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    My wife and I are thinking about getting a new vehicle to get into the back roads....what do you think is better....

    Rubicon Jeep or FJ Cruiser????


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    Jeep.

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    Depends on how rough of areas your heading. Living near the rubicon trail I see lots of rubicons, lots of aftermarket at lower cost, aftermarket liftkits are better and cheaper. Throw on a detachable sway bar kit and you can ride the con minus the big stuff with relative ease. If your not going to get that serious then the toy. you do see some on the rough stuff but more expensive to get your rig in shape but general dirt and hwy is better. IMO

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    Rubicon all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Here's what you should get. They restore the "classic" Toyota Landcruisers to "showroom" new. No smog (on a lot of them), easier to work on and probably better off road anyway.

    http://www.rockymountaincruisers.com/

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    If by back roads you mean fire roads in the mountains and just general exploring in the desert, I say buy whichever you like, put good all terrain tires on it and carry a full size spare. If either of them come stock with a locking rear differential that would be a bonus "just in case" item.

    If by back roads, you are talking more about "off-roading", technical trails, very remote travel, etc, then you should read up a lot more about how you can modify each vehicle and see which vehicle will deliver the end result you're looking for. Lifts, tire sizes, interior space (for storage systems, etc), locker retrofits, bumpers, etc etc etc vary for each.


    I've owned a 2004 jeep grand cherokee and a 2002 toyota tacoma. I didnt have all terrain tires on either and I managed to get most places, but did get stuck a few times in each. Dont underestimate tires and a small lift, no matter which direction you go.

    I now own a 94 FZJ-80 Land Cruiser and couldnt be happier with it.

    I'm sure you'll be happy with either vehicle, just do your homework about what you really want out of it.

    A good place to start learning: www.expeditionportal.com They have sub-forums for each car manufacturer.

    Just dont pay too much attention to the term "expedition" or "overland". Everyone on that board goes on an "overland" journey to pick up groceries and their weekend trips in the desert are called "expeditions".
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    Thanks guys.....as of right now not planning on to techinal stuff like large rock crawling or extreme trails, mainly just getting to the places that my little yaris does not make it. It just does not cut it on those back roads.....

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    I have a 2002 TJ wrangler lifted 3 1/2 and I would buy the Toyota FJ Crusier if all you are doing is the fireroads and 2 track trails , Better ride for around town and will get you back in as far as will want to go.
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    The Rubicon moniker means that the jeep has Dana 44 axles front and rear stock. If you have ever had a busted axle on the trail (50 miles from a road)this will mean everything to you. If not get the eco-hummer (FJ cruiser). The new jeeps are superior vehicles in the off-road department though.
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    TOYOTA. dependable, reliable....

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    Depends if your still going to use it around town FJ has a better ride. Soley using for the backcountry Jeep or old school land cruiser! I had a scoutmaster that had an old land cruiser we called animal. There wasn't a trail that thing wasn't able to handle and it was easy to work on like the Jeeps. Just my .02

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    Cam u say....Rubicon Unlimited..uploadfromtaptalk1310059166385.jpguploadfromtaptalk1310059188244.jpg

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    I trust your Yaris more than a jeep.
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    i vote FJ. and i am a huge CJ-7 fan.

    both are very capable off roaders. at the upper extreme situations, i give the nod to a modified rubicon..but 99% of the offroading we do..both stock vehicles. i say the FJ has a better longeivity history.

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    Jeep. Lighter and towable.
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    If you are going to haul any kind of camping/fishing/hunting/dog gear I would go for the Rubicon ( I assume you mean the 4-door JK).

    The FJs are lacking on cargo room.

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    Thanks guys...we have an appointment to test drive the Rubicon at the end of the month. We will test drive them both, but I think we are leaning twoards the jeep....cargo room is important and I think the Rubi is double the cargo room.....

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    I have had 2 CJ5's in my lifetime, and it would take a quad to beat them. At present my wife drives a Hummer H3 and that is in the same class as the FJ Cruiser. I'm old enough to remember the end of World War II.
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    My buddy has had his Toyota Landcruiser for over 20 years,never had a wrench on it yet....Tough 4x4......They bought it new.
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    Well........ we decided on the jeep, and so far we are loving it! Have not done anything to extreme yet, but we took out dove hunting and scouting and it works great.

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    That's what im talking about! oh Yeh, nice jeep! Someday I will get my Unlimited Rubican, thanks for sharing...tra

    Ps. Give it some time and u will transform and modify it and it will end up like this version, the rambo assault jeep!uploadfromtaptalk1316131096829.jpg

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    Nice Set up Roman Archer.....I am already at looking aftermarket stuff....

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    dont undestimate a good lift on a jeep I put a rubicon express lift on my yj jeep and couldnt be happier plus parts are cheaper for a jeep and easier to find I think so anyways but Im partial whichever you get I suggest buying a good lift dont go for anything cheap because cheap will get you a horrible ride Ive heard stories about people hating there new lift after 10 miles due to the stiffness of the lift shop around and find out more before buying.....thats my two cents whichever you buy I hope youll be happy with it

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    That's jb229"s rig, I went for the ride of my life in the Mendo national forest at 6400 ft. 4x4n In that rig ,I was impressed! Got to have one!......trauploadfromtaptalk1316139023411.jpg

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    I would wait for the new 2012 Jeeps to come out they have a new engine that is way better, it has 80 more horsepower and 35 more ft pounds of torque. The best thing is that it gets like 2 more miles to the gallon.

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    nice cj5...iclevenger has a point you should wait for the new jeep to come out if your gonna get a jeep also have you thought about a cherokee? it has more room

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    I've owned Jeeps for 20+ years. I've never had a mechanical failure while off-roading, I've never been stuck longer than a few minutes and I've never needed help to get out. They are pleasure to drive even for a guy that's 6'3" & 245 lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChefTodd View Post
    Well........ we decided on the jeep, and so far we are loving it! Have not done anything to extreme yet, but we took out dove hunting and scouting and it works great.

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    How do you like that 4 door model over the 2 door? I'm thinking the 4 door may lose some manueverbility in tight spaces vs. the 2 door but has more space to store stuff. I'm looking to get a jeep but I'm hedging toward the 4 door.

    any comments or insights?
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