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Old 01-04-2012, 10:29 PM   #1
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2WD vs 4WD lift question

I feel silly for asking this, but does it matter when choosing a mild suspension lift (2.5"-3") if you have a 2WD or 4WD 4 door JK? I just want to make sure before I order one online. Mine is 2WD Sahara Unlimited. Do they require any different parts or is it all the same? Also, I know there are plenty of threads about lifts but if you want to throw in your 2 cents to recommend a budget friendly 2.5"-3" lift, I'm all ears. This is my daily driver but I don't want to go too minimal and just spend more money later to upgrade. Let's say under $800...

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Old 01-05-2012, 05:44 AM   #2
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Lifts are same be it 2wd or 4wd. Just think....you wont have any front driveshaft issues to contend with.

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The lift for a 2WD is the same as for a 4WD, except there might be some giggling involved.
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Okay, I'll be 'that guy'.
Do they even make 2x JKs?
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Not sure what you're looking for but have you thought about 2" spacers?
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Okay, I'll be 'that guy'.
Do they even make 2x JKs?
They did. Production stopped for 2011 I believe.
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Not sure what you're looking for but have you thought about 2" spacers?
What he said. I did a spacer lift on my 2010 (4WD). It's cheap and effective.
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They did. Production stopped for 2011 I believe.
09 was the last year. That's why you had so much trouble finding one.
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09 was the last year. That's why you had so much trouble finding one.
You know, I wouldn't mind having a 2WD Wrangler in addition. Toss a modded Hemi in it, lower it, and embarrass some Mustangs and Camaros. Top down, doors off, ass kicking.
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That's awesome. There's a really nice lifted 70's Blazer that comes to the local track. It runs 11.70's on 35" mud tires.
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In parts of the good ol USA lifted 2WD trucks are very trendy. Most people don't need a 4X4 wrangler at all as they are very capable in the 2 wheel drive mode. And driving through the mall most people could not till the difference anyway. This is even more true if you live in the sun belt and never do any extreme off roading. And your mileage will be better then the 4 wheel drive versions so who cares. Everybody has different needs.
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That's why I've never understood all the folks who "de-badge" their Jeep by taking off the "Trail Rated" badge. From the factory, that's one of the give aways that a JK is 2WD--no Trail Rated badge.

But yes, to the OP, just go with a 2" budget boost. You won't need to spend anywhere near $800 on parts. And a budget boost can be installed at home by somebody who's reasonably handy. Even if you have a shop do it, you could get the whole thing done (parts + labor) for under $800.
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I'm not sure I'd want to go that fast in a CJ-7.
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I feel silly for asking this, but does it matter when choosing a mild suspension lift (2.5"-3") if you have a 2WD or 4WD 4 door JK? I just want to make sure before I order one online. Mine is 2WD Sahara Unlimited. Do they require any different parts or is it all the same? Also, I know there are plenty of threads about lifts but if you want to throw in your 2 cents to recommend a budget friendly 2.5"-3" lift, I'm all ears. This is my daily driver but I don't want to go too minimal and just spend more money later to upgrade. Let's say under $800...
Do not feel bad about owning a 2WD Jeep. I have one myself and I also have it as a daily driver when I am not offshore working. I just recently put a 2" spacer kit on in my garage. Two jack stands, floor jack, and a ratchet set, box wrenches and a couple of hours and it was done. The cost of the kit was $140.00 with tax and then another $65.00 for an alingment. Well worth it. It gave the keep a better look and feel for me. I have debadged the Jeep as I have done on every vehicle. The Wrangler Unlimited X stickers are a wax trap. I know I will get laughed at for waxing a Jeep but who cares...not me. Morris 4x4 and Quadratech all have these spacer kits. I was told by the tech at Cajun Offroad (local 4x4 shop) that anything over 2.5" will require more mods to the suspension. Once I get home I can send you some pictures of before and after. I have one more week at work then I will be able to get to the pictures.

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