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Rubicon TJ: 2000 Jeep Wrangler

Not a TJ Rubicon, This Wrangler’s Built by Rubicon Express to be Better than a Rubicon

Phil HowellPhotographer, Writer

Rubicon Express was the first company to introduce a TJ long-arm suspension system (TJLA). When its Extreme Duty Rear Radius Arm system was developed, it upgraded its silver TJ to appear at the Off-Road Expo and SEMA, as well as on the trail to showcase the new suspension.

The Rubicon TJ has proven itself capable on the toughest trails in the West. The front and rear long radius arms work together to deliver a stable platform that is confidence inspiring when climbing steep obstacles or negotiating tough technical rocky trails. Rubicon Express has always had great spring rates, and this suspension is no exception. Neither too stiff nor too soft, RE coils supply a smooth, controlled ride in concert with the RE monotube gas-charged shocks and Light Racing air bumps.

AEV’s Highline Hood kit includes new hood and fenders to allow 37-inch tires to be used with a minimum of lift. AEV includes wider fender flares that work as an integral part of the Highline Kit.

The front bumper from Metal Cloak is a modular system. The bumper can be configured to the taste and needs of the owner. RE chose to make their Metal Cloak bumper narrow with integrated fairlead and winch mount for a Warn 9.5ti winch. The Hanson rocker guards and rear bumper with tire carrier look great and keep the TJ protected on the Rubicon Trail. A Rock Hard Sport Cage keeps driver and passengers protected.

Mopar/Dynatrac JK Rubicon Dana 44 for TJ front and rear ends are sized for the TJ Wrangler. An NVG241OR Rubicon transfer case works just as well in the Rubicon TJ as it does in OE Jeep Rubicons.

Rubicon Express’ Rubicon TJ has the best the Jeep Rubicon offers. The ELockers work in any range and the front axle tubes are stronger than stock OE Rubicons. RE’s Extreme Duty TJLA suspension system makes this TJ great. The Rubicon TJ isn’t a TJ Rubicon. It’s better.

Vehicle: 2000 TJ Wrangler
Engine: 4.0L I-6
Induction: MPFI
Transmission: 999 Torqueflite automatic overdrive
Transfer case/low range ratio: NVG241OR Rock-Trac/4.0:1
Front End: Mopar/Dynatrac JK Rubicon Dana 44 for TJ
Rear End: Mopar/Dynatrac JK Rubicon Dana 44 for TJ
Front Differential: Jeep E-Locker
Rear Differential: Jeep E-Locker
Suspension: Rubicon Express Extreme Duty Long Radius Arm Suspension System
Tires: 37x14.00-17LT Interco IROK
Wheels/Backspacing: 17x8 Walker Evans Racing beadlocks/4 inches