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I've been a Jeep guy for a long, long time. I've read a lot of threads by former JK owners who've traded up to the Rebel and are happy. Thinking about trading my JK for a Rebel. Looking for any former Jeepers who regret getting rid of their Jeep. I'm drawn to the 5.7 Hemi and the creature comforts available with the Rebel. Things I don't like about my JK are the highway drive, no power anything... and thats about it.

3.5" Rubicon Express Lift, 35" MT Tires, AEV wheels, Front & Rear lockers, $$$ lots of extras.
 

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Last week I traded my '14 JKU for a new Rebel. I liked the Jeep for what it was, but it's more of a one-dimensional toy. I am moving from WA to NC and knew I wasn't gonna make a trip like that in the Jeep. I was never a truck guy but once I looked at the Rebel (while I was in again getting warranty work done on the Jeep) I knew that was it. Fortunately Jeeps hold their price because they came down $8 thousand off list and paid me $1 thou more than I originally paid for the Jeep when it was new. When all was said and done, for a small amount I ended up with four times the vehicle. Couldn't pass it up and glad I went for it. I couldn't hear myself think in the Jeep with all the rattles and squeeks......not now. Go for it and you'll never look back.
 

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I've been a Jeep guy for a long, long time. I've read a lot of threads by former JK owners who've traded up to the Rebel and are happy. Thinking about trading my JK for a Rebel. Looking for any former Jeepers who regret getting rid of their Jeep. I'm drawn to the 5.7 Hemi and the creature comforts available with the Rebel. Things I don't like about my JK are the highway drive, no power anything... and thats about it.

3.5" Rubicon Express Lift, 35" MT Tires, AEV wheels, Front & Rear lockers, $$$ lots of extras.
That is a sweet looking Jeep. I have a TJ and didn't sell it, it has its utility here in Colorado that I use it for instead of the Rebel. But as a daily driver, it does not compare. If you decide to part with your JK, where's it at and how much are you going to ask for it? I'm interested!
 

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Depends on what you were after.

I traded a loaded 4 door Rubicon for the Rebel.
Creature comforts / etc was a horizontal trade. We lost nothing, gained nothing.

The Rubicon had a proper JKS lift, fox shocks, 35's, wheels, winch, flat flares, etc etc.
It was AMAZING in the respect that it went ANYWHERE I pointed it.

When we got the Rebel, priorities shifted. We made sacrifices, but gains in other areas.. Check it.

Losses:
- Extreme off road capability. The JK went ANYWHERE I wanted it to go. The Rebel does not. No lockers. And "off road mode" in the suspension is a joke. It is so rough, and goes back to normal after 35 km/h.

- Butter smooth ride on the roughest of terrain. We went anywhere at 60mph, on road, off road. I changed the tires on the Rebel to 315/70/17's, and my ride got better… But it's no Rubicon on 35's w/fox shocks.

- Exceptional retained value. I sold it for what I had into it. I bought the Rebel at $100 over dealer cost…. I owe more than it's worth right now. No head start. Trucks, no matter the brand stink for resale value.

- Aftermarket parts support. I could buy anything I wanted to achieve any goal with the Jeep. Sky is the limit, as much as you can afford - you can spend. The Rebel.. Noone makes a winch mount for it. I can't even get side steps to fit a 2015.5 yet that require no modification. No Locker available for the front, I've heard there are one or two brands for the rear - maybe. BDS makes a 4" lift - but i've heard it rides like crap.


Gains:
-Truck Box. I carry anything I want now. In the Rubicon, buddies were going for a bonfire… I brought the chainsaw, half the time the wood is green or wet… Buddies with trucks brought palettes or seasoned wood that burned well. I needed a bike rack for mountain bikes, half the time I had to pull the rack out, attach it, etc etc. The truck? Throwem in.

-5.7 Hemi. I cannot believe the Rubicon does not come with one of these yet!!! On 35's, a 3.6 and automatic - it was a DOG. Fuel economy sucked, and off road was boring as **** if anything required speed. I'm sure a conservatively tuned Hemi JK w/ 4 cyl MDS would get the same fuel economy as the 3.6 variant.

-Highway driveability. On 35's the Rebel hits any highway like a car. Put it in Aero Mode, set the cruise at 10 over, pump the tunes and have a relaxing drive. The Rubicon on 35's….. OH MY GOD hang on, because this is the most tiring drive you've ever made. Grabbing at every rut in the road, constant steering input. I spent hundreds of dollars on wheel alignments, road force balancing and All terrain tires. I couldn't make it drive well. (this was why we got rid of it)

-I CAN FINALLY TOW SOMETHING! The Rebel has a 10,800 LB towing capacity! We bought a camping trailer. Almost immediately. This is something I couldn't do in the Wrangler.




As much as I miss the JK… I love the Rebel for everything it isn't.

If Jeep put a Hemi in a JK, gave it Dana 60's(or at least one in the rear), and a truck box… I'd buy one.
But until they do, the Rebel is the closest thing I could get.

Want everything you currently have, but a V8 and a truck box? Buy a Powerwagon.
We were very close to buying a Powerwagon… It's a Truck version of the JK.
Lockers, winch, swaybar disconnect, fits 37's bone stock….

It is unfortunately too big of a vehicle for us to live with it daily. It's a bigass truck.
 

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That is a TOUGH decision. I have an 09 JKU Rubicon with lift, 35's, etc. Lucky for me I have it paid off. Got the Rebel the day after I made final payment on Jeep. Jeep is now a weekend toy and beach cruiser. Very happy with the Rebel. I love the power, room and ride compared to my Jeep. Like mentioned above, it's all about what you are looking for. Good luck with your decision and let us know which way you go.
 

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I've been a Jeep guy for a long, long time. I've read a lot of threads by former JK owners who've traded up to the Rebel and are happy. Thinking about trading my JK for a Rebel. Looking for any former Jeepers who regret getting rid of their Jeep. I'm drawn to the 5.7 Hemi and the creature comforts available with the Rebel. Things I don't like about my JK are the highway drive, no power anything... and thats about it.

3.5" Rubicon Express Lift, 35" MT Tires, AEV wheels, Front & Rear lockers, $$$ lots of extras.



Sweet JK. Very well built. I've been there, done that with a 2010. There are days I regret the open top and cruising the beach, but when you have to wheel your daily driver (and the daily driver isn't very asphalt friendly), I gave up the fight. Someday I'll go and build another when my son is old enough, but for now, the Rebel will satisfy my needs
Good luck with your decision
Todd
 

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Kept my 2014 JKURX and bought the Rebel for "work." The Rubi hasn't moved in a month, now I am sure that will change as the weather gets better. The ratio of my wheel time will still heavily favor the Rebel though and even when I was driving the Rebel off the lot I would have never guess that because I LOVE my Rubi. 90% of that is the Hemi, if I could get a factory Hemi and a decent uConnect system in a JKU I would break the bank for it. When i went looking for a truck the Rebel stood out as the closest thing to my Rubi with the space and functionality I needed.

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Went to a dealer...

They offered me $24,500 for my '13 JK, with tax savings, thats about equal to $26,000 if I'd sold to private seller. Paid $20k for the JK and have just over $12k in upgrades. They also offered $8,380 off MSRP of $54,330. It was the end of the month, end of the quarter.

Took my wife and grandson to the dealership for a test drive. Grandson was excited and said "This is the best truck ever!".

Was going to counter offer $1k more off, but during the test drive, my grandson burst in to tears and said he wanted me to keep the Jeep. I loved the ride, the truck had everything I wanted except Ramboxes. Was ready to sign, but I want to help keep things stable for grandson. His mom (my daughter) is leaving/abandoning him next month.

Thanks for the feedback all. Will spend some time with the grandson watching Rebel videos on YouTube. I love my Jeep, but he really loves it.
 

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Traded my JK

After quite a few Ram Rebel YouTube videos, and a toy Ram 1500, the grandson was convinced.

I picked up my Rebel a couple days ago. Sunroof, Ramboxes, 8.4AN, 5.7L, Anti-Spin, 3.92. MSRP was $55,720.

I gave the dealer my Jeep. They gave me the Rebel on a 3 year lease with no payments, 15,000 miles/year. And they cut me a check for $4,500.
 

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awesome thread. i'm actually looking in the opposite direction. I want a JK on the side even though i have so many play cars.
Supercharged 2014 Durango, 2015 Rebel, and a older 2011 Ford Expedition that i will probably sell. Just need to convince the Mrs that i need a wrangler.. for the snow or something.
 

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I liked my jeeps when I owned them, but I was always taking long road trips. As mentioned by others, that's not the Jeep forte. Plus, with me driving, there's never really a lot of room for the person behind the drivers' seat. Even the Cherokees, which have a lot of off-road capacity and handle far better on the highways, have their limitations. I'm always having to haul something that's too heavy or large to fit in a jeep. Especially lumber, I do a fair bit of woodworking. I miss the jeeps for summer run-around fun, but not in the winter. And for hauling and highway driving, I don't miss them at all. Someday I might get another one but I just don't see it happening. Unless maybe the wife wants one as her regular vehicle.
 
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