with up to 3 dirt bikes. So roughly 1,200 lbs with trailer weight and gear at any time. Not much weight but is there anything I should be concerned about towing with a lifted Jeep?

Here are two Wranglers I would like to look at this week. Your thoughts...
2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4dr Rubicon Lifted
2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Lifted

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Old 10-04-2009, 10:43 AM   #2
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Hi, welcome to the forum! If you plan on wheeling, most here will tell you to get the Rubicon, due to the upgraded axles and gearing. Good luck in your purchase, you'll love owning a Jeep! Don't forget to wave!

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Old 10-04-2009, 12:09 PM
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Hi, welcome to the forum! If you plan on wheeling, most here will tell you to get the Rubicon, due to the upgraded axles and gearing. Good luck in your purchase, you'll love owning a Jeep! Don't forget to wave!
Thanks! And don't worry, I am definitely a waver!
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Welcome! I would invest into a Rubi, like Inferno said, they have bigger axles and better gearing
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Old 10-04-2009, 06:56 PM   #5
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If your someone that likes to do your own building like myself, then go with the stocker. If not, go with the Rubicon. Like what's been stated. They come from the factory pretty much set up.
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If your someone that likes to do your own building like myself, then go with the stocker. If not, go with the Rubicon. Like what's been stated. They come from the factory pretty much set up.
Thanks for the input. I really do like building myself but I really want to do what is the cheapest at this point. By cheapest I mean buying with quality lift, suspension, wheels, tires, you know...the goods or buying a stocker and build it myself. I know dealers usually over-price built vehicles. For example, I am looking at this Rubi in Boise. What are your opinions on whats been done compared to the price for a used vehicle? I don't have specifics on the components yet.

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Rubi's come stock with front e-locker, e-sway bar disco's and a dana 44 w/4:10 gearing. No question about it....If you want to wheel it and not break it straight out of the box so too speak.
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i would say rubicon too, unless ofcourse if you plan on buying and bolting in teraflex or prorock d60's...

i would also suggest driving one before you decide because you are in for a shock goign from the luxury roomy interior of a fulsize truck to the compact utilitarian design of the jeep wrangler.

there are tons to do with a jeep in the aftermarket, but a god base to start from is the rubicon, you get a 4:1 tcase and everything else that has been mentioned!
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Thanks for all of the advice everyone. I am definitely going with a Rubicon. A lot of people have been telling me it would to be a shocker going from a 5.6L V8 to the tiny 3.8.

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