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Hi All,

I am about to order a new 2013 JK Wrangler Unlimited. The question is do I go with the Rubicon or the Sport? Obviously the Rubicon is preferable but I will only do moderate off roading (live in Florida) and everyday driving. I plan to put in a 2.5inch of 3.5inch AEV lift and 35inch tires initally. I dont want to spend the extra money if there is not a compelling reason to do so... I would appreciate any advice.

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Honestly . . . if you don't know what makes a Rubicon different than a Sport, what those differences cost, and whether you'll need those differences, then you don't need a Rubicon.

A Sport is highly capable. A Rubicon is more so. Is the Rubicon "worth it"? Yes, for the right buyer--somebody who either will take advantage of the features, or somebody for whom money is no object and simply wants the best.

If you have no idea whether you'll be into offroading or not, have no idea why a Rubicon is so expensive, have no idea whether you'll "need" a Rubicon or not, then no, you don't need a Rubicon. Get one if you've got the spare cash, but otherwise I'd say pass. A Sport will take you places offroad you won't think possible given your experience level. If you end up really getting into offroading and want to put your Sport on par (or beyond) with a Rubicon, you can do it fairly easily with a few grand worth of aftermarket components.

Threads like this come up all the time. In my view, the best answer is always that if you have to ask, then you don't "need" a Rubicon. Go ahead and get one if money is no object, but otherwise I'd save the cash.
 

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Honestly . . . if you don't know what makes a Rubicon different than a Sport, what those differences cost, and whether you'll need those differences, then you don't need a Rubicon.

A Sport is highly capable. A Rubicon is more so. Is the Rubicon "worth it"? Yes, for the right buyer--somebody who either will take advantage of the features, or somebody for whom money is no object and simply wants the best.
^^ This.

Another consideration...don't know what you have planned, in terms of mods, but if you're thinking of modding it a lot, might be best off with something like the Sport. No sense paying extra for the Rubi if you're gonna ditch the extra features (which a number of mods would do).

Something to consider.
 

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I was in the same predicament and went with the Sport. I've done a few mods and have had a couple of people in Rubis tell me they wish they would have saved the cash and built up the Sport rather than remove the extra Rubi stuff they aren't using.
 

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I was in the same predicament and went with the Sport. I've done a few mods and have had a couple of people in Rubis tell me they wish they would have saved the cash and built up the Sport rather than remove the extra Rubi stuff they aren't using.
Here is a good review that influenced me to by my Sport. One reporters opinion.
2012 Jeep Wrangler: Rubicon or Sport?
 

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Rubicon. If you are going to Mall Crawl, do it right!
 

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Honestly . . . if you don't know what makes a Rubicon different than a Sport, what those differences cost, and whether you'll need those differences, then you don't need a Rubicon.

A Sport is highly capable. A Rubicon is more so. Is the Rubicon "worth it"? Yes, for the right buyer--somebody who either will take advantage of the features, or somebody for whom money is no object and simply wants the best.

If you have no idea whether you'll be into offroading or not, have no idea why a Rubicon is so expensive, have no idea whether you'll "need" a Rubicon or not, then no, you don't need a Rubicon. Get one if you've got the spare cash, but otherwise I'd say pass. A Sport will take you places offroad you won't think possible given your experience level. If you end up really getting into offroading and want to put your Sport on par (or beyond) with a Rubicon, you can do it fairly easily with a few grand worth of aftermarket components.

Threads like this come up all the time. In my view, the best answer is always that if you have to ask, then you don't "need" a Rubicon. Go ahead and get one if money is no object, but otherwise I'd save the cash.
^^ This.

Another consideration...don't know what you have planned, in terms of mods, but if you're thinking of modding it a lot, might be best off with something like the Sport. No sense paying extra for the Rubi if you're gonna ditch the extra features (which a number of mods would do).

Something to consider.
Good advice.
 

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Rubicon. If you are going to Mall Crawl, do it right!
:rofl:

You know what? If you're gonna mall crawl, the Rubi is the way to go, IMO. Some will say, "Why spend the $$ on a Rubi if it's gonna be a curb queen?" My response is, "Why not?" Especially if you got the coin to spend.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but if you by a Rubi for almost exclusive road use, you're gonna get a lift, tires, wheels, and be done with it. Am I wrong? If that was my plan, none of those mods would preclude me from buying a Rubi.

Plus, you end up with the stickers.

Win-win.
 

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Did u test drive any yet? I would go to a dealer and take them both for a ride.
 

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Hi All,

I am about to order a new 2013 JK Wrangler Unlimited. The question is do I go with the Rubicon or the Sport? Obviously the Rubicon is preferable but I will only do moderate off roading (live in Florida) and everyday driving. I plan to put in a 2.5inch of 3.5inch AEV lift and 35inch tires initally. I dont want to spend the extra money if there is not a compelling reason to do so... I would appreciate any advice.

Thanks.
No one can really answer this question because no one except you knows your finacial situation....or what "only moderate off roading" actually implies.

Do you need a 3" lift and 35's to do the moderate off-roading you are talking about or is it just for looks?

Maybe you will you be fine with a Sport + LSD, some Ace side rails and a set of Rubi take-offs?
 

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If you can get everything you want in options on the sport I would go with it. When I bought mine there were comfort features :hide: that you couldn't get on a sport that I was used to and not willing to do without. Sahara was out of the question for me as I did not want painted fenders. Having said that other than to try them out I have not used the Rubi specific features like sway bar disco, locking diffs, etc. much at all
 

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Lower geared transfer case, D44 front axle. If either of those are of benifet to you then go Rubicon. If not then sport/sport s. Florida means mud so if you don't go Rubicon plan on getting new tires for the purposes of florida's terrain with the sport.

My opionion. Since florida's terrain doesn't suit to the Rubicon's 4:1 I go sport with the NP241 that has 2:72 low range as that is a better low range for muck. The Rubicon was made for the purpose of crawling. Wheel spin is what will benifet you.

Front axle wise. Even at 35's if you ever get there, they're ways to improve the next gen D30's strenth. That is something to consider once you reach 33's as well

Lockers: ARB's are selectable and work in HI range and LOW range which is nice, where as the Rubicons lockers only work in LOW range. Being in florida and not having to deal with ice/snow a auto locker becomes a option for your rear axle which would save some pennies.

I could go on and on.. In the end just depends on what terrain you plan to run the wrangler through
 

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Hey All, thanks for the responses!!! I am probably going to order my JKU from the factory so I can get everything I want.
I'll let you know which way I go. BTW... Re; offroading Mudding... Mudfest......Tennessee trails...some rocks.
I suppose my wife will want to drive it to the mall as well. 😎
 

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I chose the Sport because the Rubicon has a lot of features that I am not interested in or that I don't need. Especially I don't like the colored fenders. I picked the Sport, included the communication package (bluetooth) and the power mirrors and doors (I think they call that convenience package???). The dealership included the Rubicon tires (not including the rims) as well. I love my Jeep. I bought a couple of running boards and installed them myself. Since I won't be doing extreme off-roading I also don't need any special gear ratio.
 

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Tennessee trails? mudfest? Rubicon.
 

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I think for light-moderate offroading and daily driving the Sport with 3.73 and LSD is the best set up.

If dedicated for off-roading with only recreational on-road driving the Rubi is probably a better option

On-road I think 3.73 w/ LSD really wins out over the Rubicon especially for ice and snow situations. Off road those Rubi lockers would sure be nice - but again that is something you could alway add later if you find the need for it.

Good luck, you can't go wrong either way. Just get the one that suits YOUR needs best
 

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:rofl:

You know what? If you're gonna mall crawl, the Rubi is the way to go, IMO. Some will say, "Why spend the $$ on a Rubi if it's gonna be a curb queen?" My response is, "Why not?" Especially if you got the coin to spend.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but if you by a Rubi for almost exclusive road use, you're gonna get a lift, tires, wheels, and be done with it. Am I wrong? If that was my plan, none of those mods would preclude me from buying a Rubi.

Plus, you end up with the stickers.

Win-win.
I support this message, as a Rubicon driving mall queen. I have to spend a lot less money to get the stance I want.

Also, I couldn't get all the interior features I wanted with the Sport... and I did not want painted fenders.

Sometimes Rubicon purchases aren't for utility. If I was going to buy the vehicle I wanted for my 30th birthday, I was going to go big or GTFO!

I chose the Sport because the Rubicon has a lot of features that I am not interested in or that I don't need. Especially I don't like the colored fenders. I picked the Sport, included the communication package (bluetooth) and the power mirrors and doors (I think they call that convenience package???). The dealership included the Rubicon tires (not including the rims) as well. I love my Jeep. I bought a couple of running boards and installed them myself. Since I won't be doing extreme off-roading I also don't need any special gear ratio.
Rubicon doesn't come standard with painted fenders. That's the Sahara.
 

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Front axle wise. Even at 35's if you ever get there, they're ways to improve the next gen D30's strenth. That is something to consider once you reach 33's as well
Anything he has to do to strengthen the D30 for larger tires he will also have to do to the D44. Everything is the same except the center section.
 

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The inner components including the inner axles are not the same on the D30 so additional work should be done internally if you are running 35's or 37's.

I don't think a Rubicon is for everyone but I don't think someone would ever regret buying one if they can afford it.
 
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