The Daily Driver JK
One of the last things I did before I quit working for Chrysler was to buy a 2008 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited. I built it over the next year or two and put 85,000 miles on it as my daily driver in just four years.
Stomping Ground: Southeast Michigan
Vehicle Year: 2008
Engine: 3.8L V-6
Transfer case(s): RockTrac 4:1
Front axle/differential: Dana 44 e-locker
Rear axle/differential: Dana 44 e-locker
Axle ratio: 4.10
Front suspension: AEV 3.5-inch lift
Rear suspension: AEV 3.5-inch lift
Tires: Had several: BFG M/T, Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ, Cooper A/T
Bumpers and armor: Hanson
Other cool stuff: Warn PowerPlant winch, Corbeau heated seats, Tuffy Security console and rear cargo lockbox, Rock Crawler remote reservoir shocks, SuperChips programmer, Bestop tube doors
Why you built it: I love the every day usefulneess of the 4-door Wrangler. The Rubicon came with most of the good off-road hardware I wanted (lockers, 4:1 t-case, swaybar disconnect). Great off-road for most stuff.
What you would do differently: I'd get one with the 3.6L Pentastar or plan on a V-8 upgrade from Day 1.