No Mojave in Australia. Start with Overland or Rubicon?

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Wow I would think Australia would be ideal for the Mojave.

I'd get an Overland since you want the fancy interior, install a rear ARB, widen the stance with new wheels and tires, and drop the money on the high dollar Fox shocks that come on the Mojave. No sense in spending more for the Rubicon upgrades you won't need, or the suspension you'll just be taking off.
Yep, that's it right there. Casey Currie starts all his JTs as Overlands, gets the niceties he wants, and knows all the Rubi stuff is coming off, so why buy it. Not knocking Rubis, they are extremely capable, just have to keep in mind your end goals and what you plan to upgrade vs. keep on the truck.





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This, throwing a locker on the back if it's what you want. Pimp it for maximum comfort out the door... wheels/tires/shocks are easy to grab aftermarket. I've decided shocks from the showroom floor are going to be crappy anyway and you'll almost always be better off spending the money on aftermarket (though I like Falcon more than Fox.)

The Rubicon shocks are good for their intended purpose, and the Mojave shocks are legit amazing.

I don't get the people that buy a Rubicon model then swap the axles right away but I'm sure there are situations I just don't see. Maybe they got a crazy good deal, were able to recoup even more money by selling the factory axles, etc. Everyone's situation is different and heck some people just love the Rubi look. I know I do. The highline fenders just look fantastic to me.
 

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If your budget permits, always go with a Rubicon
 
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We call that a Pre-Runner in the desert southwest of the US and that's my goal. I installed the Falcon Piggyback 3.3 shocks a couple of weeks ago, but only got the 1.5" max range of motion because I don't want giant tires or a high center of gravity.
I had never heard of pre-runner, thanks for that rabbit hole, now I know what to drive in the end times! I found those Falcon shocks locally https://www.sbroffroad.com.au/Falcon-JK-2D-3-3-Adjust-Piggyback-Shock so thanks for the tip. I'm starting to get it.
 
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I assume the overland in Australia is 3.73 gears abs rubicon is 4.10 like here in the states.
Sure is mate. 4.10 gears and wide track Dana's on the Rubicon, which I think brings the Rubi closer to a Mojave (closer but not 'close') and I was thinking these features are harder to modify compared to shocks, for example.
 
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Wow I would think Australia would be ideal for the Mojave.

I'd get an Overland since you want the fancy interior, install a rear ARB, widen the stance with new wheels and tires, and drop the money on the high dollar Fox shocks that come on the Mojave. No sense in spending more for the Rubicon upgrades you won't need, or the suspension you'll just be taking off.
OK I understand this approach. Thanks. How important is the 3.73 (Overland) vs 4.10 (Rubicon) gearing? Just asking that question probably tells you how much I have to learn.
 
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Just a thanks for the help so far. I've been a bit slow on the reply as we've had a bit wind here, knocked out power and mobile phone coverage for a week.
 

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I had never heard of pre-runner, thanks for that rabbit hole, now I know what to drive in the end times! I found those Falcon shocks locally https://www.sbroffroad.com.au/Falcon-JK-2D-3-3-Adjust-Piggyback-Shock so thanks for the tip. I'm starting to get it.
Nice! I got mine quite fast from Teraflex directly, so glad it wasn't a wait. I also ordered their Adjustable Steering Stabilizer (Nexus 2.2) but that's on a 4 month backorder. I opted for the steering because I found that highway speeds with any curves could sometimes feel a bit too loose to my liking. I think once that's installed I *might* look into putting the Mojave springs front and rear, but for now I have the Max Tow springs in the rear, Rubicon springs up front. I don't feel like i'm sufffering for my springs at this point.

Yes, the pre-runner planning is a rabbit hole. If I can get it dialed in then I get the best of all worlds. (c: (for me anyway... go fast, handle like a sports car) I hope you start a build thread to cover what you're doing, it'll be fun to see what you accomplish.
 

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