Jeep has made a pretty compelling case in 2012 for those looking for a new Wrangler. It just so happens that I am one of those people. I was recently at the dealership and saw a nearly loaded JK Rubicon stickered at $40,800 – waaay too expensive for this writer, but then again, I wouldn’t be optioning mine out that way. I am still impressed (read: speechless) that one can option a Wrangler over $40K these days.
So Plan B is to look at Sahara. Sure, you lose the lockers, front Dana 44, sway bar disconnect and the 4.0:1 case, but is any of that really necessary in my case anyway?
If it is the vehicle that I am going to park in my driveway and make the payments on, I’d like it to have Air Lockers, and with the type of driving I do out here in the So Cal desert, which is more of a fast-paced point-to-point driving style with the occasional technical section, I am not building a rock crawler, so needing the sway bar disconnect and factory lockers isn’t a deal breaker. I figure I could probably find a Rubi front 44 to build up on Craigslist and with 35-inch tires I probably won’t have to worry about a reinforced front axle bending on me. Lastly, the 4.0:1 t-case is nice to have, but many times in my wheeling, I find that it is a bit too deep for my needs, so I think the 2.72:1 case would be fine. So going with a Sahara, shaves about $3000 off the list price, which means I’ll have money for other mods.
Did I mention it also has to pull family duty? So am I crazy? Should I save for the Rubi, or go for the Sahara? Either way I am going with the stick. Tell me what you think.