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Old 04-16-2013, 07:13 AM   #1
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What you can do in 2 wheel drive

Hi, every time I play with the Jeep off road, I get more amazed at what my stock sport will do, with the stock wranger st. I took it up a pretty ruff hill which caused the wheel to come off the ground because it exceeded the suspension travel. I did this with both the traction control on and off on the same hill. I was easier to just wheel with the traction control on, but work well with it off as well. I went up the hill as slow as I could and did get wheel spin some times, but then you can feel the other wheel grab and go. I wrote sarcastically a few months ago about my trip in the snow and how boring it was. The Jeep with the stock tires does quit well. Going up the hill in two wh drive with my wife, kid and grand kid both in and out of the jeep. I had my wife screaming and the kid video typing it with her phone. Any one else ever challenge their Jeeps in 2 wheel drive and what did you do? I need to go to sleep but I will be interested in hearing from you.

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Old 04-16-2013, 08:00 AM   #2
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I did a lot of stuff in 2wd since my jeep was 2wd , the only thing I had problems with was steep hills and of course big rocks

I didn't do any major stuff in it but that was not me , but going out and hitting the back woods and riding fire trails was always a good time

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Old 04-16-2013, 09:53 AM   #3
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It's always better to switch into 4WD before you need it. Waiting until you actually get stuck or fail at an obstacle can cause damage to both the vehicle and the trail. "Challenging" the vehicle in 2WD can do the same. Considerable damage has been done to some of Moab's trails by spinning tires at obstacles....rather than engaging 4WD, picking the right line, and slowly crawling over it.
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:52 AM   #4
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I agree a bit with the damage to trails, but this is a hill in a city that is covered in some areas with trash. what trails that are there are ruff anyways plus, being in cali not really suppose to be there. Still neat to see what can be done in 2 wheel though
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:57 PM   #5
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i do a lot of sand dune riding in michigan, i usually see what i can do on different hills and different speeds in 2wd and ive been amazed at what my jeep can accomplish. im sitting there doing circles around guys in duramax's and powerjokes in 2wd when theyre in 4. its fun seeing what itll do differently in 2wd compared to my friends lifted chevys and fords
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i do a lot of sand dune riding in michigan, i usually see what i can do on different hills and different speeds in 2wd and ive been amazed at what my jeep can accomplish. im sitting there doing circles around guys in duramax's and powerjokes in 2wd when theyre in 4. its fun seeing what itll do differently in 2wd compared to my friends lifted chevys and fords
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:29 PM   #7
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I bought a "magazine Jeep" about seven years ago. It was a 2004 TJ that had been built by 4-Wheel Drive & Sport Utility Magazine as a project vehicle. I'll include a picture of it at the end of this post. The Jeep had about 5" of lift, 37" tires, Currie axles with detroit lockers and locking hubs on the front, and an Atlas II transfer case. The Jeep was awesome, and I'm still kicking myself for having sold it in 2010.

Anyway, I stopped to do some four wheeling with the Jeep on the way home from buying it. I went to a challenging local rock crawling trail. When I got to the first tough obstacles I shifted the Atlas II into low range, and started crawling the trail. The suspension had Currie Anti-Rocks on both ends, so there were no swaybar disconnects to disconnect. The first obstacle caused a little tire spin, which surprised me, but I backed up and tried a little different line, and went right through it. The rest of the trip the Jeep did flawlessly, while I drove along with my head out the window, marveling about how much flex the long travel suspension had, and how effortlessly the Jeep crawled over the rather difficult terrain.

When I finished 4-wheeling I went to the neighborhood car wash to wash the dust off before going home with my new baby. When I started spraying off the front wheel I noticed what I already knew -- the Jeep had locking hubs. AND, I had never turned the hubs in. I had done the whole four wheeling trip in two wheel drive, LOL. Gotta love those rear detroit lockers.
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:31 PM   #8
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I can do tons of stuff in my two wheel drive eaton truetrac equipped wrangler if need, I pull back the lever and engage the front truetrac equipped axle. LOVE IT!
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:31 PM   #9
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Whoops, forgot the picture. Here it is.

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Looks SO GOOD!!
(I gotta figure out how to get new pics on this iPad)
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:56 AM   #11
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I like those stories for sure. What is a Atlas 2 transfer case? I just have a stock sport none of that stuff I don't believe. Maybe if I blessed enough to pay for the Jeep maybe I will put more things on it. With todays economy i never know what will happen. But hey at least I have one for now lol...
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:58 AM   #12
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Nice picture too, what did you sell the Jeep for and how many miles did you have on it
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I sold it for $26,000. It was worth far more than that. I think it only had 25,000 miles on it, almost all of which were off road miles. That Jeep did all the fun trails; Rubicon three times, Dusy Ershim, Surprise Canyon, everything in Johnson Valley, and everything in Moab several times.

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