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for Plowing 2004 Rubicon VS 2012 Rubicon both 2 door

Discussion in 'Jeeps' started by ken643, Jul 5, 2016.

  1. ken643

    ken643 Senior Member
    Messages: 820

    Hi my fellow Jeep snow plowers. Last thing we are all thinking of in summer is snow. But Id like to get some opinions from all of you. I have a proven animal 2004 Jeep Rubicon with a 7'-6" Fisher plow. Jeep has done a superb job plowing all the years I have owned it. But it starting to show some rust in a few spots, still runs strong with only 74,000 miles on it very well maintained.

    For mostly comfort reasons I was looking at moving to a 2012 Rubicon and swapping plow and lights etc.. over to it. Or sell 2004 and put all new on the 2012, or not do any of it that's where you guys come in. The 2004 has the 4.0 which is unstoppable, just don't know much about the 3.6 other than more horsepower. All information and preferences along with experiences are very appreciated. Thank you all

    Ken
     
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2016
  2. JK-Plow

    JK-Plow Senior Member
    Messages: 189

    If it has the 3.6, that is a very good engine. A Michigan company AEV would change out the enigne on the JK's that had the first enigne the 3.8. But when the 3.6 came out, they found it to be a very good engine. I had a 2007 JK with the 3.8 enigne and didn't have a problem when it came to plowing. But the 3.6 is by far superior.
     
  3. ken643

    ken643 Senior Member
    Messages: 820

    Thanks for the input. Still thinking about doing it. The 4.0 is bullet proof
     
  4. ken643

    ken643 Senior Member
    Messages: 820

    Looks like I am going to do it, the dealer called me and made a better deal. So looking like next season Ill be in a 2012 Rubicon. Tomorrow we do the deal if all goes well
     
  5. EHoward19

    EHoward19 Junior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 29

    Hey Ken, I have plowed with Jeeps mostly, I started with an 07 4 door unlimited sahara, used an 2011 sahara, now I have a 2015 Sahara. I can tell you that the 3.6 is definitely a much smoother ride, and I haven't had any issues plowing with it. If you are looking for mounts I have an extra set, just let me know.
     
  6. ken643

    ken643 Senior Member
    Messages: 820

    Great to hear, will be picking up the 2012 Tuesday. Thank you for the offer, but I'll probably have my dealer install everything. Exactly what I'm looking for a few more comforts. Thanks!
     
  7. EHoward19

    EHoward19 Junior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 29

    Make sure to post some pics!
     
  8. ken643

    ken643 Senior Member
    Messages: 820

    Will do for sure, have to switch over all my Rigid LED lights and winch etc...
     
  9. ken643

    ken643 Senior Member
    Messages: 820

    Here is the 2012 Rubicon I bought. More pics to come when everything is switched over.
     
  10. EHoward19

    EHoward19 Junior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 29

    Looks nice, how many miles?
     
  11. ken643

    ken643 Senior Member
    Messages: 820

    59,363 Miles. 2012, pretty much loaded except cloth seats. But they are heated and heated side view mirrors which will be a big plus
     
  12. ken643

    ken643 Senior Member
    Messages: 820

    Getting there, Plow frame, wiring and controller installed. 1 LED light bar transferred over. More to come.
     
  13. EHoward19

    EHoward19 Junior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 29

    Looking good, Do you have an Spod for the lights?
     
  14. ken643

    ken643 Senior Member
    Messages: 820

    I still have 2 pair of Rigid dually D2 lights and 1 pair of Rigid D2XL lights to mount. I'll be using the window pillar mounts and bumpers for the rest. Then the winch goes on.
     
  15. buttaluv

    buttaluv Member
    Messages: 81

    Sweet man, can't wait to watch some new videos!
     
  16. ken643

    ken643 Senior Member
    Messages: 820

    Hope we get snow so I can take some,lol.
     
  17. ken643

    ken643 Senior Member
    Messages: 820

    Installed the Rigid D2XL lights today on the pillar mounts, 2 pair of Rigid D2's to go yet and my amber strobe.
     
  18. ken643

    ken643 Senior Member
    Messages: 820

    Getting there, Plow on

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  19. EHoward19

    EHoward19 Junior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 29

    Nice, is that a brand new plow? It's going to be difficult watching your videos now, I am so used to the yellow Jeep
     
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  20. ken643

    ken643 Senior Member
    Messages: 820

    New mold board, went from 6'9 to 7'6 upgrade done back in January.