You may have read this announcement yesterday on other sites, but trust me none of them gave any actual opinions. Around the 4WAAM offices we have loud, aggressive, and mostly wrong opinions but we will always share them.
Another day, another special edition Wrangler. With the new JL due to debut in 2018 or 2019 expect to see several final editions of the JK. The Rubicon Recon is designed to offer more off-road capability than the standard Rubicon due to a beefed-up front axle. Several styling cues further announce “Here I Am”.
The Rubicon Recon is based on the Wrangler Rubicon, that was hard to figure out with Rubicon right in the name. The major performance difference is a Dana 44 that features strengthened tubes, heavy-duty end forgings, heavy-duty cast front and rear differential covers and “enhanced” rock rails that are shortened so the Jeep can easily accommodate 35-inch tires. I was not aware the stock rock rails inhibited 35-inch tires, we definitely have fitment issues ith 37-inch tires.
Still using the manual transmission and the factory 4:10 gears you get the 73.1:1 crawl ratio out of the 4:1 Rock-Trac transfer case.
“With an array of beefed-up off-road components, the new Rubicon Recon provides even more legendary Jeep Wrangler capability,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “With unmatched capability and a unique appearance, Rubicon Recon is the perfect Wrangler for our most loyal, diehard off-road enthusiasts who love to tackle the most demanding trails.”
The Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition also features a half-inch lift, also called a leveling kit. New 17-inch Low Gloss Granite Crystal-painted aluminum wheels fitted with 32-inch BFGoodrich KM2 off-road tires. Painted wheels and off-road should be permanently mutually exclusive. It offers optional body-color fender flares and a dual-vented Power Dome hood. “The Recon also features distinctive cues that include a Low Gloss Black grille with Low Gloss Granite Crystal inserts and headlamp rings, Low Gloss Black off-road bumpers and special Jeep badge with a red base. The steel front bumper can accommodate a winch, and Jeep notes the end caps can be removed for improved clearance on the trail.” (Source: FCA) All that means is they recycled 10th Anniversary parts, or Hard Rock parts depending on your parlance preference, to make another special edition with some matte stickers. Outside of the improvements to the Dana 44 axle it’s a new dress for the same date. It’s a great date, the best date, but it is still the same date.
The Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition, or for those who prefer the Harley Davidson naming system, the JKRRE-U for the unlimited model. It will be available in seven colors: Black, Bright White, Billet Silver, Firecracker Red, Gobi, Rhino and Granite Crystal. The JKRRE will make its way into dealerships later this month with an MSRP for two door model is $39,145, and the MSRP for the four-door Unlimited model is $42,945. It’s nice to see the price isn’t inflated over a typical special edition and you do get a lot for the money.