Specs, Mods, Photos
- MODEL YEAR
- MODEL / TRIM
- Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited
- 2.0L 4-cyl Turbo eTorque
- 8 speed auto
- Cold weather group, LED lights, Alpine premium audio w/8.4 nav, steel bumpers, etc.
- MODS - WHEELS / TIRES / BRAKES
- These factory BFG KO2's are outstanding tires for all-season use (bonus is the "3-peak mountain snowflake" rating, which is considered the same as a studded tire here in Oregon). However, if BFG eventually offers a KM3 in 285/70/17 in a C-rating, I will probably switch. I've owned a lot of tires and BFG's have earned my loyalty.
- MODS - TIRE SIZE
- Stock (Factory Tire Size)
- MODS - SUSPENSION / CHASSIS
- None necessary
- MODS - LIFT HEIGHT
- Stock (Factory Height)
- MODS - POWERTRAIN / DRIVETRAIN
- None necessary
- MODS - EXTERIOR
- Warn Zeon 10-S winch with Factor55 hardware; Ceramic tinted (50%) both front door windows for UV protection (protect your skin!)
- MODS - INTERIOR
- Hi-Lift jack on Dominion Off-Road Stealth Hi-Lift Mount w/accessory bars and hand tools; Mopar grab handles, Quadratec door entry guards
- MODS - IN-CAR ELECTRONICS
- RAM ball mount, fitted to the driver's side freedom top panel front latch (phone, GPS, etc.)
- MODS - SOFTWARE / TUNE / PROGRAMMER
- Not necessary
- HISTORY / EXPERIENCE / COMMENTS
This is my 4th Jeep (2000 TJ, 2008 JKU, 2014 JKU, and now this one).
I spent thousands of $$$ on my previous Jeeps, modding them to do what this one is ready to do straight from the factory and under warranty. This is how I think Rubicons should always have been made in the first place: front and rear lockers, basic armor, and 33's that don't rub (even when the anti-sway bar is disconnected!). It should do 90% of what I want to do, without any mods necessary (the other 10% should make me pause anyway!). Purrs down the highway, snarls on the trails. (24 MPG!? More like 17, but hey, I'll take it.) Probably THE most versatile vehicle ever made, if you demand variety and capability in one rig that does it all.
BTW, the first JLUR I drove was a 6-speed, 6-cyl., but it seemed mismatched, the shifter was not ergonomically friendly, and the combo just didn't drive well (maybe it was a fluke, or specific to the Rubicon, I don't know...). A couple months later, on a bored day I test drove a JLUR 4-cylinder turbo with the automatic, and was blown away. As much as I like driving a stick, Jeep got it right with this combo, IMO.