First of all, you may be wondering what a Sport is doing on our website, especially with our mainstay being the Rubicon trim package, and we wouldn't blame you! However, the fact of the matter is this, a Rubicon isn't for every buyer, and the standard equipment found on the Rubicon may not be used often or even needed by some. For instance, the 4:1 Rock-Track transfer case or the electronic sway bar disconnect system. If you aren't planning on low-speed crawling or disconnecting your sway bar on a regular basis, perhaps a Sport or Sahara package would better suit your needs. Also, the Rubicon Dana-44's are nice, but with a regular Dana-44 and Dana-30 standard in every non-Rubicon JK, a Sport or Sahara is great for running 35's. With this in mind, let's check out the first of our Sport line, a 2016 Hydro Blue Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited Sport!
The first reason this build stands out is the color, Hyrdo Blue. While most of our builds are usually more subdued, we went with a two tone black/blue look with this Sport. No question about it, the color combination makes this JKU stand out from the crowd. The two tone Aggressive Hawkeye Grille by Wildboar and the MOPAR powerdome hood provide a solid transition from the OEM Hydro Blue color to the black colors in the bumpers, fenders, wheels and tires. If you look closely, you can spot one of the new Rigid Industries Midnight Edition 20" LED light bars, mounted to the AEV tubeless front bumper. JW Speaker 8700 Evolution 2 LED Headlights, JW Speaker 6145 J Series Fog Lights, Recon Turn Signals and Side Markers round out the lighting on the front-end. The JW headlights and fogs go great with the blacked out look, further accenting the Hydro Blue exterior.This JKU Sport is riding on an AEV 3.5" DualSport SC Suspension System with 35x12.50x18 Toyo Open Country M/T Tires and Fuel 18x9 Hostage Wheels. This combination provides the great ride quality of AEV with the benefits of an M/T tire, coupled with a little bit of street-style from the Fuel wheels. N-fab side steps and an AEV rear bumper and tire carrier combination round out the bumper and step package. The tire carrier also features a pair of Rigid Industries midnight Edition LED Pods, great for lighting up the night while backing out of a parking lot or driveway!Around town or on the highway, the Alpine X009-Wra Head Unit provides a larger screen for GPS and radio channel surfing, as well as giving the dash a more modern appearance. The interior trim accent set has been painted Hydro Blue, to match the exterior paint. This includes HVAC bezels, the trim pieces for the Alpine unit, door trim panels, and more! A full set of front and rear GraBars, also in Hydro Blue, were added to help with entering and exiting the Jeep. Also featured inside the Jeep are a full Alea Leather Interior with Hydro Blue stitching and front seat-heaters, as well as a Rugged Ridge A Pillar Switch Panel, to control the auxiliary lighting.As this is a Sport, the 4x4 system lacks the lockers found on the Rubicon, and does feature a 3.73 gear ratio. However, with the AEV lift kit, 35" M/T tires, and the legendary Command-Trac 4x4 system from Jeep, this Sport is still quite capable offroad. With that being said, if you're planning on running 37's and taking your Jeep further off the beaten path, the heavy-duty Dana-44s and factory lockers found on the Rubicon would be well worth the cost. However, if you aren't the hardcore offroad enthusiast, one of our Sport models is a great way to go, especially if you're leaning towards a daily-driver or commuter vehicle. You still get the RubiTrux touch without the high cost associated with a Rubicon, and with great accessories such as Alea Leather, the Alpine X009-Wra Headunit, and the AEV bumpers, this Sport is more than ready to hit the open road or the trails! Let us know what you think, and be sure to give us a call if one of our new Sport models is for you!