Why is a Sahara taller than my Rubicon?

Vinman

Well-Known Member
First Name
Vince
Joined
Oct 19, 2020
Messages
318
Reaction score
709
Location
Calgary, Alberta
Vehicle(s)
2021 JLU Rubicon
The Sahara is a 2.0 turbo 2020 and the Rubicon is 3.6 2021, both 4 doors, automatic and 100% stock with the exception of a winch with synthetic rope on the Rubicon. The winch lowered the front of the Jeep by less than than 1/2”
The Sahara sits 1/2” taller when measured at the headlights and almost 3/4” taller when measured at the door mirrors.
I would have thought the Rubicon would sit taller considering the taller tires.
Advertisement

 

aldo98229

Well-Known Member
First Name
Aldo
Joined
Nov 16, 2019
Messages
5,595
Reaction score
12,247
Location
Bellingham, WA
Vehicle(s)
2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara, 2018 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth
Occupation
Market Research
Vehicle Showcase
2
Hmmm...the Rubicon tires weren’t aired down...?
 

rustyshakelford

Well-Known Member
Rock Sponsor (Level 1)
First Name
Brett
Joined
Sep 14, 2018
Messages
2,425
Reaction score
2,916
Location
Navasota, TX
Vehicle(s)
2019 JLUR-8 speed 2020 F-350
Rubicon

72D38E24-57DE-4DA7-ADD6-1BAD90D167D7.jpeg
9450D213-E30C-4950-890D-2F62A9556E02.jpeg

Sahara
D5901C31-DD61-40C4-B96D-368602B297FA.jpeg
7BB91F79-B05A-4ECE-9B63-0B5842A01953.jpeg

Tires on both Jeeps are at street pressure
FD699BA1-3E9A-4F47-8EC0-48872C0ECBA5.jpeg
just looking at this pic, the rubi looks the advertised 1.25-1.5” taller. Would need to study up on the measurements more To understand what’s going on there.

brett
 
OP
OP
Vinman

Vinman

Well-Known Member
First Name
Vince
Joined
Oct 19, 2020
Messages
318
Reaction score
709
Location
Calgary, Alberta
Vehicle(s)
2021 JLU Rubicon
just looking at this pic, the rubi looks the advertised 1.25-1.5” taller. Would need to study up on the measurements more To understand what’s going on there.

brett
Huh? The Sahara mirrors are at about 50” and the Rubicon’s are about 49-1/8”
I get the steel bumpers weight it down a bit but shouldn’t the taller tires make up for that and then some?
 

rustyshakelford

Well-Known Member
Rock Sponsor (Level 1)
First Name
Brett
Joined
Sep 14, 2018
Messages
2,425
Reaction score
2,916
Location
Navasota, TX
Vehicle(s)
2019 JLUR-8 speed 2020 F-350
Huh? The Sahara mirrors are at about 50” and the Rubicon’s are about 49-1/8”
I get the steel bumpers weight it down a bit but shouldn’t the taller tires make up for that and then some?
looking at the last pic side by side, the rubicon looks taller. Dont understand the measurements though

brett
 

jdubya421

Well-Known Member
First Name
Jakob
Joined
Jul 24, 2019
Messages
516
Reaction score
621
Location
Greensboro, NC
Vehicle(s)
2020 Rubicon 2-Door MT V6
Build Thread
Link
Weirdly the curb weight of a Sahara is a bit heavier at 4263lbs vs Rubicon at 4160. I would guess the steel bumpers, possibly the weight of the additional things like electronic sway bar/4:1TC (don't know the weight difference vs selectrac), etc. Cargo? Gas level? Overall the roof should be higher because of the tire size difference.
 

aldo98229

Well-Known Member
First Name
Aldo
Joined
Nov 16, 2019
Messages
5,595
Reaction score
12,247
Location
Bellingham, WA
Vehicle(s)
2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara, 2018 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth
Occupation
Market Research
Vehicle Showcase
2
All I know is I parked my JLU Sahara next to a JKU Rubicon the other day, and realized for the first time how much bigger/taller JL is!
 

aldo98229

Well-Known Member
First Name
Aldo
Joined
Nov 16, 2019
Messages
5,595
Reaction score
12,247
Location
Bellingham, WA
Vehicle(s)
2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara, 2018 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth
Occupation
Market Research
Vehicle Showcase
2
Park on level ground first. Put a level on the roof...measure from the ground to the level (assuming your bubble in the level is showing level)

Rubi looks taller in your pics.
I think the Rubicon’s “high fenders” make it look taller at first glance. However, if you look at the headlights and hood, the Sahara does look higher.
 

JDub11

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 1, 2020
Messages
130
Reaction score
147
Location
Illinois
Vehicle(s)
2020 jl 2012jk
Was the tape measure square with the Ground? I garentee the concrete isn't perfectly level. Maybe your tape was in a dip, or on a bump. Did you have any cargo in the Rubicon. Were the gas tanks at the same level?
 

BrntWS6

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 19, 2018
Messages
1,149
Reaction score
1,302
Location
Land of the FOID
Vehicle(s)
2019 JLUS, 2002 WS6
I just measured my 2019 Sahara, its 50" to the bottom of the side mirrors with rubi take-offs. Everything else stock.

I am going to guess weight is a factor here. Do both have the BSG, I know that is quite heavy.
 
Advertisement

TopLift Pros
 
Advertisement
Top