JK going out with a bang
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Posted: 09 February 2017 at 5:37pm
Jeep is sending off the JK Wrangler with one last ultimate edition... the Rubicon Recon. Same as Hard Rock edition in the past couple of years but with a couple key differences.
- Stronger front axle (larger tubes and beefier end forgings). likely just a real Dana 44 instead of the Rubicon's hybrid 44 (44 diff with 30 tubes and ends)
- cast diff covers
- unique graphics and additional red accents
The stories also all note something about shorter rock rails that allow up to 35's, but assuming they are using the same 17x7.5" wheels and backspacing they have been, that causes an interference with the frame rails and inner fenders during articulation. They probably are mistaking this with the change made starting with the 14 model year that trimmed the rear of the rock rail and midbody pinch weld, which allowed for 35's to clear with a 3.5" lift. Previously (like my 13), you could only go to 34's unless you cut those areas.
The hard rock/10th anniversary included the following over the Rubicon:
- enhanced rock sliders (added rub rail)
- steel front and rear bumpers with front winch mount provision and rear tire carrier provision
- vented hood
- 1/2" additional lift
- Red tow hooks and accents
- enhanced EVIC with digital temp readouts
- canvas soft top with rubber insulation
- many options made standard: leather, heated seats, nav, remote start, and more
"Positioned above the off-road-ready Wrangler Rubicon, the Recon includes a number of upgrades such as a stronger front axle, cast front and rear differential covers, a half-inch lift, and more to make it even more capable off the pavement. Visual tweaks include a hood with model-specific graphics, a black grille, and a set of 17-inch low-gloss black wheels wrapped in meaty 32-inch BFGoodrich tires. However, thanks to the Recon’s shorter side rails, the model can accommodate tires up to 35 inches in diameter.
Changes abound inside the Recon, too. Each one gets a dash plaque, a distinct gauge cluster, and a host of red accents, including the seat stitching, storage nets, and switchplate covers for the axle locker and sway-bar-disconnect functions. As the top dog, it also gets several standard convenience features: remote keyless entry with remote start, a vehicle information display in the gauge cluster, automatic climate control, and more.
The 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition goes on sale this month with a sticker price of $40,140 for the two-door model and $43,940 for the four-door Unlimited, or $5500 more than the starting price of their Rubicon equivalents. Factor in the Recon’s additional equipment, though, and the premium falls closer to $3000. It’s up to buyers to decide whether this Jeep is worth the coin."
Edited by BlackBird - 09 February 2017 at 5:52pm
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