The Rubicon trim level is considered the milestone of stock Jeep packages. Named after being officially Trail Rated for the famous Rubicon trail in Northern California; the Rubicon boasts numerous off-road additions that make it a very capable off-roading vehicle. The Rubicon first became available in 2003 and has been a popular model for Jeep ever since. The following are upgrades that were stock on the Rubicon over other Wranglers in 2005.
- Front and Rear Dana 44 Axles
- Rock-Trak Four Wheel Drive System
- 4:1 Low Gear Ratio
- Air-actuation Front and Rear Lockers
- Diamond Plate Rocker Panels
- Goodyear MTR P245/75-R16 (30”x9.6”) Tires
- 16 Inch Alloy Wheels
The Rubicon also switched to the NSG370 six speed transmission in 2005 sourced via Mercedes. This was made available along with the optional 42RLE 4spd auto. The stock specifications on the Rubicon Trim make it able to tackle most off-road conditions but adding a small (3”-4”) suspension lift and larger 33” – 35” inch tires allow for heavy duty rock crawling.
Why buy a Rubicon Trim package?
If the buyer is looking for an “out-of-the-box” offroad capable vehicle than the Rubicon package is the way to go. The downside is that Rubicon packages are typically much more expensive than other Wrangler models. If the owner is looking to build a extreme rig, a Rubicon package might be a waste as many of the components will be upgraded and expanded upon anyways.
Stock 2005 Rubicon Unlimited