Serious off-roaders don’t waste money on the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
the jeep Cowboy Rubicon is the most capable version of the legendary 4×4 SUV. Still, some serious off-roaders wanting to modify their Jeeps don’t bother with the Rubicon trim. Indeed, there’s no reason to splurge on this Jeep with its off-road-ready running gear if you’re planning on replacing most of it with aftermarket parts anyway.
The 2022 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
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Jeep designed its Wrangler Rubicon with one goal in mind: a factory-built 4×4 capable of navigating California’s grueling Rubicon Trail. The result is a cool and capable headlight trim. The 2022 Wrangler Rubicon comes with 33-inch tires and electronically locking differentials in its two Dana 44 axles.
But the Rubicon is as expensive as it gets. The two-door 2022 Rubicon has an MSRP of $41,795. The four-door Rubicon Unlimited fetches over $45,000. Obviously, opting it for 35-inch tires or a 4.88 rear axle gear ratio will further increase its price.
Right now, the new Wrangler Rubicon 392 is making headlines. This Rubicon Unlimited with an automatic transmission comes with Dodge’s factory-installed 6.4-liter (392 cu in) HEMI V8. This 470-horsepower engine is the same one you’ll find in Grand Wagoneer, Ram heavy-duty trucks, and Charger and Challenger “Scat Pack” muscle cars.
The premium powertrain adds big numbers to the Wrangler Rubicon’s power and price. The Wrangler Rubicon 392 starts at $74,995. That’s $10,000 more than an all-new Challenger Hellcat.
Some serious off-roaders don’t care about the Wrangler Rubicon
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There is a group of people who have no interest in splurging on factory-fitted electronic locking differentials. These are the people who plan to upgrade their Jeep’s axles as soon as they buy it anyway. Off-roaders that install larger axles usually won’t even use electronic locking differentials, as it’s common to install an air compressor and air lockers at the same time.
Why would you need bigger axles? If you want more rubber than the 35-inch tires available on the Wrangler, most aftermarket Jeep builders would also suggest upgrading to the Dana 44s. Also, if you plan on doing a lot of off-road punishment, going up or down steep hills at low speeds for maximum torque, you have a chance of breaking a stock axle shaft. An axle upgrade gives some off-road riders peace of mind.
If you’re considering installing a lift kit and replacing the axles on your new Wrangler with heavy-duty units, you’re probably looking for the cheapest Wrangler you can find because you’ll be upgrading it yourself. But some lifted Jeep Wrangler builders insist on one surprising feature: power door locks.
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Camp Crocker is the owner of COP4x4 in Phoenix, Arizona. He prides himself on building some of the most extreme Jeeps around: his personal vehicle is a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited on 54-inch tires, capable of going down the highway.
Because Crocker replaces the axles and engine on his Jeeps, he doesn’t worry about high donors over 100,000 miles. He said AcceleratorExtreme that he’s looking for well-used, low-cost Wrangler Unlimited SUVs with one luxury: the power window and door lock package.
You can buy a stripped-down Jeep Wrangler Unlimted with crank windows and manual door locks. But Crocker knows that once he lifts the 14-inch Jeep to install 54-inch tires, he won’t want to get back in because he forgot to lock all four doors or put all four in place. Windows.
Crocker is a fan of the “crawler” low-speed gears in a Wrangler Rubicon. But instead of buying a Rubicon donor Jeep, he buys a cheaper Jeep, then finds a Rubicon in a junkyard and buys its transfer case for his project.
Are you curious about Crocker’s builds? See his Jeep Wrangler “Kraken” smash a Toyota Camry in the video below:
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