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cooprdawg 01-29-2012 01:29 AM

Would I be alright off road?
 
I have a 2007 Wrangler Unlimited X... it is lifted 3.5 inches, supercharged, 35 inch tires, and have front and rear bumpers..... But its a 2 wheel drive :banghead:, unfortunately. please dont ask why i got a 2wd there were reasons....money,and an amzing deal. my question is, would i be okay going offroad. i know not to do serious stuff. but i need tips on what to stay out of.. thanks!

Owen_TJ 01-29-2012 01:40 AM

depends on the trail...

i can do some trails in 2wd but anything over a 3 difficulty then you'll prolly be in some trouble

i didnt even know they made 2wd wranglers...learn somethin every day lol

wrangler0 01-29-2012 01:41 AM

i'm no expert but...i'd say you'd probably not, aside from flat, gravel/dirt trails...

what do you consider to be serious stuff?

i'd certainly stay away from mud, steep inclines and very rocky terrain...

cooprdawg 01-29-2012 01:42 AM

okay thanks man

cooprdawg 01-29-2012 01:43 AM

serious as in hill climbs, mud bogs, thick clumppy mud, big rocks

Owen_TJ 01-29-2012 01:43 AM

Heres a list of trails to give you an idea of what i mean with 3 difficulty...

TrailDamage.com - All Trails

cooprdawg 01-29-2012 01:47 AM

thanks man, but i live down south, in north georgia... but i know what u mean by level 3 now

Owen_TJ 01-29-2012 01:49 AM

i saw you lived in atlanta...not sure what trails are there so figured i'd just give you an idea of the colorado ones...

but yeah...you get the idea lol

wrangler0 01-29-2012 01:51 AM

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Originally Posted by cooprdawg (Post 1971801)
serious as in hill climbs, mud bogs, thick clumppy mud, big rocks

from my experience, definitely not in 2WD!!!

even in 4WD those can be some tough obstacles without lockers...

cooprdawg 01-29-2012 01:51 AM

Yea. I've been wheeling in Colorado and Arizona though

Timberwolf 01-29-2012 11:13 AM

get a winch and selectable locker

or start saving for a 4wd conversion

4Jeepn 01-29-2012 11:24 AM

I wheeled in north GA when I lived down that way. If the trail is bone dry you might make it a little way. If its wet with mud and hills, stay at home. A rear locker and winch would help as stated above, and a 4x4 conversion would be best OR better Take all the stuff off yours sell it close to stock and then get a 4wd version.

jasongreene43 01-29-2012 11:35 AM

When I purchased my TJ off my parents, it was an rv pull behind. They then purchased a 2wd JK.
What they forgot to tell me was they had removed the tj's driveshaft upon new. I went on the trails with 35's and was stuck on wet rocks, 1 inch of mud, hills with loose gravel, ect. My friend nicknamed it the 1 wheel wonder, because I do not have a locker. Now with the front ds back in... That's another story!

i82much 01-29-2012 11:39 AM

Don't dump money into that thing trying to turn it into a 4x4 or compensate for the lack of 4x4 with a winch, locker, etc. If you want to wheel, take off whatever aftermarket stuff you can, sell it, buy a 4x4, and go to town. If you can't afford another JK, sell the aftermarket stuff and JK separately and buy a 4x4 TJ.

tjrhd 01-30-2012 06:46 AM

I didn't realize you could buy a wrangler in a 2wd.

DaisyCutter 01-30-2012 08:27 AM

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Originally Posted by tjrhd (Post 1975414)
I didn't realize you could buy a wrangler in a 2wd.

Me too.

I'll hold my tongue now.

BDOEDEN 01-30-2012 09:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tjrhd (Post 1975414)
I didn't realize you could buy a wrangler in a 2wd.

X3 must be a JK thing

tjrhd 01-30-2012 09:38 AM

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Originally Posted by BDOEDEN (Post 1975723)
X3 must be a JK thing

:eek:

Imped 01-30-2012 09:42 AM

2wd with open diff = 1 wheel (!!!) is providing traction at any given time. 1 wheel, that's it.

Regardless of how much clearance you have, how tall your tires are, etc., it's all overshadowed by the fact that you have very, very limited traction.

That really, really sucks man.

cooprdawg 01-30-2012 10:56 AM

Considering the fact that i am only 16 and that the guy I bought it from put around $16,000 into it including a supercharger... And even if I did have a 4wheel drive, I wouldn't want to go offroad all the time. All I want to do is easy trails and forest roads in the mountains. I was just wondering what everyone elses take on it was.

Timberwolf 01-30-2012 11:14 AM

if you are going to keep it, I would at least do a selectable locker as a precaution
it should get you out of most places that the open diff gets you into

cooprdawg 01-30-2012 11:15 AM

How much would that cost?

Timberwolf 01-30-2012 11:27 AM

ball park around $800, depending on the type and if you install yourself

cooprdawg 01-30-2012 11:31 AM

And what exactly does it do. And how does it help

4Jeepn 01-30-2012 11:36 AM

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Originally Posted by cooprdawg (Post 1976123)
And what exactly does it do. And how does it help

A locker locks the axle shafts together so one wheel with not slip.. both will turn all the time. Will give you better traction.

Timberwolf 01-30-2012 11:37 AM

you have an open rear diff now UNLESS the previous owner upgraded it

it only sends power to 1 wheel at a time, the wheel with the LEAST traction
with a locker installed and engaged, both wheels will get the same amount of power all the time

cooprdawg 01-30-2012 11:43 AM

Okay. Thanks. Is $800 at the top end?

4Jeepn 01-30-2012 11:45 AM

1200 or so would be top end for an arb with a compressor, but then you need to add in install. which you don't want to do yourself with an arb... so figure another 300 to 500 for a good shop to do one. There are other options betwen 800-1000 for just the locker, OX, E-Locker, etc...however at this point just sell it and get 4wd version..

tjrhd 01-30-2012 12:08 PM

well besides the 2wd jeep part. That is one heck of a first vehicle. Congrats

cooprdawg 01-30-2012 12:14 PM

Thanks. I got it for an unbelievable price


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