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Rubicon Fighter

Posted in How To on November 1, 2012
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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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