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Old 04-22-2014, 06:04 PM   #1
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JK vs. JKU Pure Battle!

Okay...I've got no dog in this fight. I like both versions. I bought the 2 door because I already own a 2012 Grand Cherokee Overland and didn't need another big 4x4.

My buddy picked up his 2014 JKU Sahara last week and I own the same car in 2 door. Both are well loaded, though I drove both with only the soft tops. We took turns on the GCP here in Queens and here are the results:

Speed - Make no mistake, the 2 door is quicker. I did not check the weight difference, but the smaller version always feels almost too fast for its chassis. The JKU is not slow, just not able to match the nimble hop off the line as well. At speed things are closer, but from 50 mph the 2 door retains a significant edge in being able to accelerate. No hard numbers here; just side-by-side driving. Winner = 2 door!

Handling - Now once again the 2 door was always more nimble, but there are other factors. At times the JKU feels more stable and offers a superior ride with less front-rear hop. Neither of these is for canyon carving, but if pressed, the 2 door is better. So far as off road goes? My friend claims the 2 door is the master but also adds that the 4 door is a lot less taxing over moderate terrain over extended periods. After driving both I preferred the feedback of the 2 door, but it's not a big difference. At times the 2 door will hit a bad spot in the road that can really ruffle the composure of the chassis while the JKU handles it better. Winner = tie!

Comfort - While this really relates to the size of your family, the longer chassis is a bit kinder on the highway as stated above. Winner = JKU

MPG - 1.5 MPG better for the 2 door. Winner = 2 door

Practicality - Hey, sorry but the 2 door is NOT very practical. Go to Shoprite and it's like sitting in the grocery cart and trying to pull in the groceries in after you! The 2 door does not carry much at all. It's fine for a small family like mine, but I could not own it without a larger car in the fleet. The JKU solves these issues and then some! It can carry stuff and is much nicer for the rear passengers to deal with. I know some older folks who would NEVER be able to get into the back seat of my 2 door. Winner = JKU

Appearance - They both look like Jeeps! I love the way a naked JKU looks and the 2 door looks like a beast of a different sort when it's fitted out. I'm 51, so I'm more accustomed to the 2 door look. Winner = Tie

The winner is...

US! You can have your cake and eat it too with these brutes. I think a one car family will be far better served by the JKU in the long run. The 2 door is less of a practical car and more of a giant ATV in some respects...and that's a good thing.

Cheers...

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Guys who drive 2-doors are sissies, and rarely get hot women who want to bear children.

Okay, maybe that's painting with a broad brush...drive a Wrangler, it's all good.

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Old 04-22-2014, 06:41 PM   #3
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Guys who drive 2-doors are sissies, and rarely get hot women who want to bear children.

Okay, maybe that's painting with a broad brush...drive a Wrangler, it's all good.


I agree....which is why I got the two door AFTER I married my hot wife!




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Okay...I've got no dog in this fight. I like both versions. I bought the 2 door because I already own a 2012 Grand Cherokee Overland and didn't need another big 4x4.

My buddy picked up his 2014 JKU Sahara last week and I own the same car in 2 door. Both are well loaded, though I drove both with only the soft tops. We took turns on the GCP here in Queens and here are the results:

Speed - Make no mistake, the 2 door is quicker. I did not check the weight difference, but the smaller version always feels almost too fast for its chassis. The JKU is not slow, just not able to match the nimble hop off the line as well. At speed things are closer, but from 50 mph the 2 door retains a significant edge in being able to accelerate. No hard numbers here; just side-by-side driving. Winner = 2 door!

Handling - Now once again the 2 door was always more nimble, but there are other factors. At times the JKU feels more stable and offers a superior ride with less front-rear hop. Neither of these is for canyon carving, but if pressed, the 2 door is better. So far as off road goes? My friend claims the 2 door is the master but also adds that the 4 door is a lot less taxing over moderate terrain over extended periods. After driving both I preferred the feedback of the 2 door, but it's not a big difference. At times the 2 door will hit a bad spot in the road that can really ruffle the composure of the chassis while the JKU handles it better. Winner = tie!

Comfort - While this really relates to the size of your family, the longer chassis is a bit kinder on the highway as stated above. Winner = JKU

MPG - 1.5 MPG better for the 2 door. Winner = 2 door

Practicality - Hey, sorry but the 2 door is NOT very practical. Go to Shoprite and it's like sitting in the grocery cart and trying to pull in the groceries in after you! The 2 door does not carry much at all. It's fine for a small family like mine, but I could not own it without a larger car in the fleet. The JKU solves these issues and then some! It can carry stuff and is much nicer for the rear passengers to deal with. I know some older folks who would NEVER be able to get into the back seat of my 2 door. Winner = JKU

Appearance - They both look like Jeeps! I love the way a naked JKU looks and the 2 door looks like a beast of a different sort when it's fitted out. I'm 51, so I'm more accustomed to the 2 door look. Winner = Tie

The winner is...

US! You can have your cake and eat it too with these brutes. I think a one car family will be far better served by the JKU in the long run. The 2 door is less of a practical car and more of a giant ATV in some respects...and that's a good thing.

Cheers...

Robert
i agree with all of this... Two doors are definitly more better (ya I said that ) off road ...as far as room goes I have a Cherokee also and once you have the room you really miss it when it aint there thus me going for the unlimited. either way you can go wrong
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on edit: I mean to write Cant go wrong...i am old
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either way you can go wrong.
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I grabbed a bag of popcorn, turned off the TV and settled in for some fireworks....only to be pleasantly surprised by your enthusiastic, unbiased and well-written comparison! Haha, gotta say I enjoyed reading that. Not sure where it's going to lead, but I enjoyed it...
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Old 04-22-2014, 07:39 PM   #8
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My honey has a JKU (that I work on...allot) however this fall I intend to get my JK R and start to work on it. If the JK is so much more "nimble than the JKU it must be really incredible, because the crap we drove around in at Superlift with hers was some very tight switchbacks on very steep inclines. I really cant wait...That is a good thing!
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Guys who drive 2-doors are sissies, and rarely get hot women who want to bear children.

Okay, maybe that's painting with a broad brush...drive a Wrangler, it's all good.
lol children aren't allowed in my jeep regardless if its 2 or 4 thats what a mini van is for my friend
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The JK is definitely far more nimble feeling- that short wheelbase is crazy nimble. That is the one thing I miss about my JKR (I traded for a JKUR). Maybe someday I will buy a low-mileage TJ.
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lol children aren't allowed in my jeep regardless if its 2 or 4 thats what a mini van is for my friend


Just try and tell this guy he can't ride in the jeep!



He wants to ride everywhere in it!



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I have a hard time fighting off the four grand kids as well, they love wheelin especially with the top back and windows out.
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Old 04-22-2014, 08:29 PM   #13
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I must say that I've had both and I like the 2 dr better. I love the room in the jku but its a real pain taking off and storing all the doors. I now have a 13 JKR and this Jeep will be around for a long time, i love it.
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I've lusted after the 2-doors--but at the end of the day--the Unlimited made the most sense for me. As a college student far from home with little storage room, I wheel my Jeep around like a gypsy wagon: it's usually stuffed full of shit. It's nice being able to take a couple of friends with me to the training areas with rucks, FLKs, and camping equipment for some exercise and fresh air away from Mount Doom (aka West Point).
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2dr vs 4dr has been beat to death

IMHO it depends on what point you are at in your life.. kids vs. no kids is the main question.

I've had several 2dr Jeeps and 2 JKUR and I loved them all and all were practical for me at the time of ownership.

I must say though.. My '14 JKUR on 35s is by far my favorite of the 5 that I have owned with Jeep #1 ('85 CJ7) in a very close second place.
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"definitly more better (ya I said that)" NorDakata eh?
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Okay...I've got no dog in this fight...
Just letting you know you killed 3 kittens in your original post. Although "car" was mentioned 4 times, one of the times wasn't in specific reference to a Jeep so I let that one slide.
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Why not one of each?

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I said to myself not to post in this thread but like another poster said, I was pleasantly surprised at the comments. So, here's my story if anyone cares. I bought a 2013JK (2dr). I'm married with a kid. I thought it was going to be ok until I figured out I was an idiot. Yup, an idiot. Literally 7 months after owning the JK, I upgraded to a 2014JKUR. I went from a basic 2dr sport to my 14drRubi. It fits my needs well and allows room for the kiddo and his friends plus the wife is happier. It all depends on where your at in your life. For me, 4dr FTW!
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It's about time someone brought up this subject.
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I never really wanted a jeep it was the kids who said " dad we want a jeep" it's really theirs so obviously 4 door was the route...

We are enjoying it!!!



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I wanted the 2 dr, but as a compromise to my wife I ordered the 4dr...the more I thought about it the more it made sense in my situation. Our work schedules are pretty crazy, and it'll be so much easier getting my 4 year old in and out of the 4dr. Then there's the frequent road/off road trips! Can't beat the extra space.
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My must be a competition of doors, tops, differentials, etc.

It is just good to have options.

Jeeps have been in my family for 3 generations and I don't think I ever heard anyone including me prior to 2007 say " I wish I had 4 doors."

But now that 4 Doors are here they are here to stay.
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My TJ Rubi was awesome off road. But I found I had so many people who wanted to come along that I sold it and bought the 13 Rubi 4 door. I am having a blast with this thing and my friends are getting hooked. Plus I find we use it for going out to eat with friend. It's always lets take the Jeep.
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I own 5 vehicles. 2 are actually cars and they have 4 doors each. The other 3 are 4x4's in the form of a Tahoe (4 doors) Silverado (2/3 doors) and my favorite the sometime 2 door sometime no door Wrangler.
If I had small kids the 4 door would be a consideration. My kids are grown and they still like getting in the back for riding around. I love all Jeeps but for this stage in my driving career the 2 door is my choice. It actually makes a 52 year old dog feel and act like an 18 year old sometimes, especially when driving around naked.
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Another worthless thread.
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Why not one of each?

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I have a matching pair in black!
07 JK
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After driving the 2Dr for so long, making a u-turn in the JKU feels like turning the Titanic. Otherwise I find myself choosing to drive the JKU more and more.
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I don't want anyone else in my Jeep besides my wife. Why the heck would I double the doors?! That attracts brats.

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OK. I have the perfect solution. Stay with me here;

Back in the '60's and '70's the military made a M170 version of the CJ6. On the drivers side it had a single door opening (no doors!) and on the passenger side it had a double long opening....see where I'm going here?!!


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