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Old 03-20-2017, 08:03 PM   #16
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I used to love landrover back when they looked more like this:


The newer ones just don't appeal to me. Kind of expensive too I'm not really interested in getting back into car payments.

The 4 runner is nice. The jeep appeals to me most though because you can strip the doors and roof off it in the Summer. There is also no end to after market parts for the jeep. As for driving all over... I'm retiring in the next 2 years and need something for some serious Winter driving. Plan on spending a lot more time at the cottage in the Winter and they don't plow the roads all the way in.

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Given your stage in life....

Stock Rubi would be perfect, snow tires for winter driving. Concern I'd have (For you..), with a non Rubi, after market selectable lockers, finding someone knowledgeable, not only for installing but maintenance too.
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Stock Rubi would be perfect, snow tires for winter driving. Concern I'd have (For you..), with a non Rubi, after market selectable lockers, finding someone knowledgeable, not only for installing but maintenance too.
That's not a problem. I do all my own work.
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I'm only 56!
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I just sold my 2004 TJ rubicon last year that I hadn't since new. Didn't really need the rubicon package as I never took it off road, (pause to hear the laughter). It was more like a summer ride to replace my Harley. When you look at how much stuff is in the rubicon package and price it all out as if you bought it aftermarket, it's not a bad deal. Besides the Dana 44's front and rear, and the lockers, the u-joints, driveshafts, and the like were all heavy duty items. When I bought it, the brochure claimed that it was the heaviest duty Jeep they had ever offered. The diff locks only working in low range shouldn't be an issue. If it's that bad out that you have to engage them, you're probably not going that fast anyway. Resale with a rubicon makes a difference too. When I did put it up for sale, using Craig's list, it sold in less than a week for what I asked for it.
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Well, we decided on a rubicon. They didn't have one in the city that I liked so we built/ordered one from the factory. The only downer is an 8 to 12 week wait time for the build. That's a little long!

Question though... can you mount a winch on the factory bumper or do I need a custom bumper?
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For the money, the Rubicon is the best value out there....

D44's front and rear...electric locking diff's. 4:1 Transfer case.

If you a jeep and make all those mods? It will cost you more.
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I just sold my 2004 TJ rubicon last year that I hadn't since new. Didn't really need the rubicon package as I never took it off road, (pause to hear the laughter). It was more like a summer ride to replace my Harley. When you look at how much stuff is in the rubicon package and price it all out as if you bought it aftermarket, it's not a bad deal. Besides the Dana 44's front and rear, and the lockers, the u-joints, driveshafts, and the like were all heavy duty items. When I bought it, the brochure claimed that it was the heaviest duty Jeep they had ever offered. The diff locks only working in low range shouldn't be an issue. If it's that bad out that you have to engage them, you're probably not going that fast anyway. Resale with a rubicon makes a difference too. When I did put it up for sale, using Craig's list, it sold in less than a week for what I asked for it.
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Apparently you can change that with the Superchips Flashcal F5. It allows you to change some of the programming an the locking diffs in high or low is one of those options.



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