Reconsidering the 2019 JL Rubicon - Anyone Else?

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  1. MORTON

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    I wouldn’t put even 35’s on my Sport without re-gearing lol

    Running 33’s right now no issues though :)
     
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    A Rubicon should be bought for function, not looks. It’s really easy to make a Sport or Sahara look how you want. It’s a lot harder/more expensive to make them function like a Rubicon between the 44 up front/sway bar/lockers/4.10s/fitting 35s stock.

    Here’s a picture of my Sport S with 285-70-17 tires. Since then I’ve changed the emblems to black. Looks great and rides perfectly for my needs, I couldn’t be happier. I’m sure I would’ve been happy with a Rubicon, but I would’ve been too content with how it is out of the factory rather than do exactly what I want. In a few years I’ll regear to 4.56 or 4.88 and get larger Duratracs.

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    Sport S here and super happy:like:

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    I did the opposite this time. My last Jeep was a 2013 JKU base Sport. Nothing in it except Uconnect. Everything manual. I knew I wanted to build it like I wanted and put the dollars and time into it. I did most work myself and ballpark this is what it cost me. Tires and wheels $1800, 2” lift $1200 (fairly complete with track bars and lower control arms to make geometry was correct), steel bumpers $1100, rock rails $600, fenders $800, and then finally gearing and a limited slip (Eaton) in the rear at $2000ish because all that extra stuff made the Jeep a dog with 3.21 gears and I wanted/needed limited slip for additional traction. I did all the work except the gearing, It would have cost a lot more if I had to pay for labor, but mostly when I needed help I paid for pizza and beer.

    This time I decided to not do that and buy the best capable Jeep off the lot and have a 2019 JL Rubicon. I couldn’t be happier with my decision, but I also need/want the off road capabilities. If you don’t need them, they are a waste. I put a lot more into my JKU then I listed since I did use it heavily off road, but what I listed above is what I think it would take to make a Sport look like a Rubicon. You can stretch your dollars further by just simply buying Rubicon take-offs as those owners upgrade as well.
     
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    One thing y’all need to remember, is that a manufacturer needs to sell a lot of units to justify the economics of an upgraded / off road edition / trim level of a vehicle.

    If FCA only sold Rubicons to people who routinely use all the upgraded off road features, the package would be more expensive, less feature rich, or not exist at all.

    Think of that, before you turn your nose up at people who don’t “look” like they know what a ring and pinion is.
     
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    I’ve stayed away from a Rubi as I would have no use as a daily commuter and tow machine in boat ramps. It sees mud and water but not the off-road trails for fun type. In Canada, that ruin is 60-65k. Got my sport s unlimited for 41k. I’ll do the small mods I like to keep my 25mpg.
     
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    Maybe a Honda Pilot with the blackout package is more your speed?
     
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    You can’t really cruise with the top down on a Honda Pilot though, so I doubt that is what the OP is looking for.
     
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    Another thing to keep in mind is the Rubicon will hold better resale value. The 2dr Wranglers are scarce and I bet in 3-4 yrs the 2dr will no longer be in production. Breaks my heart.
     
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    Apparently not Jeep people. A Pilot will drive more to there liking. Lord forbid if they had bought a TJ.


    Bite you tongue! #2doorsforever
     
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    Actually that’s not true. We did an entire thread on this and found out that down the line they end being almost the same value. Within 2k of each other.
     
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    Plus, we aren't paying for all those bells and whistles:like:
     
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    #28 Jul 15, 2019
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    Seems to me the OP would likely be no better off had they bought the Sport, consdiering #1 and #3 cancel themselves out. They clearly don't understand tires and gear ratios and how they affect gas mileage.

    In short, they bought something that didn't suit their needs opting for something that stroked their ego. We all do it. Hell, I've bought one of the most impractical vehicles ever made....

    When you buy a vehicle that is completely impractical you have to decide if it fills a special role or just has a special meaning to you. If not, there's nothing wrong with admitting it and moving on. Now that the initial infatuation has worn off, it sounds like a good time to reevaluate whether or not the Jeep is still their best choice, but from where I sit, it doesn't sound like the Sport would be much of an improvement over their Rubicon considering it would still have all but #4 of the issues they listed if they follow through with doing #3.
     
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    Not what I've found in my area....BUT...asking price isn't negotiated price either.
     
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    Idk, i have rubi tires and still get decent mpg. The rubi is quite a bit heavier than sport and the gears makes a difference as well.

    Im in the opposite boat as OP. I wish i would have lied,cheated,stole and schemed to come up with the extra $10-12k to get into a Rubi since it would certainly fit my needs better. Too bad they dont make a stripper version of the rubi. A hardcore, stripped version if you will. Roll up windows and lockers.

    Jeep knows what theyre doing. I see a ton of JL Rubis everyday now. Most are probably pavement pounders/commuters but they keep the Rubi alive. Just like the Z06 (actually Z is worse since 99% will never see a track)

    One day i hope to be able to sit at the cool kids table :(
     
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