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Old 07-01-2013, 09:26 AM   #31
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:34 AM   #32
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Personally, I came very close to getting a 2 door.. The main issue, was lack of storage.. I don't generally drive with a lot of passengers (Usually just me and the girlfriend.. Sometimes her dog) But, for long snowboard trips, and camping trips, there was absolutely no way we could fit all our gear in the 2 door. (I tried.. Took all our boarding gear down to the dealership, and it just wasn't going to work) Plus, I personally don't have any issues with the look of the 4 door.. To me, it definitely isn't a "family cruiser" as some seem to call it.

Some days though, I do find myself jealous of the 2 door jeepers, but currently working on getting the gf to trade in her nissan for a 2 door..
Yeah. Nail on the head. If you pack large gear or lots of gear for long road trips you need the extra space FOR THE DOG



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Old 07-01-2013, 10:11 AM   #33
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Yeah. Nail on the head. If you pack large gear or lots of gear for long road trips you need the extra space FOR THE DOG



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Yep, exactly! Had no desire to put a roof rack on it (I personally don't like the look..) So, the 4 door was perfect!
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:22 AM   #34
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If it were our "family" vehicle I would have gotten a 4 door. Since my JK is my personal daily, I love having a 2 dr. The 2 doors look much better IMO and since we already have an suv, I didn't see the point in paying extra for a JKU.
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You bought it because you like it... with any two door vehicle its always a pain in the ass putting someone in the back seat. from here on out fold the back seat down or completely remove problem solved.
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:35 AM   #36
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Guys or gals with 2 doors will say that's the way to go and 4 doors will say the opposite.

But your post asks for 'any regrets' and I can tell you from someone thats had both that...yes I did. Had a liberty from their inception in 2002 and went the wrangler route in '11 with a nice 70th anniversary Sahara 2 door. I felt that the 2 door would suffice my needs for space, size, cost ect ect. HOWEVER, after about 6 weeks I pulled into the dealer one Saturday morning and literally returned it for a full refund, minus the one tax, for a 4 door. I have never once regretted doing it. I like virtually everything about the JKU but different strokes for different folks Good luck.
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I have a 2dr with NO rear seat and my wife has a GC with the rear seat folded down, making both of them 2 seaters.
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I have a 2DR, and enjoy it. It is just my son, and myself. His friends aren't happy about the way they have to climb in, but they don't have to go if the seat is even in the back. I have one of those Hitch Carriers for when I tote a little, and a Harbor Freight Folding Trailer for large stuff. If I really want to haul people, I still have my lifted 98 Cherokee. Either way they have to climb in.
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Personally, I came very close to getting a 2 door.. The main issue, was lack of storage.. I don't generally drive with a lot of passengers (Usually just me and the girlfriend.. Sometimes her dog) But, for long snowboard trips, and camping trips, there was absolutely no way we could fit all our gear in the 2 door. (I tried.. Took all our boarding gear down to the dealership, and it just wasn't going to work) Plus, I personally don't have any issues with the look of the 4 door.. To me, it definitely isn't a "family cruiser" as some seem to call it.

Some days though, I do find myself jealous of the 2 door jeepers, but currently working on getting the gf to trade in her nissan for a 2 door..
Agree. I needed the room for all the boarding gear. I do love the look of the 2 door but it wasn't realistic for storage.
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I started with the xtra long 2 door rubicon in 2006. I wanted the regular size jeep but the wife won out. We switched to the 4 door unlimited rubicon in 2008 and just love it.
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:03 AM   #41
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Hi

Part 1

I am an expert on the 2 door wrangler, how to fit stuff

I little bit had some regrets, 3 months after I asked my dealer the wanted about 17 000 dollars between for a unlimited 4 door, Yes this in Sweden.

I have to live with it and I am singel and love the thight turning circle and to 99% I drive alone.

How to make more room

I bought the bestop saddle bags, very nice and do not hindrence the view for the back passengers.



If you are two or 2 short people in the backseat the raingler net (RPB roof net) is great to put stuff at the ceiling, like sleeping bags etc.







You can put alot of stuff in the Trasharro bag




When my backseat is up, I can fit a 25 liter compressor Waeco CDF freeze/fridge in the back, the grey thing. Use the bars, the green is 2 tents strapped.

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Old 07-01-2013, 11:18 AM   #42
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Hi again

Part 2.

Forgot to mension, an unlimited almost always need a lift and bigger tires to look cool and that cost a lot of money.

I installed a table at the gate, dead space. No drilling at al. For the stove, or eating from. Trailgater from outback Adventure Products. Al that stuff and some more in the picture fits between when the table is folded.




I have bought newer hightec? smaller camping stuff. Multiply 2-4x people, less space.

To the left of the bottle
1: Expeed Downmat Lite 5M sleeping Pad
2. Smallish sleepingbag
3. Helinox one chair

Old stuff to the right of the bottle, same order.



Helinox chair to the right.



Use the bars to put stuff on. Here is a bag from Rugged ridge and light.

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Old 07-01-2013, 11:22 AM   #43
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As a married guy with no kids, I never even considered a 4 door. When I had my TJ, I sold the rear seat the third month I owned it after I realized I had never needed it. When I bought my JK, the rear seat came out the day I bought it, and it's currently shrink-wrapped and sleeping comfortably in my garage.

I have no need or desire to become the "Friendship Truckster" and am overjoyed that I have a valid excuse to not volunteer (or getting volunteered) to shuttle extra people all the way out to where I want to have a good time.

The wife and I and all the stuff we need fits just right in my JK, and that's really all I need to be a happy guy.
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:29 AM   #44
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Part 3

Here I went camping with 4 big adults with the old big chairs and tables. Here we had to use a hitch carrier. But with my new camping equipment that are smaller I dont think I need it.

If needed the backseat only take some minute to take out or put in, no problem at al. I do it myself.

I can not have roofrack because of the height of my garage.

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We bought a 2 door and took the back seat out so we wouldn't have to cart people around.
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3 adults camping, no hitch carrier, old big camping equipment.







Here I have the smittybilt seat cover, alot of bags on them.



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Old 07-01-2013, 12:11 PM   #47
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Well, I bought the 4-Dr because I wanted the extra room. Turns out I'm in it most of the time by myself, my metal detector and camping equipment. I WANT A 2-Dr.!!!!
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Old 07-01-2013, 12:29 PM   #48
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I took my whole family to a festival saturday in the 2 door. 2 adults, a 2.5 year old (front facing car seat), an infant (rear facing car seat), folding stroller and kid gear/food for the day. Tight fit but no extra storage tricks needed.

In a pinch I could have hooked up my 2 bike hitch rack and strapped stuff to that up to the tongue limit for the hitch.

The question really comes down to the purpose of the vehicle. Mine was always meant to be a fun adventure truck/backup commuter that 90% of the time is just me. Sure, I can make it work for 4 people but they're gonna live with standard 2 door issues.

If it's meant to be a family car/people hauler then you'd be crazy to not go 4 door.
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Old 07-01-2013, 12:50 PM   #49
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I own both. My wife only wanted the 4 door for the utility, but after I got the 2 door, I have caught her taking the 2 door. She confesses that the 2 door is more fun.

We can all find reasons to carry more stuff, but the original Jeep format demands the basics and nothing more. That itself makes travel easier and more fun. I don't enjoy being a 'loadmaster' and having to plan cargo load outs. It also deters my wife from bringing stuff that we will never use, but somehow 'might' need.

Ask yourself this - 'Do I buy a vehicle for the 2% of time that I might need it or for the 98% of the real use that I do use it?'
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Old 07-01-2013, 01:35 PM   #50
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No regrets, I love the two door! I do have a crew cab 4x4 pickup that makes way more sense than even a JKU as a "pile everyone AND everything in" vehicle.
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Old 07-01-2013, 01:35 PM   #51
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I've had both and they have different characteristics for sure....

2dr is ALOT better in the rocks, tight trails and getting through nasty stuff.
4dr is better for climbs on waterfalls and open desert the longer wheel base is more stable

I had the 4dr in several situations where I wish it were shorter and got TIRED of dragging belly on stuff even with 4" lift and 37s....too long a WB for me.....
I've got 3 kids and only 1 usually goes with me maybe 2 wife isn't big on going so I did the 2dr and I'll stretch it 8" and have the best of both worlds...

If I didn't do nasty trails or wanted to go d60s and 40s I'd go back to the 4dr but we do nasty stuff and its been more fun and capable in a 2dr...I do like my old 4dr for family, space, stability and cool factor but in the end the 2dr works better for me...(LOVE EM BOTH)

More people are oohed and aaaahd over the 4dr for sure and it is a nice rig capable etc....if you don't get in tight trails and rocks (big rocks) than a 4dr is the way to go especially if you carry gear and want it inside.....
I have had mine in its fair share of 2dr territory but lost fenders, tail lights, lic plate and crushed the rear tub in...so they will go dang near anywhere if pushed hard enough...
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Just like the OP, I was starting to worry about the extra room factor. As I have a family of 4 and 4 dogs! But you have successfully restored my confidence in my 2 door purchase. Plus my girlfriend has a Vibe with plenty of room!

This is my first post to the forum as well, as I'm a new first time JKS owner! WOOHOO! I haven't been able to sleep most nights since I bought it. Every morning is like Christmas! I've never wanted to go to work so badly, just so I can drive it!
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Old 07-01-2013, 02:21 PM   #53
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if you only need extra room every once in a while, buy a small utility trailer.
This x2, a small 4x8 can be had new for about 1500 and less. Find an enclosed trailer and call it a day.
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I had the same regret for a while. I've wanted a Jeep since I was 5 years old. For years I elected to buy a more practical car, I've owned over a dozen. I told myself in 2006, when I first took note of the "4 door wrangler" that I was going to get one. Well, fast forward to 2013, I could not see spending almost 5K more on 2 more doors. I still can't believe I spent 28K, but that's another topic. Any way, I don't drive the JK every day, mainly because Its been raining and I can't see putting the hard top on, but also the mileage. I bought a used, but well maintained VW Jetta Wagon. Yes, WAGON. I also have a trailer, so my regrets have since subsided and I now feel 100% confident.

As a last resort, assuming you have payments, in 5 years or less you'll have it paid off and have 55% of original value.
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Personally, I came very close to getting a 2 door.. The main issue, was lack of storage.. I don't generally drive with a lot of passengers (Usually just me and the girlfriend.. Sometimes her dog) But, for long snowboard trips, and camping trips, there was absolutely no way we could fit all our gear in the 2 door. (I tried.. Took all our boarding gear down to the dealership, and it just wasn't going to work) Plus, I personally don't have any issues with the look of the 4 door.. To me, it definitely isn't a "family cruiser" as some seem to call it.

Some days though, I do find myself jealous of the 2 door jeepers, but currently working on getting the gf to trade in her nissan for a 2 door..
I hate to say it but you might not be trying hard enough or packing too much sh!t. I can fit 3 people, their boards and gear for a weekend backcountry trip or 2 people and my dog and all our gear. Gotta practice up on those tertris skills, man ;-) this is all with the back seat in, btw...
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I bought a 2dr in April 2012 and traded it in for a 4dr in December.
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I'm on my third two door Wrangler and have no regrets at all with the 2 doors. We have no kids and just 2 small dogs that ride along so the two door models are perfect for us. Plus, I just prefer the look of the two doors although I can definitely respect the added space and functionality of a 4 door for those that need them.
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Nope, no regrets at all! My kids are both grown & moved out, so I actually patiently waited to get a Jeep until they were gone so I could get a 2 door I don't like the looks of the 4 door Jeeps AT ALL! If I wanted a 4 door, I would have gotten a Cherokee or a Durango. I also sold my 4-door Dodge Charger so I could get a 2-door Dodge Challenger because I didn't like the fact that the Chargers don't look like Chargers of the old days
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I got a 2 door because an older TJ was all i could afford at the time. When it's time for an upgrade though, definitely going with a 4 door.

Some of my gear is just too large to fit inside so i had to get racks for it, plus now I have a baby on the way and getting baby loaded in and out will just be easier reaching through a door, rather than having to fold the seat forward and reach over all that.

2 door is kind of a pain for me in this respect. But the shorter wheelbase is great, I can squeeze into dang near any parking space.
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She loves the Jeep.. 99% of the time we go anywhere, thats what we take.. And she says she'd love to have a wrangler, but thinks it would be dorky if we each had one
That was her excuse too!

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