The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon: Off-Road Supremacy

With the advent of the new Jeep Wrangler JL, drivers will find the same "Rubicon" trim level available that was prominently atop the previous generation Jeep Wrangler JK's lineup. One glance at the Easter Jeep Safari event, or any off-road trail near you, and you'll discover hordes of Jeep Wrangler Rubicon models lining the trails. But what makes the Rubicon so good at off-roading? Equipped with the latest in Jeep engineering, and featuring the essential components for any off-road adventure, the Rubicon stands as uniquely equipped within a lineup of already off-road optimized models. However, any off-road enthusiast will gladly reveal that while Jeep Wrangler models all excel off-road, the Rubicon stands as the indisputable king within the lineup.

The Rubicon Difference: Standard Equipment, and Why It Matters

Jeep Wrangler models feature aspects of their construction that are intrinsic to their off-road capabilities. The body-on-frame construction provides maximal strength and rigidity while navigating over rocks and trees, while the 3.6-liter displacement engine provides maximum torque output at lower RPMs than the leaner engines equipped on various competing SUVs. However, the Rubicon features a few pieces of equipment that set it apart from its siblings:

  • Differential lockers
  • Sway bar disconnects
  • 4:1 ratio Rock-Trac® four-wheel drive system
  • 4.10 axle gear ratio
  • Dana® 44 wide front and rear axles
  • Rock rails and skid plate shields

Selectable differential lockers turn otherwise "open" differentials into a fixed state - allowing both wheels on each axle to turn at the same rate. When off-road, an open differential, when in the air, will receive all of the engine power - locking differentials ensure that no matter what, your wheels all receive equal quantities of engine power to remain moving forward.

Sway bar disconnects, electronically released from within the cabin, allows for full suspension travel for more comfortable and stable off-road navigation. Intended to prevent excessive (and dangerous) body roll at highway speeds or while on the road, electronically disconnected sway bars allow for effortless transitioning between the road and trail for an uninterrupted driving experience.

The 4:1 low-gear ratio provides enhanced engine power for improved off-road handling, while the 4.10 axle gear ratio allows for the Rubicon trim to come fitted with larger wheels that would otherwise strain lower gear ratios - resulting in inferior performance, deteriorating efficiency, and excessive wear on mechanical components.

Dana® solid axles stand as an integral aspect of every off-road ready Jeep model. The Rubicon trim features an exclusive, heavy-duty Dana® 44 axle with additional width - improving the Rubicon's ability to navigate tough terrain while withstanding the intense stress and potential impacts its components frequently encounter while off-road.

Lastly, the Rubicon's various undercarriage shields protect your fuel tank, transfer case, and rocker panels from impacts or punctures. Essential to keep your Wrangler Rubicon in pristine condition, these features protect your vehicle against a potentially trip-ending breakdown.

Discover the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon at Summit Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Offering drivers a variety of Jeep Wrangler models to select from, Summit Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram continually strives to get any aspiring Jeep owner behind the wheel of their preferred model. Stop by our dealership to browse our selection of the latest Jeep Wrangler JL, or give us a call to inquire further about the impeccable off-road capabilities of the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon!


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