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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by parispete, Feb 11, 2019 at 4:52 PM.

  1. Feb 11, 2019 at 4:52 PM
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    parispete

    parispete [OP] Member

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    Hello everyone. I am headed all sorts of directions but I know one is back to a jeep. I had a 1975 Renegade CJ-5 back in the early 80's. Yes, I am old, 62 this year. I have had 4X4 pickups all this time but an hoping to retire and do new things. Jeep Wranglers have come a long way with the vehicle itself and the new parts and accessories is awesome. I am looking a 2 door that I can afford and be able to put it together the way I want it to look.
    I am wanting input on the best JK years, Is Rubicon really worth it?, lift kits vs. no lift kits?, and I have an idea of what I am looking to do with it, offroading, Camping, beaches, and driving long distances, tires 32 vs 33? and other stuff. I have until the winter to get it so I just want to know my best options. Thanks
     
  2. Feb 11, 2019 at 6:05 PM
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    IMO besides setting a "relatively firm" budget, stick with a later model JK with less miles in stock condition so you can spend more time jeeping rather than rebuilding. Rubi are worth it especially if the Rubi off-road features will be needed and used but they will command a higher price. There will be plenty of opportunities for lifts should you find the need and time for building your jeep as the stock configuration is quite capable too. Building your jeep to your specs is the fun part of J.E.E.P. (just empty every pocket)
     
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  3. Feb 11, 2019 at 9:50 PM
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    If 33s are your goal, you can run them on a stock JK with flat fenders. You won't need to spend a lot of money on a lift. Just a programmer to set your computer for the new size tires, flat fenders, and rims and tires. If you keep the original wheels you will likely need 1.5inch spacers.
     
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  4. Feb 11, 2019 at 10:54 PM
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    I heard that a 2013 Rubicon would be a good buy. I am having problems finding a 2 door hardtop? I can go to 36K but would like to stay closer to 25K? Question; why are there so many Sahara's for sale on good car sales sites like carfax, kbb, car gurus, car true or the like? I want to put some new fenders on it eventually like the originals but thinner looking and tough?? Is Sahara's an option? I doubt I ever climb rocks in Moab?
     
  5. Feb 12, 2019 at 5:28 AM
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    The Sahara model has more of the options for the daily driver. Gets a bunch of people into jeeps until they realize it isn't the "SUV" they want. Others decide they may want more capability and trade up. Really depends on what your plans are as the Sahara could be a great trail rig, mall crawler or DD.
     
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  6. Feb 12, 2019 at 6:03 AM
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    Hello Pete, welcome from Oklahoma.
     
  7. Feb 12, 2019 at 10:08 AM
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    Rubicon get:
    4:1 transfer case
    Electronic front sway bar disconnect
    Front and real electronic locking differentials
    4:10 gearing
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    Stock 32” tires

    All of this can be done aftermarket but you will end up paying cash for it vs finance when you buy a vehicle already equipped.
    If you want 33s the 4:10 gearing is perfect, the Jeep won’t feel underpowered on and off-road with the slightly larger tires. The 4:1 transfer case is amazing and paired with front and rear lockers makes it much harder to get yourself stuck.
     
  8. Feb 12, 2019 at 10:50 AM
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    What part of Oklahoma? I spent time working in Muskogee working at Fort Howard paper company. It is probably something else now. I was in my 20's and 62 now. Long time but I liked it there.
     
  9. Feb 12, 2019 at 10:55 AM
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    RC Jeep I read what you are saying and understand the gear ratio but I am no where close to the knowledge you have in the wrangler industry? I also had a 1987 Jeep Grand Wagoneer and pulled a 19foot Aqua sport center console. It was hard to work on? Off to get ice melt boys
     
  10. Feb 12, 2019 at 1:16 PM
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    I live north of OKC but am familiar with the Muskogee area as I spent many days at Camp Gruber.
     
  11. Feb 14, 2019 at 2:16 PM
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    Don't let not having a hard top stop you from buying a jeep. I bought my like new hard top for $800 for my 2009 JKU. They are out there for cheap if you look a while.
     
  12. Feb 14, 2019 at 2:28 PM
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    If you're on the East coast just wait until the Winter season is over. Once it gets warm the hard tops will start to pop up as jeepers want to get naked but have no place to store the hard top.
     
  13. Feb 15, 2019 at 11:09 AM
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    So what about the power source to the brake light in the hardtop? I think I can get away with a 2017 used Rubicon if all works out for retirement. What would be a good deal on one of those? Gas mileage? and what else would I need to look at when buying? I always get a carfax no matter who it is that I am dealing with

    Prerunner1982 I was a hellyun back in those Muskogee days. I hung Iron and fitted pipe for a powerplant and was off the charts with doing bad stuff. I do not remember that fort but I do remember that the police station had a pay window and anyone that was drinking and needed to cash a check was sent drunk through the police window and most were either stopped at leaving or asked to come in. I have never seen a police station like that in any of my travels?
     

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