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Buying a 4 Door What One!!

Ok so i have had a wrangler x 2 door for a couple of years and i want to step up to a 4 door. My intent is to put 37s on it and use it as a daily driver for the next year then become a recreational vehicle.

I am currently looking at 2 different ones. The first one is a 2008 Sahara 4 Door 2wd, auto, with 5,600 miles on it and it is $18,700. The second one is a 2008 Rubicon 4 door, manual, hardtop and soft top, 18,000 miles on it and it is $25,600.

I can do most of the drivetrain work myself with the 2wd and anything i can't do i will lure my friends with to help me.

I would really appreciate some help in this situation any opinions are welcome.

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Man where to begin...

First since you live in Canada so I am making the assumption that it does snow and that 4wd would be preferable. You can always convert the 2wd to 4 but that is alot of hassle and more money down the road so I would at least limit my search to 4wd unlimiteds.

You want to run 37s on it. If you plan on strengthening which ever axles you do get (which at the very least should C gusset with 37s) then I think the 44s from a Rubi would be a better starting point. If you plan on upgrading completely to a prorock 44 or dana 60 for example, then it obviously doesnt matter which axle you get originally.

The last part is your definition of recreational and how far do you want to take it. If you have a complete lift in mind the money all saved up then the better suspension that comes on a rubi isnt something you really need but if you plan on upgrading gradually then the Rubi suspension is good to have until you have the money to make changes.

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As stated, it really comes down to your intentions (modifying & driving/ wheeling). The $6,900 difference between the two = a good deal of mods. The difference of 12,400 miles is not as significant imo, especially considering that you have no idea how well one was cared for over the other.

If it was me personally, and I had the extra $$$, then I would probably opt for the Rubi, as long as the 6 speed doesn't bother you (or your spouse?). I really just don't care for 2wd Jeeps, nor would I like the thoughts of taking the time and extra money to convert it to 4wd. JMO

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Thanks guys all good points, i was doing some research and i am heavily leaning towards the rubi and i will be moving to the west coast here shortly where i have no garage to work on a 2wd to convert to 4wd. I just need to get a hold of the bank and sell my soul

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Split the difference and get a 3 wheel drive.



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I didn't think that the Sahara came in a 2wd version?. But here is my .02 worth... for the 7k difference get the Rubi. You will allready have lockers and bigger axels and 4:10 gears so when you turn it into a trail rig you'll already be well down the build road.

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I'd go rubi too!

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if you are not going to do alot of hard off roading , go with the 2wd and put in a elocker in the rear

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Just make sure you get a red one. They are faster than the other ones.
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Just make sure you get a red one. They are faster than the other ones.
X2 on that. Yes, they are much faster

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Definitely go with the rubi, I'm sure if you add up the t-case, front axle, drive shaft, shifter, t-case adapter, rear drive shaft, rear locker, and then add your lift, tires and wheels to it. Just get the rubi buy some front axle gussets and enjoy, upgrade as you go (or break shit) I think you will be happier.


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Definitely go with the rubi, I'm sure if you add up the t-case, front axle, drive shaft, shifter, t-case adapter, rear drive shaft, rear locker, and then add your lift, tires and wheels to it. Just get the rubi buy some front axle gussets and enjoy, upgrade as you go (or break shit) I think you will be happier.
Yeah, good point. I forgot about the lower geared T-case that comes in the Rubi.

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Thanks guys all good points, i was doing some research and i am heavily leaning towards the rubi and i will be moving to the west coast here shortly where i have no garage to work on a 2wd to convert to 4wd. I just need to get a hold of the bank and sell my soul
Where did you find the 2wd? When I got mine 2wd wasn't even an option.

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Where did you find the 2wd? When I got mine 2wd wasn't even an option.
They have offerd them all along, only on the Unlimited though.

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It is located in nove scotia, the guy brought it up from the united states. I was kinda shocked that there was one in canada too.
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Just make sure you get a red one. They are faster than the other ones.
Red paint is good for 30 more horsepower!
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Red paint is good for 30 more horsepower!
Its also good for higher insurance premiums
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which one? buy mine 07 rubi unlimited with 44k miles and already on 35's. $21k saves you a lot of money, but you have to come to maryland to get it.


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Are jeeps cheaper in canada? wouldn't they be more expensive cuz the terrain sucks up there?
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Are jeeps cheaper in canada? wouldn't they be more expensive cuz the terrain sucks up there?
Well the Canadian dollar is increasing in value compared to the US dollar and most jeeps are made in the US and shipped up here so they are cheaper for the time being. Yes our terrain is different and for 5 months of the year covered in snow but it is still fuck as f%#$k to wheel on.

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