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Old 05-29-2011, 09:15 PM   #1
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2 door vs 4 door offroad?

Which is the better off road vehicle? I presume the JK is better than the JKU, but how much of a difference is there?

SOMEONE on this list must have run both and can speak from experience?

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Old 05-29-2011, 09:21 PM   #2
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How do you define better? Climbing, trails, mud? Having only owned a JKU, I can only speculate JKU is better for climbing, JK better at trails, due to tighter turning, and equal in the mud.

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Old 05-29-2011, 09:23 PM   #3
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Old 05-29-2011, 09:24 PM   #4
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Lets see, how about

What kind of weather ?
What kind of off-road?
How much load?
How many people involved?
How far to hiwy drive, before the off-road experience?
Auto/manual/towing?
Day trip?
Multi-daytrip?
alone/group?
Experienced driver?

Too many conditions to maks a choice from a simple question as yours-

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Old 05-29-2011, 09:27 PM   #5
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Watching the video made me realize what an advantage the 4 door is offroad.
There are so many parts in this video that the 2 door had to either skip, or struggle. One example is at 10:20 in the video.

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Old 05-29-2011, 09:55 PM   #6
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It's going to moot out. Some things a 2 door has an advantage, others a 4 door. In all instances, driver skill is paramount and modifications can make or break a situation. Don't let this make the decision for you.
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I have run both....
The 4 door with longer wheelbase will have better climbing abilities. The 2 door will have better turning on tight trail and switchbacks....they will both shine in different ways. Neither one is better.

One thing that did bother me was that I had to back up and make more technical turns on tight trails with the JKU. Not really a big deal it was just something new to deal with coming from the TJ.
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OP here - good video, confirming what I've been thinking. I've always been a fan of the short wheelbase jeeps but have observed that the longer wheelbase brings some off road advantages. When I went jeep shopping I figured the JK and JKU were both equally capable for any off roading I'd want to do so I chose based on other factors (got the Unlimited).

I'm sure there are clear advantages to each in various situations however. Maybe others will speak up?

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It's going to moot out. Some things a 2 door has an advantage, others a 4 door. In all instances, driver skill is paramount and modifications can make or break a situation. Don't let this make the decision for you.
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I have run both....
The 4 door with longer wheelbase will have better climbing abilities. The 2 door will have better turning on tight trail and switchbacks....they will both shine in different ways. Neither one is better.

One thing that did bother me was that I had to back up and make more technical turns on tight trails with the JKU. Not really a big deal it was just something new to deal with coming from the TJ.
plus one on that,,, the 2 door will shine in the woods,, the 4 door you'll be doing some backing up to get around trees and what not
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i have had a 2 door jk and now have a 4 door jk. the 2 door has a better breakover but the 4 door is better on hills (execpt when you get to the top) i took my 4 door out wheeling for the first time and it did way better than i thought it would. i did get a full set of skids for the 4 door though as i figured id be draging on a lot of rocks with the longer wheelbase.
THe big difference of course is space, i needed more room than the 2 door offered and i can now tow my camper also.
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Old 05-30-2011, 09:34 PM   #13
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I've also owned both a two door JK and a four door JK. They both work well. Where the two door is lacking on vertical climbs, it gains with a better breakover angle. Where the four door is lacking on breakover angle, it gains with better climbing capability. I think they are essentially equal when the four door is running two inches more lift than the two door has, or when the four door has two inch bigger tires than the two door has
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Why does the 2-door struggle on the rocks and the 4-door do it easily? You'd think it would be the other way around.
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Why does the 2-door struggle on the rocks and the 4-door do it easily? You'd think it would be the other way around.
if your talking about in the video on the climming part, the 4 door does better because it is longer so by the time the front wheels were close to the top of the hill the back wheels just started to touch. with the two door, the back wheels were already up. therefore the two door has to use more power to get all 4 wheels up instead of just the front two. if that makes any sense to you)

like everyone is saying 4 doors have a better chance of steep inclines due to the longer wheel base. be they have difficutly with tight switch backs and they have a higher chance of high centering than the two door does.

so really to make a decision on which to buy you have to kno what your needs are. yes you can take both the two and 4 door to any place and have a good time with either of them. and yes one will have more difficulty is spots.

you need to pic the one that you think looks better and fits your style.
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Why does the 2-door struggle on the rocks and the 4-door do it easily? You'd think it would be the other way around.
The longer wheelbase makes the JKU more stable, which helps in climbing.

I have never seen a jeep fail to overcome an obstacle on a trail because of how many doors it had. I have seen plenty of drivers unable to clear an obstacle because of their skill level.

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