I thought the only big difference in axle was the knuckle. Everything else is Dana 44 4.10 same between themStill looks to me in regards to towing the Rubicon is the best option for the diesel since the GCWR is higher than any of the others.
Rubicon axles curiously have a higher GAWR than the gas versions which makes me wonder if the Rubicons not only got higher spring ratings but also got some of the beefier Mojave axle components or they are an entirely new spec axle.
Rubicon front axles have lockers and the diesel the gearing is different but more than likely the stronger knuckle on the diesel is the differentiation. Hard to tell without them side by side.I thought the only big difference in axle was the knuckle. Everything else is Dana 44 4.10 same between them
I thought the exact same thing with their numbers and why I just gave up this morning. I found at least 6-7 errors in their spec sheet and option guide related to the diesel JTR. Just doesnt add up or make sense.Rubicon front axles have lockers and the diesel the gearing is different but more than likely the stronger knuckle on the diesel is the differentiation. Hard to tell without them side by side.
On another note I did see something odd with the GCWR/Tow numbers.
They have always stated GCWR = Base Weight + Maximum Trailer Weight + 150 lbs. for driver in this document and their manuals.
With the Rubicon at 5352 base weight making the 'fixed' portion of the calculation 5502 when you add the tow portion it is only 11502 yet if you subtract the 5502 from the listed GCWR of 12100 you get an actual max tow rating of 6598. So which is it FCA? Don't post an equation if it does not add up.
Like the tow ratings people are posting from the Jeep app I bet there is a bit of swag between these numbers and the actuals that come on the door sticker.
Not true. Price depends on your area. Diesel is no more expensive than regular gas for me. Not midgrade or premium.... Regular. I only say this because region will make a difference. The plus on diesel and price is in my market it is less prone to price swings. Much more stable.Some notes:
The sheets such as the one posted are always general numbers. Usually they're rounded. Each truck will vary slightly depending on options.
Rubicon has 32 spline shafts and is simply stronger in the axles. The standard width axles are a little "weaker", right? So what's surprising about that?
300 lbs. more weight means 300 lbs. less payload. That's why Jeep gave the diesel models a different GCWR. It helps keep the payload from being too miserable. (Which begs the question: If FCA can simply wave magic fairy dust on the truck and give it a higher GCWR, why didn't they do that to ALL JTs in the first place? Can you imagine a Sport Max Tow with 2,000 lbs. of payload? That would be a truly useful truck.)
Keep in mind that weight also hurts towing ability. Notice I said ability, not capacity. So, a heavier truck will tow less efficiently than a lighter truck if all else is the same. I still think I'd go Sport S if hauling or towing was my main concern.
Even though EcoDiesel shaves 1,000 lbs. of towing capacity off the truck, it will still tow more effortlessly than the Pentastar. An EcoDiesel will tow 6,000 lbs. more easily than a Pentastar will tow 4,000 lbs.
With around 4,000 lbs. behind the EcoDiesel, expect to see MPGs decrease by around 7-8. This will put you in the 14 MPG range, which is slightly better than the Pentastar which tows the same load at roughly 12 MPG. (This is all from personal experience). So, while towing you'll end up spending a little more $$$ at the pump since diesel costs more.