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Good find. While not cheap, the base sport is closest in spirit to the original Wrangler. It is much better equipped than my '94 YJ SE, which was almost top-of-the-line at the time.

At the end of the article was this link which was a nice bonus:

https://www.caranddriver.com/flipbo...y-of-the-jeep-wrangler-from-1986-to-present#1
Aye. I give Jeep props for retaining a bare bones model with manual windows, locks, just generally the everyman model. Makes a great platform to strip down as well.

They might have catered to the rich this time around, but a blue collar worker can still afford a basic Wrangler. There's something to be said for that.

I can afford a loaded model no sweat, but I'm still going for a 2 door sport manual. Less distractions, more pure open air touring and offroading.
 

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Aye. I give Jeep props for retaining a bare bones model with manual windows, locks, just generally the everyman model. Makes a great platform to strip down as well.

They might have catered to the rich this time around, but a blue collar worker can still afford a basic Wrangler. There's something to be said for that.

I can afford a loaded model no sweat, but I'm still going for a 2 door sport manual. Less distractions, more pure open air touring and offroading.
"I'm your huckleberry". 2-Door Sport is the way to go, go , go, etc.
 

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"I'm your huckleberry". 2-Door Sport is the way to go, go , go, etc.
same - got a sport s so that i can customize random stuff like bumpers and wheels, and it’s still capable, right?
 

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same - got a sport s so that i can customize random stuff like bumpers and wheels, and it’s still capable, right?
A base Sport is more offroad capable than most Rubicon buyers would ever use their rigs for. The Rubicon might be more capable, but lesser models are still extremely capable.
 

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A base Sport is more offroad capable than most Rubicon buyers would ever use their rigs for. The Rubicon might be more capable, but lesser models are still extremely capable.
right - and the sport tires are the ones that used to come on the rubicon, and the axles too i think. i’ll be in rocks and gravel near a beach and woods, unlikely to go bouldering
 

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A base Sport is more offroad capable than most Rubicon buyers would ever use their rigs for. The Rubicon might be more capable, but lesser models are still extremely capable.
I ordered a Rubicon Unlimited, but this statement is very true. The 07 2 door JK I have was very capable after adding 33” MTs.
 

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they could offer a "stripper" model for serious offroaders as theres still more JUNK on the basic model than needed or wanted IMO!!
 

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A base Sport is more offroad capable than most Rubicon buyers would ever use their rigs for. The Rubicon might be more capable, but lesser models are still extremely capable.
I've had many eye opening experiences that made me respect the Jeeps. Far more capable than you know, but lets not fool ourselves. You buy a sport and you will eventually spend more than a Rubicon upgrading bits here and there. That is, if you wheel with the nutters.

If you just want to explore and have fun, then do it. Any Wrangler will bring years of smiles. I recommend topless. (Just bring a wet bag with rain gear and extra socks.)
 
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Aye. I give Jeep props for retaining a bare bones model with manual windows, locks, just generally the everyman model. Makes a great platform to strip down as well.

They might have catered to the rich this time around, but a blue collar worker can still afford a basic Wrangler. There's something to be said for that.

I can afford a loaded model no sweat, but I'm still going for a 2 door sport manual. Less distractions, more pure open air touring and offroading.
Me too. I'll be getting a 2-dr. Sport S (a/c, p/w, p/l) V6 manual shift, ltd slip, trailer towing, deluxe soft top. alpine sound system, XM, and the opt. Rubicon steel bumpers avail. from from the Mopar performance catalog.
 
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You buy a sport and you will eventually spend more than a Rubicon upgrading bits here and there.
Huh? This comment makes no sense whatsoever. Most who buy a Jeep, be it sport, sahara or rubicon, spend $$$$ upgrading. Almost the exact oposite of what you've said is true. With Rubicon buyers selling their takoff items it;s dirt cheap to upgrade a sport.

I had no interest at all in the bells and whistles the Rubicon had to offer so I went sport. There are a few things I wanted from the Rubicon though. Wheels (I like them) rock rails and the front fender flares.

I bought take off wheels for $600 and bought takeoff rock rails for $140. $740 total, At some point when Rubicon owners start upgrading their fender flares I'll snag those.

If someone want to upgrade their sport suspension you can easily snag a rubicon take off for $300 after the rubicon owner shells out $1200 for the mopar lift...

My point? Everyone (most) upgrade their Jeep regardless of which model they buy..
 
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Huh? This comment makes no sense whatsoever. Most who buy a Jeep, be it sport, sahara or rubicon, spend $$$$ upgrading. Almost the exact oposite of what you've said is true. With Rubicon buyers selling their takoff items it;s dirt cheap to upgrade a sport.

I had no interest at all in the bells and whistles the Rubicon had to offer so I went sport. There are a few things I wanted from the Rubicon though. Wheels (I like them) rock rails and the front fender flares.

I bought take off wheels for $600 and bought takeoff rock rails for $140. $740 total, At some point when Rubicon owners start upgrading their fender flares I'll snag those.

If someone want to upgrade their sport suspension you can easily snag a rubicon take off for $300 after the rubicon owner shells out $1200 for the mopar lift...

My point? Everyone (most) upgrade their Jeep regardless of which model they buy..
The Sport S I'm getting is $10k less than a Rubicon. It still will have std. a/c, p/w, p/l, alloys, and $3,500 worth of options including. trailer tow, ltd slip,, all terr.tires, alpine system, xm radio, deluxe top, even adding the Rubicon optional steel bumpers for an additional $2k brings the total to about $10k less than a Rubicon. I'm not going off road and I don't need such low gearing and rock-climbing suspension and tires, and I don't want the luxury features of an Escalade either.
 

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I think you miss my point, but I'm not knocking the Sport. Even the base Unicorn is an outstanding off road beast with personality.

To some, the extra you get with the Rubicon is worth it. That is all.

Happy trails. :jk:
 
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