Jeep steps up Rubicon’s off-road resume
100:1 crawl ratio thanks to available 4.88 gears
It’s not the 1990s, but Jeep is still planning to go Xtreme! It’s the Jeep Wrangler Xtreme Recon that adds taller tires and a 100:1 crawl ratio to the Wrangler Rubicon in a move that totally isn’t a direct response to the Ford Bronco that has finally entered production.
The biggest news is factory 35’s. The first time that Jeep has offered 35-inch tall tires (in a 315/70R17 size) on a showroom stock Wrangler. The point of taller tires is to put the center of the tire higher up on obstacles when you’re off-road. So instead of climbing up and over a rock, the tire can just roll onto the top of rocks, logs, and other obstacles.
The tallest tires previously offered were 33’s, and most off-road authorities say that anything taller required a lift or other changes. Which must be right since Jeep is fitting the Xtreme Recon with a 1.5-inch lift and specially tuned shocks.
Other enhancements for off-roading include bead-lock capable wheels, but it’s inside the axles where you’ll find the tallest changes. 4.56:1 axle ratios, up from the 4.1:1 that comes standard on Rubicon. A higher number means more torque multiplication, useful for climbing hills and making ultra-slow off-road maneuvers without upsetting the Jeep with the throttle.
Later in the year, Xtreme Recon’s real party trick arrives in the form of 4.88:1 axles. If you’ve picked the manual transmission, that will give you a best-in-class crawl ratio of 100:1 for more torque and more control on the trail.
Customers can order the pack now on Rubicon 4-door models. Production starts in August and the Jeeps should start to arrive not long after. The package has an MSRP of $4,995 in Canada, or $3,995 for U.S. buyers.