2018 JL Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition??

Tomthebomb

New Member
First Name
Thomas
Joined
Nov 10, 2017
Messages
3
Reaction score
5
Location
Geneseo Il
Vehicle(s)
2016 unlimited
Was all set to purchase 2017 recon until I seen artistic Concepts of JL. I wanted the ability to put 35 inch tires on it without a lift. Does anyone know if the JL will also have a “recon” edition?
Advertisement

 

Jabs

Well-Known Member
First Name
Jabs
Joined
May 21, 2017
Messages
278
Reaction score
423
Location
Virginia
Vehicle(s)
2018 Wrangler JLU Rubicon
Was all set to purchase 2017 recon until I seen artistic Concepts of JL. I wanted the ability to put 35 inch tires on it without a lift. Does anyone know if the JL will also have a “recon” edition?
You'll be able to 35's on a standard Rubicon without a lift. However no "recon" model yet. That being said the standard JL Rubicon comes much more loaded then a JK recon. You'll get the following standard items:

hood vents, raised front fenders, better MPG, 8 speed auto, 4.10 gear ratio's, 33's (which can probably be sold more easily then the old rubi tires if you go with 35's) better interior with larger screen, back up camera, and more importantly a new design that looks modern and aggressive.

Just some food for thought.
 

Niteshooter

Well-Known Member
First Name
Kevin
Joined
Oct 4, 2017
Messages
225
Reaction score
140
Location
Toronto Canada
Vehicle(s)
86 Jeep CJ7, 86 T-Bird Turbo Coupe, 00 Saturn, 10 smart, 11 JK
Vehicle Showcase
2
It would almost make sense to offer a 35" tire option as that would be one of the first things I would change. Oh unless that severely impacts their CAFE ratings.....
 

TIDALWAVE

Well-Known Member
First Name
CHUCK
Joined
Oct 21, 2017
Messages
799
Reaction score
426
Location
MINNESOTA
Vehicle(s)
2015 Mustang GT Convertible, 2013 CHEVY SILVERADO, 2018 JLUR
Will the optional strengthened tail gate hinges be able to handle 33"/35" wheels? 10 years ago, my Wrangler came with 'over-sized' OEM wheels. Within two years, the tail gate had warped enough that I had to have the hinges cut out and replaced with oversized strengthened ones.
 

Mattyp1214

Well-Known Member
First Name
Matt
Joined
Oct 27, 2017
Messages
828
Reaction score
595
Location
USA
Vehicle(s)
Black 2018 JLUR
Was all set to purchase 2017 recon until I seen artistic Concepts of JL. I wanted the ability to put 35 inch tires on it without a lift. Does anyone know if the JL will also have a “recon” edition?
It was many years before any special editions came out for the JK. The first one for the rubicon was the call of duty and that was five years in I believe.
I was in same boat as you about recon and was about to buy one, but like others said the JL adapted many things recon came with plus more! Get the JL, it will be able to handle 35s. Look at the new photos how much space you have under the high line fenders. Can probably do it stock and if you want more articulation a 2” will be cheap eventually!
 

The Great Grape Ape

Well-Known Member
Joined
Mar 30, 2017
Messages
2,856
Reaction score
4,108
Location
Canadian Rockies
Vehicle(s)
2015 JKU AspenX 5spd , 2015 JK Sport 6spd
However, as the Rubicon is celebrating it’s 15th Anniversay, it’s quite possible that there is a Rubi Special Edition next March.
 

Jeeptimus Prime

Well-Known Member
First Name
Bryant
Joined
Sep 6, 2017
Messages
348
Reaction score
335
Location
NorCal
Vehicle(s)
2016 JKUR
Recon will most likely come with the HiLine fenders which hopefully will allow for 35s.
 

theplankeye

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 3, 2017
Messages
480
Reaction score
477
Location
Texas
Vehicle(s)
2018 Rubicon Unlimited
What does the JK Recon have over the JL Ruby?
 

Mattyp1214

Well-Known Member
First Name
Matt
Joined
Oct 27, 2017
Messages
828
Reaction score
595
Location
USA
Vehicle(s)
Black 2018 JLUR

Beachcomber

Active Member
Joined
Sep 17, 2019
Messages
29
Reaction score
11
Location
Deez-nutz
Vehicle(s)
2018 Wrangler JL Sport
The JK Rubicon Recon edition will eat the lunch of any 2019-2020 JL Rubicon. Period end of story. That was the strongest most capable vehicle ever produced by the Chrysler “Wrangler” dept.
 

mwilk012

Well-Known Member
Joined
Mar 10, 2018
Messages
4,356
Reaction score
3,923
Location
Oklahoma
Vehicle(s)
2018 Ocean Blue JLU Rubicon
The JK Rubicon Recon edition will eat the lunch of any 2019-2020 JL Rubicon. Period end of story. That was the strongest most capable vehicle ever produced by the Chrysler “Wrangler” dept.
The recon didn’t have any real advantages over a JK rubicon at the time besides some decent looking unique body mounted sliders. Sure, it was “lifted” from the factory, but nobody was crawling a stick JK, and a JL rubi puts it to shame.
 

jeepingib

Well-Known Member
First Name
Dusty
Joined
Jun 26, 2018
Messages
1,323
Reaction score
3,721
Location
College Station, TX
Vehicle(s)
18' JLUR Punk'n
The recon didn’t have any real advantages over a JK rubicon at the time besides some decent looking unique body mounted sliders. Sure, it was “lifted” from the factory, but nobody was crawling a stick JK, and a JL rubi puts it to shame.
It also had a stronger front axle. It came with a unique version of Ultimate Dana 44. So it had thicker tubes and better C's than the standard Rubicon.
 
Advertisement

Tazer JL - Z Automotive
 
Advertisement
Top