StaffAllpar HomeMore NewsCarsTrucksUpcomingRepairsTest drives

Meet the Rubicon Recon

by David Zatz on

The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon will increase its off-road powers with a stronger front axle, enhanced rock rails, and heavy-duty cast differential covers. Starting at US$39,145 for the two-door and $42,945 for the four-door Wrangler Unlimited, the Recon also includes the Connectivity Group, Power Convenience Group, satellite radio, remote starter, and auto temperature control.

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

The front axle has strengthened tubes and heavy-duty end forgings; the rock rails were shortened to deal with 35-inch tires. With a six-speed manual transmission, the Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition has an impressive crawl ratio of 73.1:1. Paints are black, white, silver, Firecracker Red, Gobi, Rhino, and Granite Crystal (gray).

Other features are a half-inch lift, 17-inch Low Gloss Granite Crystal-painted aluminum wheels in 32-inch BF Goodrich KM off-road tires, optional body-color fender flares, and a dual-vented Power Dome hood with a black-silhouette “Rubicon” decal on both sides.

The looks are also set off by a low-gloss black grille with low-gloss gray inserts and headlamp rings; low-gloss black off-road bumpers; and a red-based Jeep badge. The steel front bumper is winch-capable, with removable end caps to reduce damage on the trail. Red tow hooks were placed in front and back.

The interior has eight-speaker audio, black leather heated seats,  leather-wrapped steering wheel with red accent stitching, black vinyl-wrapped front door armrest and console lid with black stitching, red accent netting on front and rear door pockets and the center console, and red accent-colored seatbelts.

A dashboard plaque displays information regarding the front and rear axles, front sway bar, transfer case and tires. The gauge cluster has a premium information center. The company throws in all-weather slush mats and red-accented axle locker and sway-bar disconnect switches. The package is available in the US and Canada and may be sold elsewhere as well.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

Jeep K8
Jeep Grand Commander?

Here’s what the 2018 Wrangler JL will cost

Aussies go for Mopar squads

More Mopar Car
and Truck News

Some popular Allpar pages





Dodge Demon

2018 Wrangler JL



Staff details/contactsTerms of ServiceInformation is presented to the best of our knowledge. Plans change and sometimes mistakes are made. Decisions or purchases made based on this site's verbiage or images are done at the reader's own risk. Also see the Allpar News archives, 1997-2008 • Copyright © 2008-2017, Allpar LLC. All rights reserved. • Mopar, Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler, HEMI, and certain other names are trademarks of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.