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Rubicon Fighter

Posted in How To on November 1, 2012 Comment (0)
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Rubicon Fighter

We don’t know about you, but a newish JK Rubicon ain’t fitting in our magazine editor budget. Maybe that’s good since the reports of Rubicon Dana 44s suffering from bending, worn ball joints, and expensive locker failures abound. And the Rubicon’s 4:1 Rock-Track T-case is too low for many types of wheeling. Perhaps it’s just us, but even if we could afford a new JK, we doubt we’d check that expensive Rubicon option box at the dealer.

One way we could save some weight is to sell the hardtop and doors and go to a Bikini top when weather allows. During those weather-eventful times, we’d run a Bestop Trektop (PN 56804) and two-piece front doors (PN 51798). We’d save weight with these parts and don’t mind the noise and slight inconveniences that come with the soft-top and doors. It’s part of the Jeep experience and something that we are used to—like how a Harley rider expects wind in his face.
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What would we do? Well, while a ’12 JK Rubicon would be nice, a ’07 X is much closer to our budget. A quick search in our area yielded a brand new ’12 JK Rubicon two-door for $33,000 and an ’08 two-door JK X for just $15,000. We can do a lot with $17,000. Like pay down a mortgage. We could also use a fraction of that cash to build our X into something that would easily hang with a stock Rubi off-road.

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Sources

Bestop
Broomfield, CO 80038
800-845-3567
www.bestop.com
Bilstein
Poway, CA 92064
858-386-5900
http://www.bilsteinus.com
Poly Performance
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
805-783-2060
www.polyperformance.com
Advance Adapters
Paso Robles, CA 93446
800-350-2223
www.advanceadapters.com
King Shocks
Garden Grove, CA 92840
714-530-8701
www.kingshocks.com
TeraFlex
Murray, UT 84107
801-288-2585
www.teraflex.biz
Fox Racing Shox
Watsonville, CA 95076
619-768-1800
www.ridefox.com
Master Pull
Bellingham, WA 98226
877-797-0202
http://www.masterpull.com
Off Road Evolution
Fullerton, CA 92833
714-870-5515
www.offroadevolution.com

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