last year we told you that the much-rumored 2003 Jeep Wrangler
Rubicon was coming. Well now, the official word is out and we've
got the whole scoop and photos to boot. Though the hardcore set
has felt that Jeep has ignored their pleas for a truly trailworthy
out-of-the-box Jeep for years, it seems that the engineers and marketers
have been paying attention afterall.
new Wrangler (TJ) Rubicon will be ready to tackle some pretty tough
trails right out of the box. The best part is that the Rubicon is
already set up for trail use and comes with a factory warranty!
For those willing to cast the warranty aside, the Rubicon will be
an awesome base to build up a true rockcrawler. Just add lift and
tires and you'll be good to go.
TJ Sport + 31" tires + dual Dana 44 axles + air lockers + 4
wheel disk brakes + rocker sill guards + 4:1 transfer case
MT/R 31-inch Tires: New 31-inch Goodyear
MT/R tires feature large lugs and voids in tread that wraps
around the side wall to help grab ledges on the trail. With
a more puncture resistant sidewall, these tires are mounted
on new 16-inch five-spoke aluminum wheels designed with a dished
face to protect the wheel from off-road damage.
Model 44 Axles: Front and rear, Dana 44 axles provide the
durability and strength needed for extreme off-road driving.
Differentials: A dash-mounted switch locks the rear axle
and toggles the front axle locker on and off for improved maneuvering.
A pneumatic pump runs at just six pounds per square inch for
a quieter system than available in the after-market, mechanically
locking the axle shafts together to drive all four wheels at
the same speed.
Disc Brakes: Standard four-wheel disc brakes are self-cleaning
off-road and provide better brake feel on road, with decreased
stopping distance and reduced brake fade.
Plate Sill Guards: Heavy gauge diamond plate sill guards
protect rocker panels from damage in extreme off-road situations.
Transfer Case with 4.0:1 Low Range: All-new and Jeep engineered
for Wrangler, the NVG241OR slows vehicle speed down to give
the driver more control and increases the amount of torque available
at the wheels.
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is available with the 4.0-liter PowerTech
I-6 and either a manual or automatic transmission. The powerful
4.0-liter engine provides 190 horsepower and 235 lb.-ft of torque.