The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is the most capable SUV ever in the legendary AWD. However, some serious off-road drivers, intent on modifying their jeeps, do not pay attention to the Rubicon trim. That’s because there’s no reason to flaunt this Jeep with off-road-ready running gear if you’re planning on replacing most of it with aftermarket parts anyway.
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 2022
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Jeep designed its Wrangler Rubicon with one goal in mind: a factory-built SUV capable of navigating the Rubicon Trail in California. The result is a great looking and capable. The 2022 Wrangler Rubicon comes with 33-inch tires and electronic locking differentials on both Dana 44 axles.
But the Rubicon is as expensive as it is capable. The cost of the 2022 two-door Rubicon is $41,795. The four-door game Rubicon Unlimited brings in more than 45 thousand dollars. Choosing it with 35-inch tires or a rear axle gear ratio of 4.88 would obviously push its price even higher.
For now, the Wrangler Rubicon 392 is making headlines. This automatic transmission Rubicon Unlimited comes equipped with a 6.4L (392 cubic inch) Dodge HEMI V8 engine from the factory. This 470-horsepower engine is the same you’ll find in Grand Wagoneer, Ram heavy trucks, Chargers and Challenger “Scat Packs.”
The premium engine adds numbers to the Wrangler Rubicon’s horse power and price. Wrangler Rubicon 392 starts at $74,995. That’s $10,000 more than an all-new Challenger Hellcat.
Some serious off-roaders don’t bother with a Wrangler Rubicon
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There is one group of people who don’t care to splurge on factory-fitted electronic lock differentials. These are the guys who plan to upgrade their Jeep hubs once they buy them anyway. Off-road vehicles that install larger axles even with electronic lock differentials are usually not used because it is standard practice to install an air compressor and air tanks at the same time.
Why do you need larger hubs? If you want more rubber than the 35-inch tires available on your Wrangler, most aftermarket Jeep builders suggest you upgrade your Dana 44s as well. Also, if you plan on doing a lot of punishment off-road, crawling up or down steep grades in low gear to get the most torque, you stand a chance of breaking the stock axle shaft. An axle upgrade gives some off-roading peace of mind.
If you are planning to install a lift kit and replace new Wrangler hubs with heavy duty units, you are probably looking for the cheapest Wrangler you can find because you will be upgrading it yourself. But some builders of the upgraded Jeep Wrangler insist on one surprising feature: electric door locks.
Jeep Wrangler “Kracken” Generally rides 54-inch wheels
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Camp Crocker is the owner of COP4x4 in Phoenix Arizona. He prides himself on having built some of the most extreme Jeeps: his personal car is a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with 54-inch tires, capable of highway travel.
Since Crocker replaces Jeeps’ hubs and motor, he doesn’t have to worry about donors with more than 100,000 miles. He told ThrottleExtreme he’s looking for a good-to-use, low-cost Wrangler Unlimited SUV with one luxury: electric window and door lock kit.
You can buy Jeep Wrangler Unlimted without windows and manual door locks. But Crocker knows that once he lifts the 14-inch Jeep to install 54-inch tires, he won’t want to scramble again on board because he forgot to lock the four doors or put the four windows.
Crocker is a fan of the “crawler” low-speed gearing in his Wrangler Rubicon. But instead of buying a Rubicon donor Jeep, he buys a cheaper Jeep, then finds Rubicon in a junkyard and buys a moving box for his project.
Curious about Crocker’s designs? Watch the Jeep Wrangler “Kraken” crush the Toyota Camry in the video below:
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