9800 Mile!!! 2006 Rubicon Unlimited LJ

Superduty

Adventurer
Nice rig. Do you have it on any of the Jeep forums?

That's the Holy grail in the TJ world

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Coarsegold1

New member
Nice rig. Do you have it on any of the Jeep forums?

That's the Holy grail in the TJ world
That's why I'm struggling with stripping it. If it doesn't sell by late spring/early summer though, under the knife it will go! The only Jeep forum I listed it on is "JeepForum" so far.
 

sourdoughben

Active member
I have been looking at/into Wrangler Rubicon LJ's for the past year. They are nice but limited to a 31/32" tire unless you get 3" or more lift for 33" or taller tires. Many after market lift kits are poorly designed or incomplete as to correcting issues lifts over 2.5"'s create. Steering and driveline problems are common with most lifts. Long arm suspensions 4.5" or higher are the worst because of other added issues. I didn't see who's short arm lift kit this is but I see stock driveshafts and stock steering. The angles look excessive to me and not corrected. Also 35" tires and larger with stock TJ Dana 44 axle shafts break regularly off road. lso, stock Rubicon D44 4.10 gears are generally reguarded as too tall for 35" and up tires.TJ 44 axles aren't as strong as newer models like the new JL which needs no lift, has stronger axles and steering. At this price and needing corrections, my estimated $3 to $4,000, one might as well move into a new JL Rubicon with a warranty and better engineered suspension. I've been quoted $43,605 out the door for a custom ordered 2019 JL Rubicon with an automatic trans and several other options this TJ doesn't have. This TJ is maybe for a collector who will never drive it.
 

Coarsegold1

New member
Thanks for your opinion @sourdoughben. As someone who has built and wheeled Jeeps for 30 years, I wouldn't be able to share in most of your conclusions. A closer read of the parts list may have been helpful prior to casting your doubts.

A few thoughts:

  1. A chief concern you noted related to angles and poorly designed kits. This doesn't have "kit," parts were all spec'd, and I would call specific attention both F/R track bar correction components, the adjustable JKS lower control arms, as well as the rear Nth Stinger; all mitigating factors to your noted angular concerns. There is a compromise to be paid any time you deviate from stock design; the question is whether your intended use justifies the cost. For most of us who wheel, the answer is yes (please see post #3 above).
  2. Another concern you noted related to tire size. While you are correct that the JL 44's appear to be of improved strength, if you are "regularly" snapping D44's with 35's, I would strongly argue that points much more to the driver than it does the axle.
  3. Although the auto JL is nice, that is typically a different buyer than those of us who seek manual LJ's. The value of this unit, and most other Rubi LJ's, has little relation to the latest Jeep offering. The value of LJ's is simply tied to limited supply and strong demand. Your argument would be akin to saying an original 427 Shelby Cobra should be worth less than the new GT500; as objectively the new GT500 is a better car in almost every measure; yet the Cobra will bring in 10x its value.
 

CRolandLJ

Adventurer
You have the last of the great jeeps. I miss my 06 LJ every single day. Good luck with sell....wish I could justify that as a 3rd vehicle. I'd buy it and drop it down to a 33" tire and milder bumpers and drive it for the rest of my life.
 

sourdoughben

Active member
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Coarsegold1

New member
You have the last of the great jeeps. I miss my 06 LJ every single day. Good luck with sell....wish I could justify that as a 3rd vehicle. I'd buy it and drop it down to a 33" tire and milder bumpers and drive it for the rest of my life.
I couldn't agree more the last great Jeep comment. The TJ/LJ series feel much more connected to the CJ lineage and what made Jeep what it is. Regarding 33's/milder bumpers, that is more in line with the last TJ I did:
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Hoghead

Observer
My comments about TJ's can easily be found substantiated here.....https://wranglertjforum.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI8rzC_tHh3wIVBESGCh0P3w5EEAAYASAAEgKntPD_BwE
My opinions about a TJ at this price and a new JL is my own and comes from 45+ years as a mechanic and avid 4 wheeler. To each his own and I understand where you are coming from, a seller who wants the largest profit possible. Good luck with your sale.
If you want to bad mouth TJ’s/LJ’s, do it in your own thread in the Jeep section. It does not belong in this members for sale thread, nor does your opinion of the price.
 

Grenadiers

Adventurer
I agree on the post above. I have a built 2004 LG with a Rubicon Express 4.5” lift. I replaced the stock transfer case with an Atlas II case, and replaced the front axle with a Currie HP Dana 44. ARB lockers front and rear. It’s an Arizona Jeep and rust free. I value it at a similar price point. The TJ is narrower and is much simpler than a new JL. Plus it’s an extended Jeep, better on the trails.
 
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