Thinking of getting a JL Wrangler. Few questions.

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The stock rubi rims look great, but the problem I was having is that being in Texas the rocks were chewing them up, if they had a bash ring things would be different though. As for the steel rims I did not want the weight on my JL, but knowing how durable they are on tractors i think they are the best pick for off-road.
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OP, I wanted a stripped down Jeep too and went with a base Sport. Roll up windows, manual locks, but I do have AC and an automatic transmission. I figured in certain off road situations, having the automatic transmission would be easier.
The open diffs and 'brake lock differential' are plenty for me. It's gone up stuff that I didn't think would have been possible without a 'more capable' rig.
 
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OP, I wanted a stripped down Jeep too and went with a base Sport. Roll up windows, manual locks, but I do have AC and an automatic transmission. I figured in certain off road situations, having the automatic transmission would be easier.
The open diffs and 'brake lock differential' are plenty for me. It's gone up stuff that I didn't think would have been possible without a 'more capable' rig.
I'm definitely considering the AC, but I'll be getting a manual for sure. I've offroad with a manual Xterra before, it's not bad.
 

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Another vote for the stripped down Jeep. I got mine with no A/C or power windows. And personally I prefer the manual off road, the autos have a nasty habit of shifting at the wrong time.
It's also a better place to start for a build. I can use my lockers in 4HI if I want, a Rubi can't. I didn't pay extra for a higher suspension or steel bumpers just to pull it out and replace it. I could go on but some people here will get offended 😉
 

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Another vote for the stripped down Jeep. I got mine with no A/C or power windows. And personally I prefer the manual off road, the autos have a nasty habit of shifting at the wrong time.
It's also a better place to start for a build. I can use my lockers in 4HI if I want, a Rubi can't. I didn't pay extra for a higher suspension or steel bumpers just to pull it out and replace it. I could go on but some people here will get offended 😉
There are a lot of times I wish I had a stripped down jeep instead of my well equipped JLUR. I definitely would have made some different choices on where the money goes instead of the very good, but standard, choices Jeep makes. There is just something awesome about a manual Jeep, minimal electrics, an open top, and no doors.

Unfortunately, having a 2 & 5 year old forces a different approach so a vehicle everyone enjoys means more equipment. I don't think the OP can go wrong whatever they choose, just get out a use whatever you get!
 

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Another vote for the stripped down Jeep. I got mine with no A/C or power windows. And personally I prefer the manual off road, the autos have a nasty habit of shifting at the wrong time.
It's also a better place to start for a build. I can use my lockers in 4HI if I want, a Rubi can't. I didn't pay extra for a higher suspension or steel bumpers just to pull it out and replace it. I could go on but some people here will get offended 😉
Jeff, I’ve never had a problem at all with my auto shifting at the wrong times off-road. Besides, it’s a manumatic - you can manually shift it on and off-road. If you are rock crawling, it only makes sense to use it in that mode. I have to tell you, this automatic has been awesome!

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There are a lot of times I wish I had a stripped down jeep instead of my well equipped JLUR. I definitely would have made some different choices on where the money goes instead of the very good, but standard, choices Jeep makes. There is just something awesome about a manual Jeep, minimal electrics, an open top, and no doors.

Unfortunately, having a 2 & 5 year old forces a different approach so a vehicle everyone enjoys means more equipment. I don't think the OP can go wrong whatever they choose, just get out a use whatever you get!
There’s absolutely NOTHING wrong with buying a Rubi. I just couldn’t justify the expense down here in Florida for the kind of wheeling I do, and besides, I have traversed obstacles some of my Rubi brothers couldn’t. Sugar sand and mud can be VERY problematic. Then again, I was a four-wheeling redneck in an FJ40 when I was young, then joined the Army for thirty years. I have a TON of off-road experience I have gained in four decades in a plethora of rigs. Heck, I was driving my first car, a sports car, off-road before I got the TLC.

I have read about many Rubi owners installing manual sway bar end links on their rigs to manually disconnect. Do you get more flex with that than electronically disconnecting, I wonder? (I know that most do that because of issues with the electric version on the Rubi.)
 

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Eyeballing the obstacle, knowing which nannies to turn off and when, what 4x4 mode to use, maintaining the right momentum and wheel speed at the right time, and of course what line to pick, is essential regardless of whether it’s a Sport or a Rubi.

Also, you have to know when to bypass. If you are new to off-roading, ask more experienced folks you are wheeling with how to traverse various obstacles and follow their advice if you trust them. Don’t wheel with a bunch of fools if you are new to it.
 

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Eyeballing the obstacle, knowing which nannies to turn off and when, what 4x4 mode to use, maintaining the right momentum and wheel speed at the right time, and of course what line to pick, is essential regardless of whether it’s a Sport or a Rubi.

Also, you have to know when to bypass. If you are new to off-roading, ask more experienced folks you are wheeling with how to traverse various obstacles and follow their advice if you trust them. Don’t wheel with a bunch of fools if you are new to it.
^^^ This is great advice. Having a good spotter goes a long way in being successful.
 

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My Willys, according to the VIN website, has a Dana M186 Front Axle and a Dana M220 rear axle.

To the OP, I too was going to build my Wrangler the way I wanted it and order it. Even with the stripped down version they were quoting me 36,000. Sitting on the lot was the very well equipped Willys that I ended up getting with a sticker price of 39,000.
 

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Yes! I'm a fan of the stock wheels, too, especially the blacked-out Rubicon version the Moab had, but don't care for how 1250 tires wear on 7.5" rims.

Looks like Quadratec finally has an 8.5" wide copy, including a style in all black. I want them badly, but $200 seems a tad steep. Hopefully, they'll have a sale or discount after the new year.
The sales are definitely worth waiting for. I paid $113/each for my set around a cyber Monday last year.

Excellent quality, very happy with my Hard Rock Quadratec wheels
 

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Be honest with yourself and think about whether or not you will ever use the lockers on a rubicon. You only need them for rock crawling stuff that's hard to walk over. If you're not going to ever do that kind of stuff, save yourself 20k and get a sport.
 

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The Dana M220 is also called the “new generation” Dana 44 by Jeep
 

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Be honest with yourself and think about whether or not you will ever use the lockers on a rubicon. You only need them for rock crawling stuff that's hard to walk over. If you're not going to ever do that kind of stuff, save yourself 20k and get a sport.
Not sure how you're getting to 20k on the difference but I see your point, getting things you know you're not going to use my be overkill. I'd throw out that another good reason for getting the Rubi is the gearing, since you get the 4.10 ratio. If you want to run 37s, or even 35s without losing your overdrive ratios, getting the higher ratio will make a definite impact without having to regear.

If you strip away the appearance stuff, the 3 big advantages of the Rubi are the lockers, axles, and transmission. If you want/need these 3 upgrades then the Rubi will get you there cheaper compared to getting a Sport and upgrading to that level.
 
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