The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is the most capable tuning of the legendary 4 × 4 SUV. But some serious mountain bikers, who are set on modifying their jeeps, do not care about Rubicon training. This is because there is no reason to spend on this Jeep with its off-road running equipment if you still plan to replace most with aftermarket parts.
2022 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
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Jeep designed its Wrangler Rubicon with one purpose in mind: a factory-built 4 × 4 that can navigate California’s punishing Rubicon Trail. The result is a cool and capable flagship trim. The 2022 Wrangler Rubicon comes with 33-inch tires and electronic locking differentials in both of its Dana 44 axles.
But Rubicon is as expensive as it is capable. The two-door 2022 Rubicon has an MSRP of $ 41,795. The four-door Rubicon Unlimited costs more than $ 45k. Obviously, the price will be even higher by choosing the one with 35-inch tires or a 4.88 gear ratio on the rear axle.
Right now, the new Wrangler Rubicon is creating 392 headlines. This Rubicon Unlimited with an automatic transmission comes with Dodge’s 6.4-liter (392 cubic inch) HEMI V8 installed from the factory. This 470 horsepower engine is the same as you find in Grand Wagoneer, heavy Ram trucks and the Charger and Challenger “Scat Pack” muscle cars.
The premium power plant adds big numbers to Wrangler Rubicon’s horsepower and its price. The Wrangler Rubicon 392 starts at $ 74,995. That’s $ 10,000 more than a brand new Challenger Hellcat.
Some serious off-roaders do not care about the Wrangler Rubicon
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There is a group of people who are not interested in spending on factory-fitted electronic locking differentials. They are the ones who plan to upgrade their Jeep’s shoulders as soon as they buy it anyway. Mountain bikers who install larger axles usually do not even go with electronic locking differentials as it is standard practice to install an air compressor and air cabinets at the same time.
Why would you need bigger shoulders? If you want more rubber than the 35-inch tires found on the Wrangler, most Jeep aftermarket builders would suggest upgrading the Dana 44s as well. Also, if you plan to do a lot of punishing the terrain, crawling up or down steep slopes in a low gear for maximum torque, you have a chance to break a bearing shaft. A shoulder upgrade gives some mountain bikers peace of mind.
If you are planning to install a lift kit and replace the axles on your new Wrangler with powerful devices, you are probably looking for the cheapest Wrangler you can find because you will be upgrading it yourself. But some lifting Jeep Wrangler builders insist on a surprising feature: electric door locks.
The gnarled Jeep Wrangler “Kraken” rides on 54-inch tires
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Camp Crocker is the owner of COP4x4 in Phoenix Arizona. He is proud to build some of the most extreme jeeps available: his personal vehicle is a 54-inch Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, which can be driven on the highway.
As Crocker replaces his jeep’s axles and engine, he does not worry about high donors over 100,000 miles. He told ThrottleExtreme that he is looking for well-used, low-dollar Wrangler Unlimited SUVs with a luxury: power window and door lock package.
You can buy a barefoot Jeep Wrangler Unlimted with folding windows and manual door locks. But Crocker knows that once he has lifted the 14-inch Jeep to install 54-inch tires, he will not want to climb back on board because he forgot to lock all four doors or put up all four 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 at a scrap yard and buys its transfer bag for his project.
Are you curious about Crockers designs? Watch his Jeep Wrangler “Kraken” smash a Toyota Camry in the video below:
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