Compared to the Jeep Wrangler Sport, the Rubicon is more capable and looks like it has more features. Also, the Rubicon has an overall look that seems to make it more suitable for off-road driving and the great outdoors.
Make no mistake. The Jeep Wrangler Sport has quite a pedigree and many off-road aficionados and SUV fans readily admit that the Jeep Wrangler is quite a brand name in their automotive space. With that said though, the Rubicon looks more like the type of off-road driving performance vehicle many off-road aficionados would prefer.
A lot of this has to do with its features and overall look, but it also has to do with price. After all, comparing the 2 models, the Wrangler Sport comes in at $10,000 less than the Rubicon. This is going o to be an issue if you don’t want to spend more while at the same time, you want to level up your Wrangler so it can at least look like it performs at the same level as a Rubicon.
The good news is this is not as complicated or difficult as a lot of people would imagine. You just need to stick with your Jeep Wrangler Sport and have the necessary upgrade strategies made up of simple mods to make it look and feel like the Rubicon.
At the end of the day, it’s all about the driver’s perception. If a little bit of upgrades here and there will improve your perception of your Jeep Wrangler sport, then you win out because you don’t have to spend at least $10,000 on a Rubicon.
Upgrades and modification ideas
So what kind of tweaks and cosmetic changes can you make to make it appear that your Wrangler is at the same level as a Rubicon?
First, you need to upgrade your suspension. This is one of the more important upgrades that you can make because the Rubicon has a better suspension system than the Wrangler Sport. There are many options available in aftermarket online stores. Your best bet is to get Fox 2.0 performance shocks put in.
These are the most recommended upgrades for your suspension system to level it up with the Rubicon. You also have to include new springs in the assembly.
Switch to a disconnectable sway bar
This is a pretty simple tweak. This is also pretty useful when driving through very steep terrain and all sorts of obstacles.
Upgrade your lift kit
Since the Rubicon has larger tires, your lift kit can help you compensate by adding 1.1 inches in ground clearance.
Install Dana 44 Tru-lock axles
By slapping on these axles in the front and rear of your off-road vehicle, you can dramatically improve its performance or at least get it close to the Rubicon.
Upgrade to a 4.1 transfer case
You should shoot for a ratio of 2.73:1 for more power during low-speed intervals. This way, your performance would be somewhat comparable to the Rubicon.
Get bigger tires
The Rubicon comes with 33-inch tires and 17-inch rims. The good news is you don’t have to burn a hole through your pocket to level up to these size tires. There is a tremendous after-market out there. So just pick the right tires at the right sizes and you should be good to go.
Upgrade to Rubicon armor
These are rock trails and door sills with a steel front skid plate. Depending on where you get it, this upgrade doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg.
Install Rubicon bumpers
These front and rear assemblies will make your Wrangler Sport look like a Rubicon. It will definitely improve the overall aesthetics of your off-road vehicle.
Play around with the interiors
You can make certain changes to your interiors to make them look more like a Rubicon. You can add red D rings and Rubicon decals to the exterior of your vehicle as well.
Change your dashboard’s color to red
Just like the Rubicon, a red dashboard highlights action and a sense of urgency.
Install door sill guards
This is self-explanatory. A little bit of attention to detail can definitely help when it comes to leveling up a Jeep Wrangler to the Rubicon.
Other minor modifications and tweaks that will help you level up the look of your Wrangler
Here are just some random ideas. You don’t necessarily have to follow through on all of them. Please understand that there’s a $10,000 difference between a Jeep Wrangler and a Rubicon. That’s a lot of money to play with. I’ll leave it up to your discretion as to how much of these suggestions you decide to take on because you have to keep in mind that for every option that you choose to implement, you’re going to have to spend some of that $10,000 difference.
Replace your hood latches
Install grab handles
Install entry guards and floor liners
Replace the stock lights and switch over to LED lights
Install a lift gear to help increase your off-road vehicle’s ground clearance
Install a roof rack for extra luggage or equipment storage
Have body armor, rock sliders, and skid plates put in. Not only do these look good, but they also protect your vehicle during steep climbs and very rocky and uneven terrain.
Install a winch. This is a very helpful option in case of emergency, towing, or any other trail-related emergency procedures or actions.