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Old 06-30-2012, 11:27 PM   #1
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2wd or 4wd when offroad

So I took out my new to me Jeep and did some trail riding. I had a question on when to use 4wd vs. 2wd, I put in in 4wd as soon as I left the pavement, but my buddy who has been doing this longer than I have said he only uses 4wd when he thinks he needs it. Is one way better than the other? Seemed to run great in 4wd and I did not want to get stuck on a hill and be in 2wd, probably would have been fine in 2wd but why would you not use 4wd since that is what we were doing?

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Old 06-30-2012, 11:31 PM   #2
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I would never not use 4wd wheeling. You never know when your on a hill and you need it. Better to have it and not need it then to have to worry about shifting in the middle of the hill. IMO.

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Old 06-30-2012, 11:40 PM   #3
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Well, I generally run in 2wd with rear locker engaged. if i think i need 4wd i just pull up on the T-case shift one notch and push the locker button one more time. For us (the folks i ride with) is sort of bragging rights to make it in 2wd if you can its more of a show off type of thing.
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Old 06-30-2012, 11:54 PM   #4
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Old 07-01-2012, 01:07 AM   #5
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Use 4wd only when you need it. Conditions and the section of trail your own should dictate 2wd or 4wd. What's the point of the added wear and tear if you don't need it?
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Old 07-01-2012, 10:53 PM   #6
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Always start out in 2wd in mud and lock in when things get a little hairy. But if its hills I always run 4 Lo
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:30 AM   #7
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2 wd to get into trouble.
4 wd to get out of trouble.
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:59 AM   #8
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2 wd to get into trouble.
4 wd to get out of trouble.
^^^^ This.

I usually run in 2WD until I need 4WD. Depends upon the conditions or trail really, but I'm usually in and out of 4WD many times in a day. If I'm doing some rock crawling, I'm usually in 4WD the whole way. If I'm on a forest trail, I'm in 2WD until I need 4WD, such as when my tires slip a bunch while climbing, or fording a stream, or encountering a long stretch of snow.

Examples: I was in 4WD for this entire trail:



I was in 2WD at these places, then I popped it into 4WD to continue:





My granddaughter was in 2WD in this pic:

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Old 07-02-2012, 02:02 PM   #9
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2 wheel drive when on like logging road. If ur conserving gas for longer distance trips. But 4x if anychance of slipping. If u spin ur tire on loose rock you can slash ur tiress
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Old 07-02-2012, 06:58 PM   #10
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On tougher trail, I think 2Wd and even 4Hi causes more strain in many situations offroad. I start out in 4Hi unless I know the trail is tough/steep. Then I start out in 4Lo and keep it there.
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:32 PM   #11
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I keep it in 2wd until I need 4wd but Im a begginer about wheelin the jeep so I have a lot to learn.
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:27 PM   #12
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2 wd to get into trouble.
4 wd to get out of trouble.
x2

I mostly use 2wd on the trail to save fuel (and for bragging rights) untill I come up to a place where I think I need it then throw it into 4hi/low depending on terrain (the worst thing to do in mud is to be in 4low) but after a while you will learn to read terrain and know what you want to be in.
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:45 PM   #13
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i tend to stick it in 4hi once i start the trail and go to 4low for any steep/crawling situation

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