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Old 12-22-2014, 04:31 PM
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New to me '08 Rubicon

Okay, it's not for me but I'll be the one working on it if/when it breaks.

My 16-year-old stepson has saved every dime of every birthday, Christmas, Communion, etc. gifts in anticipation of owning a Wrangler one day. He also recently started working at local supermarket to earn some more cash. He just got his learner's permit and will get his license next year.

His mom and I, without his knowledge, have been Wrangler shopping with the intent of presenting him with it on Christmas day. We want him to have some time behind the wheel of his "permanent" vehicle before he's out on his own.

The requirements are kind of specific: black, 6-speed manual, hard top. Not realizing how hard this combo was to come by, we passed on a local '07 "X". Scrambling to find another, we opened up our search radius to 250 miles. This past Friday and right on the fringes of the 250 mile radius, we found an '08 Rubicon at a seemingly too-good-to-be-true price. Hard and soft tops, 6-speed, all the Rubicon goodies and all in great working order.

So, earlier than I'd like this past Saturday morning I rented a U-haul auto transporter and hooked up to my Avalanche. Fast forward 13 hours and there's a Rubicon in my driveway.

My only experience with Wranglers is hanging my brother's '95 up on a curb back in 1998. We were tooling around my yet-to-be-built neighborhood and misjudged the depth of the mud on the other side of the curb. Oops.

So this '08 Rubicon is nothing like that '95. I've been driving it around a bit and it seems solid, but not as harsh as the '95 ride-wise. The wider tires make it kind of interesting over uneven surface, but that's to be expected. The "X" we test drove seemed pretty gutless with the 3.21 gears, but the 4.10s in the Rubicon make a HUGE difference. It unbelievable.

I think this thing is going to be A LOT of fun. I'm going to have a ton of seemingly stupid questions (I have several already but I'll spare you for now).



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Good choice. I bought my 07 in 11. Need any help/have questions PM Me.
I highly .. I mean highly recommend you buy a quality torque wrench. Ensure the two front track bar bolts are torqued to 125.
It's not uncommon for a older JK to have loose/Worn parts. Ball joints/tie rod ends/etc.
Prevent death wobble now ... Give the front steering a good look over.
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Welcome, I to know of the 3.21 gear blues but now i have a rubi too and boy what a difference.
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Good choice. I bought my 07 in 11. Need any help/have questions PM Me.
I highly .. I mean highly recommend you buy a quality torque wrench. Ensure the two front track bar bolts are torqued to 125.
It's not uncommon for a older JK to have loose/Worn parts. Ball joints/tie rod ends/etc.
Prevent death wobble now ... Give the front steering a good look over.
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Thanks. I'll check over the steering. It feels pretty solid but looking underneath it, it doesn't look like much has been changed or replaced on it in 89k miles. I do have a good torque wrench. I'll have to search on what a "track bar" is
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