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Old July 20th, 2008, 12:19 PM   #1
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Explain where I am wrong in my thinking..

Quick look over KBB.com says

2004 Private Party Sale of a Jeep Wrangler w/ 50,000 miles in good condition:

Rubicon: $14,205
Non-Rubi: $13,400

ok.. so whats wrong in my thinking. I own an 05' LJ. Why can I buy a used Rubi for $14,205, swap the axles (tcase too?) and re-sell it as a Rubi-wannabe for $13,400 = <$1000 outta pocket.

I'm not suggesting I lie here.. I would advertize it as a regurlar TJ with Rubi badging...
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Old July 20th, 2008, 12:25 PM   #2
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Old July 20th, 2008, 12:31 PM   #3
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Old July 20th, 2008, 12:53 PM   #4
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You do know that you can buy the axles and tcase seperately and avoid the headache, right?

I'm sorry to say that to buy a new vehicle just to swap the axles and resell it in todays economy and with the use of common sense is, well ... retarded. If you're looking at not spending a lot of "out of pocket" just save the money for used parts and be done. It'll be way less expensive in the long run and you'll still be able to sell your old parts to compensate some of the cost.
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Old July 20th, 2008, 12:58 PM   #5
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You already have a rear 44, yes it doesn't have a air locker but the rubi one is not the greatest anyway, so just buy a arb for the rear and a rubi front axle and save for a atlas or stak down the road.
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Old July 20th, 2008, 01:01 PM   #6
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well the vin numbers use i belive a 1 2 and 3 to identify a SE, X or sport, and a rubi. so if you bought one and swapped everything it would still be a rubi just without the good parts on it which would be a plus sending it through an auction
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You do know that you can buy the axles and tcase seperately and avoid the headache, right?
I do know that.. I thought the prices were in the $800-$900 ranges for each axle.

I don't see any used ones on Ebay.. Is there a salvage yard somewhere that specialized in wrecked jeeps?
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Old July 20th, 2008, 02:59 PM   #8
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I do know that.. I thought the prices were in the $800-$900 ranges for each axle.

I don't see any used ones on Ebay.. Is there a salvage yard somewhere that specialized in wrecked jeeps?
not for rubi axles
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Old July 20th, 2008, 03:46 PM   #9
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Mr. Clean is selling a set of TJ Rubi axles in Parts For Sale right now. :miff:
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rubi axles I thought were $1800 direct from Mopar for a pair new?
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Look at the Rubicon Owners forum - a lot of them have converted their rear D44s to ARBs or Detroits. Just do the same to your D44. I have a rear D44 that I'm going to put a Detroit into and put onto my TJ - D44 strength (and parts availability) with minimum muss & fuss. If you want a ratio other than 4.10 you've pretty much lost the Rubi benefit.

You can buy pre-built D44 front ends (lockers, gears, etc...) for $2500-$3000 brand new.

As stated before, there are other transfer case options that are just as good or better for the money.

Think - you'd lose a ton selling a "Rubicon" as a "Rubiclone"...
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rubi axles I thought were $1800 direct from Mopar for a pair new?

I believe the JK Rubi axles are the "cheap" deal, not the TJ Rubi's.
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We'll, I've already got an aussie in the D44.... Still wonderin if I should have gone with the ARB.. oh well, thats water under the bridge..

Reason all this is on the radar is because I've recently given up the hope that I can afford to own a truck and trailer to take the Jeep wheeling (say, out west). so now the plan is to make it bulletproof enough to drive there and back on it's own...
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kbb.com is full of it. Don't go by anything they say.
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do it and post up how it works out for ya...
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www.daveysjeeps.com << jeep only salvage yard they pretty much have anything "stock Parts" you would want
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i dont think Rubicon ax are so great you can get better for same price like tru dana 44s
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We'll, I've already got an aussie in the D44.... Still wonderin if I should have gone with the ARB.. oh well, thats water under the bridge..

Reason all this is on the radar is because I've recently given up the hope that I can afford to own a truck and trailer to take the Jeep wheeling (say, out west). so now the plan is to make it bulletproof enough to drive there and back on it's own...
if thats the idea why not get a set of 60's?
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if thats the idea why not get a set of 60's?
Thats also a possiblity .. down the road a few years.. but a possibility...
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