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Jeep Wrangler

Burago 1/32 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Kit First Look

By Stephen Sutton

Date of Review December 2011 Manufacturer Burago
Subject Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Scale 1/32
Kit Number 18-45121 Primary Media Die-cast Metal, Plastic
Pros Simple build, easy assembly Cons Peel off decals, and no Rubicon Decals, No Freedom Hardtop
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $12.99

First Look

Jeep Wrangler
Jeep Wrangler
Jeep Wrangler
Jeep Wrangler
Jeep Wrangler
Jeep Wrangler
Jeep Wrangler

The 2007 model year brought the complete redesign of the Jeep Wrangler, in both two and four-door models. The TJ platform was replaced by a new JK platform. This next-generation Wrangler was significantly larger than the existing model, with a 2-inch longer wheelbase and 3.4-inch wider track, though the two-door model is actually 2.5 inches shorter in the overall length than the TJ, allowing for a 44.3-degree approach angle and a 40.4-degree departure angle.  With a larger available standard tire size of 32 in, break over angle is unchanged.

JK was introduced at the 2006 North American International Auto Show with past Chrysler group CEO Tom LaSorda driving one up some steps and through a plate glass window, just as Robert Lutz had done at the show in 1992 with the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The JK was first available for purchase with the 2007 model year.

A 3.8 L EGH V6 with a displacement of 230.5 cubic inches producing (202 hp and 237 foot-pounds of torque.

The JK Wrangler is offered in two versions:

  • A short-wheelbase 2-door, in X, Sahara and Rubicon trim levels
  • A long-wheelbase Unlimited 4-door, also in X, Sahara and Rubicon trim levels

The Rubicon package is the dedicated "Off-road" package. Standard components of the Rubicon package include Front and rear generation II Dana 44 axles, front and rear electronic lockers, rock rails, Electronic sway bar disconnect, 32 spline rear axle with an 8.8 inch ring gear, 4:1 Rock-Trac transfer case, 4.10 axle gearing.  7 speaker infinity sound system, removable doors, a fold-down windshield, and any other available option can be added.

Being a JK owner, I’ve been looking for a model kit that represent the 2007 and up Wrangler 4 door Unlimited.  Then I came across this kit and I snagged it up right away.  Burago is known for their metal bodied kits and most of them are very nice representations of sports cars and SUVs.  Upon opening the box, the die cast body is packed separately from the rest of the kit pars and all parts are picked in separate bags. 

The soft top is already mounted on the body and looks like it could be removed easily, no Freedom hard top is provided with the kit.  Interior wise is nicely represented and looks just like the wrangler except no roll bars are provided in the kit. The dash and instrument cluster look represent the wrangler very well, the steering wheel even has the jeep logo painted on it. 

The wheels represent the OEM factory 17” wheels complete with 32” BFG Mud Terrain, but no markings are found on the tires.  The windows look very crisp and clear, no glass is provided for the driver and passenger windows. Peel off decals are provided to add numbers a flames, but no extra decals are provided for the Rubicon hood decal, in case you want to paint your jeep having the extra Rubicon decals would be nice.

This is the only game in town for the 4 door Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon.  I would like to see a 1/24 version plastic kit released one day.  For know this kit will be a nice addition to my die cast and model car collection.  I highly recommended this kit for Jeep Enthusiasts and collector alike.