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Best Even Better - 2010 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

Posted in Project Vehicles on July 1, 2010
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As you read this story, put your mind back eight years to when the media went into a frenzy over the announcement of the Rubicon package for the TJ Wrangler. "Best Jeep Ever!", "Finally!", and "Most Capable Jeep" were but some of the headlines, and they were all correct in 2003. At the time, it was the most off-road-capable Jeep ever.

Fast-forward eight years, and we got our hands on a Jeep that far surpasses the basic Rubicon. Sure, it is built on a Rubicon platform, but with a liberal application of the Mopar performance catalog, installation of a lift, bumpers, armor, winch, tires, DOT-compliant beadlocks, and more, this is the most capable off-the-lot Jeep ever. And we can say that because all the parts on this Jeep are available through your local dealership, won't affect your warranty, and can be wrapped into your payment plan.

We recently got two weeks of seat time in a two-door, soft-top '10 Wrangler Rubicon. We drove it from Southern California to Moab, Utah, and back for Easter Jeep Safari. We racked up over 3,000 miles, ran trails such as Fins N Things, Flat Iron Mesa, Mashed Potato, Steel Bender, and more. Going into it, we didn't really expect much more out of this Jeep than what a stock Rubicon would give. Boy, were we wrong.

As delivered, this Jeep has a short-arm 2-inch lift and 305/75R17 (about 34-inches) Goodyear MT/Rs. Mopar also offers a 4-inch short-arm and a 41/2-inch long-arm kit. The 2-inch lift is stable on-road, and performs great off-road. We followed Jeeps with 40-inch tires with no problems, and our winch was never needed for self-extraction, although we did help a couple others out. Also, we feel that these skinny metric tires are a great match for the strength of the stock axles. They are the right size for a Jeep driven on- and off-road. In our nine days of wheeling Moab, we never wished for a bigger tire. If we scraped, we'd engage the lockers. If we got hung up, we could back up and take a different line.

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The Price Sheet
Part Number Component(s) $MSRP Install (hrs) Total
82211715AB Mopar Off Road Bumper - Front $612 1.2 $708
82210401 Skid Plate - Front $254 0.5 $294
82209909AB Warn Winch 9500 XP $1,349 1.0 $1,429
82209744AD Mopar Off Road Bumper - Rear $558 0.8 $622
P5155349 "Mopar by AEV" Rear Corner Guards $402 0.6 $450
82210270AB Black Taillamp Guards (set) $132 0.2 $148
82210285 Black Fuel Door $111 0.2 $127
82210574AC Mopar Rock Rails (set) $572 1.0 $652
HELLA500 Off Road Lights (set, including wiring) $125 0.3 $149
82210556AB Off Road Lights - Mounting Bracket Kit $103 0.6 $151
82210104 Door Sill Guards (set) $25 0.2 $41
82210331AB Seat Covers - Front $226 0.4 $258
82210332 Seat Covers - Rear $166 0.4 $198
77KICK10 Kicker Rear Sound Bar Speakers (set) $79 0.3 $103
82210164 Slush Mats (set) $48 0.0 $48
82207660AB Grab Handle/Coat Hook (two kits) $33 0.2 $82
77060081 Cold Air Intake $359 0.7 $415
P5155208 2-inch Lift Kit $1,510 8.0 $2,150
659744RR Front Differential Cover $79 0.3 $103
659744RR Rear Differential Cover $79 0.3 $103
82210855 Mopar Beadlock Wheel (17x8.5) ( five wheels) $662 2.0 $3,470
NPN Tires - 305/75R17 Goodyear MT/R (puchased seperately) $307 home install $1,585
NPN Front 4.88 Gear Set (actual mopar pricing TBD - price as shown general market pricing for gears only $205 4.1 $533
NPN Rear 4.88 Gear Set $205 2.9 $437
Total $14,256


Auburn Hills, MI 48321

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