Rubicon vs. Sport S

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So I can either get a Rubicon then put 35's on it and a level kit or a Sport S Mopar lift, rims and 35's, and front bumper and winch. With those two options what would you do? It is 90% daily driver. The off roading won't be anything too crazy. Old logging and mining roads in the mountains in Wyoming, hunting, and getting to fly fishing spots. Thanks for any help.
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Well, what’s your budget? What other options are you interested in?
 

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As you describe it, the Sport S should work and give you a more complete Jeep. If you expect to need lockers or ever would want larger than a 35” tire, I would go Rubicon.
 

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So I can either get a Rubicon then put 35's on it and a level kit or a Sport S Mopar lift, rims and 35's, and front bumper and winch. With those two options what would you do? It is 90% daily driver. The off roading won't be anything too crazy. Old logging and mining roads in the mountains in Wyoming, hunting, and getting to fly fishing spots. Thanks for any help.
I'm with @mwilk012, really comes down to budget. For the sake of argument, though, I'll assume you're pricing them out to be about the same.

If that's the case, I'd say it comes down to if you wanna mod or not. Modding is fun, but costly. If you don't want to be bothered modding, I'd go Rubi and not look back. If you think you'll wanna mod a lot, I'd take a hard look at the Sport S. For what you're doing, you don't need a winch, and that money could go into a few other fun mods (see the "What did you do TO your Jeep" thread for some ideas).
 
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I'm with @mwilk012, really comes down to budget. For the sake of argument, though, I'll assume you're pricing them out to be about the same.

If that's the case, I'd say it comes down to if you wanna mod or not. Modding is fun, but costly. If you don't want to be bothered modding, I'd go Rubi and not look back. If you think you'll wanna mod a lot, I'd take a hard look at the Sport S. For what you're doing, you don't need a winch, and that money could go into a few other fun mods (see the "What did you do TO your Jeep" thread for some ideas).
Budget is 50,000. I don't plan on doing any more mods. The Sport S with all of the add-ons I mentioned is the same price as the Rubicon with a leveling kit and 35's. I really do want the Jeep to be a little taller and more aggressive looking (that is my biggest goal) and I'm thinking that would be the Sport S. But I live at 6600ft and don't want to have to regear (especially not right away). I don't care whether it is an automatic or standard.
 

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depends on how much you will have into the sport, you may find out that just for a few grand more, you can get into a base rubicon.

sport s with lunchbox lockers, stage one lift and 35's, bumpers and a winch can be done on the cheap and still be just as capable as a rubicon.
 
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depends on how much you will have into the sport, you may find out that just for a few grand more, you can get into a base rubicon.

sport s with lunchbox lockers, stage one lift and 35's, bumpers and a winch can be done on the cheap and still be just as capable as a rubicon.
This is what I was looking for. What are lunchbox lockers? With the JL would i get more power with an automatic or manual? As far as off setting not getting new gears right away.
 
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depends on how much you will have into the sport, you may find out that just for a few grand more, you can get into a base rubicon.

sport s with lunchbox lockers, stage one lift and 35's, bumpers and a winch can be done on the cheap and still be just as capable as a rubicon.
I can get everything I mentioned on a Sport S with anti-slip rear, hard top, 7.0 screen apple play, cold weather group for 43,000 and a Rubicon stock with hard top same packages for anywhere between 42,000-44,000.
 

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So I can either get a Rubicon then put 35's on it and a level kit or a Sport S Mopar lift, rims and 35's, and front bumper and winch. With those two options what would you do? It is 90% daily driver. The off roading won't be anything too crazy. Old logging and mining roads in the mountains in Wyoming, hunting, and getting to fly fishing spots. Thanks for any help.
Sport S is more than adequate based on your stated light offroading. If budget is a concern, skip the winch and lockers. 95% of jeepers dont need them.
 

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I agree with others sounds like a Sport S is up your alley is the limited slip diff an option for the Sport S if so I think would be a desired option.
 

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With the Rubi you will pay for features you never need/use. We have a Dana 44 on the rear axle of the Sport S all the toys we could use hard top,rear 44 Dana, Anti slip, 7 inch, cold weather, A/T tires. We ended up around $39,000. We use the Sport and the Rubicon for business and go over a lot of dirt, gravel, large pot holes. There is only one place ever I went in the Rubicon that I don't think the Sport cold go and I would not go again even in the Rubicon. The road had switch back curves that turned the Jeep side ways. 4 of those switch backs in 1 mile. I thought I was going to flip.
 
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Thank you everyone. I had a 2012 Rubicon and used the lockers once. All it did was get me more stuck. I will go with the Sport S. Again I appreciate everyones input.
 

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If I could only have one or the other, I’d take the limited slip rear with front winch over the two factory lockers any day. The lockers have value but are not the end all be all of recovery. Used in some situations they just get you deeper into the problem as noted. But you described using it for back roads, over landing, getting to fishing holes. The solo back country kind of use and not hard core trail or rock climbing with a group type of use. A good winch with recovery gear can get you out of a jam. Especially when on back roads getting to fishing holes alone.

Sport s with rubicon lift, 33” tires, limited slip rear Dana 44, and warn winch here. And ended up much cheaper than similar rubicon.
 

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If I could only have one or the other, I’d take the limited slip rear with front winch over the two factory lockers any day. The lockers have value but are not the end all be all of recovery. Used in some situations they just get you deeper into the problem as noted. But you described using it for back roads, over landing, getting to fishing holes. The solo back country kind of use and not hard core trail or rock climbing with a group type of use. A good winch with recovery gear can get you out of a jam. Especially when on back roads getting to fishing holes alone.

Sport s with rubicon lift, 33” tires, limited slip rear Dana 44, and warn winch here. And ended up much cheaper than similar rubicon.
Sounds like a great set up-have a few pics?
 
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