I've seen this topic generally addressed in a couple of other threads, but I'd really like to make it a bit more of a science, soooo....
The analysis, so far, assumes the following;
Wheels, tires and suspension will be modified with aftermarket parts. The goal here is to remove any differences between the stock suspensions, tires and wheels of the X and Rubicon.
The Jeep X package 23c was added to account for the following items (only way that I could find to add some of the items that are standard on the Rubicon:
2 Front & 1 Rear Tow Hooks
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
Temperature & Compass Gauge
This package added the Deep Tint Sunscreen Window, so I had to add this to the Rubicon as an option
This package also added the following wheels and tires:
16x7 Aluminum Wheels
P245/75R16 BSW On/Off Road Tires
I accounted for this by letting the Rubi have a $300 benefit as if you are going to sell your original wheels and tires as used. This was deducted from the cost difference of the two models.
I have created two web pages.
The first page has the side by side comparison off all features that I could find. Thank you to jeep warehouse, as they provided much of the details for this page.
I've tried to be fairly careful and comprehensive in my comparison, but please let me know if you spot any problems. Private messages are preferred for this. I'll make changes accordingly.
The second page has analysis of what needs to be done to an X to make it equal to or better than a Rubicon. This is where I need some help from the experts. Please check out the page, and give me feedback and recommendations for the analysis that I have done so far. I'll update the changes to the site accordingly.
Regarding Labor costs. I assume that most people with interest in this thread, will do as much work as can easily be done in a home garage. Accordingly, if work really needs to be done by a professional, then please provide your best guess as to how many hours it may take to do that specific work.
(Revision) I made a mistake on the budget. The priced difference between an X and a Rubicon, if prices are negotiated at the dealer, is around $3,700. I got these discounted prices from jeep warehouse. The website is updated.