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2003 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon - 4X News

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Christian Lee | Writer
Posted December 1, 2002

Wrangler Rubicon Price Tag
Jeep has named its price. The company's newly introduced Wrangler Rubicon will be offered with a window sticker starting at $24,995. Starting? A bit high for the most Spartan of the Jeep line up. Where are the options? Well, consider this. With the Rubicon, Jeep is setting a new standard in what's considered a standard option. While most may think of air conditioning, Jeep thinks front and rear Dana 44 axles stuffed with Tru-Lok differentials. Some think leather power seats; Jeep thinks Rock-Trac 4:1 Low-range transfer case. We like how these guys think.

Only 8,000 units of the Rubicon Wrangler are being produced for the '03 model year, all of which will be sold in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The Rubicon will also be covered under the same seven year/70,000-mile limited powertrain warranty applicable to the other Jeep Wrangler models. The warranty covers components including engines, transmissions/transaxles, transfer cases, and axles, and is fully transferable to subsequent owners at no extra cost. Other standard items offered on the Wrangler Rubicon include 31-inch MT/R tires and diamond-plate doorsill protectors. All Jeep Wranglers are built in the U.S.A. at DaimlerChrysler's Toledo, Ohio, Stickney Avenue assembly plant.

Toys For Tot's 'Wheels Paragon
In an effort to ensure a great holiday season for all children, Blue Mountain Jeep Alliance (BMJA) of Pennsylvania is hosting its 7th annual Toys for Tots Jeep Run at Paragon Adventure Park in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. BMJA asks all participants to bring a new toy or donation to kickoff the local USMC Reserve toy drive. The event will start November 2 at the Park and then move to Reading Municipal Stadium in Reading, Pennsylvania, on November 3 for a parade of vehicles through the city to deliver the collected toys and donations to the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. Paragon Adventure Park is stepping up as well, only charging a $15 per vehicle entry fee for use of its facilities when accompanied by a donation of a new, non-gift-wrapped toy. Paragon consists of 15,000 acres of land dedicated to the sport of four-wheeling. It is centrally located ear metropolitan areas such as Philadelphia and New York City.

One of the largest all-Jeep off-road clubs in the U.S., BMJA offers monthly trail rides and events and encourages all 4x4 enthusiasts and clubs to participate in Toys for Tots programs. The Toys for Tots program was adopted by the USMC in 1948 and is designed to bring holiday joy to those children who otherwise may not experience it. For more information about the BMJA Toys for Tots Jeep Run, contact George Aupperlee at yjgeorge@fast.net or visit the Web site at www.bmja.org.

Black Diamond Is Back
After a brief hiatus from the aftermarket suspension manufacturing game, Black Diamond Advanced Off-Road Equipment is back, offering its ever-popular Xtreme Coil Link (XCL) kits for Jeep CJs and YJs in addition to performance suspension systems for most makes and models of four-wheel-drive trucks and SUVs. Building upon its deep roots within the suspension industry, Black Diamond reemerges as a division of Woods Ready Distributing Inc. located in West Monroe, Louisiana, an area rich in off-road suspension culture, Black Diamond suspension products are said to be designed to perform in the most demanding off-road conditions while maintaining on road performance and ride characteristics. Computer-modeled lift system brackets and hardware are CNC-machined for accuracy, and the coil and leaf springs are engineered with durability and driveability in mind. For more information about Black Diamond suspension systems and accessories, check out the Web site at www.blackdiamondoffroad.com or call (866) 680-6666.

California Land Grab Affects All Ohvs
The U.S. Congress is considering legislation that seeks to close nearly 2.5 million acres of California public lands currently used by off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts. Introduced by U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), the California Wild Heritage Act of 2002 would reclassify these lands as wilderness areas, in turn closing hundreds of miles of existing roads and trails. Federal law currently bans motorized OHVs from designated wilderness areas. Two companion bills, the Southern California Wild Heritage Wilderness Act (H.R. 4947) and the Northern Heritage Wilderness Act (H.R. 4948), sponsored by Reps. Hilda Solis (D-CA) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) respectively, have also been introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives.

OHV users are already banned from 21 percent of California's national forest land and 25 percent of California's U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land. If passed into law, these bills would seriously limit the area currently used by off-road enthusiasts. These bills also discriminate against handicapped, disabled, and elderly outdoor enthusiasts who can't feasibly participate in backcountry recreation without the assistance of motorized vehicles. Passage of such bills would negatively impact OHV parts manufacturers, distributors, and installation and repair shops, not to mention the small, rural California communities that rely heavily upon the money that OHV recreation brings into local economies.

As an OHV user, no matter where you live, it is your responsibility to alert your local U.S. senator and representative to tell him or her that you oppose California Wild Heritage Wilderness legislation (S. 2535, H.R. 4947, and H.R. 4948). You can do this by sending letters via mail, fax, or e-mail to your elected officials. To find the contact information for your member of congress, call the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Washington, D.C. office at (202) 783-6007 or access the information via the Internet at www.enjoythedrive.comlegislative/contact_legislator.asp. You'll also find information on how to lobby elected officials and letter writing guidelines. Another helpful site can be found at www.crowley-offroad.com.

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