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Old 01-31-2012, 11:48 AM
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Hi. I'm 47, a dad, and want to get a jeep. I had a cj 7 in high school and now my daughter and I have been looking at jeeps for 3 years. I have finally squirrelled away enough money to get a jeep without getting in trouble with the wife. We live in northern va, the city, but I have 40 acres about a half hour away on which we're building a cabin, so the kids can learn to drive, shoot, cuss, and swim in pond water. A jeep will be perfect out there, but it will be my daily driver too.

The only thing I'm certain about is we want orange crush and a 2012.

Daughter and I want a 2 door as it looks like a real jeep to us. Son and mom want a 4 door so they can ride along easier.

For all practical purposes it will be me, 1 kid, and 2 dogs in the jeep every day for 3-5 miles, and on the weekends we'll go to the country, but I'm sure we'll take 2 cars so wife can come and go as she likes.

I've spent hours looking at quadratec magazine and I think I want 33in tires and 15 in mickey thompson wheels and a new front bumper.

And I've looked at this forum for a while now, but now that I have the money to get a jeep, I figured I would join.

a couple of questions that I'd appreciate input on:

1. You guys think its foolish if I get a 2 door instead of 4?

2. Only thing I really see letting me get the 4 door is one of those "fast back t-tops" that I've seen on the internet. They do look cool to me. Otherwise, I like a 2 door's look.

3. Do I need to get a lift or not? I want it to have big tires and chromed up wheels, and looking at this forum it appears that I can fit 33 in tires and 15 in wheels without spacers, on an unlifted jeep. I rolled my jeep in high school so I'm a bit leary of it getting top heavy, and I don't want to have warranty issues...

4. Lastly, I'll rarely 4 wheel, for me its about having a jeep and taking the top off. Do I need a sport, sahara, or rubicon? Stock radio and a/c is fine with me.

Thanks for any input.


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Old 01-31-2012, 11:50 AM   #2
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:44 AM   #8

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Welcome aboard. Great questions. Let me see if I can give you my 2 cents.

I like the 2 doors as well over the 4. That said, the 2 doors in 2012 are a lot more roomy than the 2 door CJs you were used to in high school. I think 4 people can fit comfortably in a 2 door without any issues. Sure, the 4 door is convenient.. but I would still prefer the 2 door myself.

If you like the fast back t-top look, the 4 may not be a bad choice for you.

You don't "need" a lift, but it wouldn't hurt to have a 3-4 inch suspension lift if you do plan on using it off road more and want to stretch it's capabilities. That said, you will do just fine with 33 inch tires (assuming a good tire with an aggressive design) with your stock suspension. When you go tall, you can also go wide (I run a 12.50 inch wide 33 inch tire) that will give you more stability both on road and off.

As for the model you choose, that's up to you. If you have any plans to modify it, I'd start with the strongest/best model you can find (Rubicon?) and go from there. If you're just doing light mud/trail work with it, a sport would be perfectly fine as well. It all depends on what you want to do. For me, I'm building my Jeep into a trail monster and wish I had the Rubicon underbelly to make it easier.
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:16 AM
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Thanks for the reply. I have a friend, same demographic as me, who has an 08 JKU with 2" lift and 33s coming over on sat to let me ride around in his. Then, in 2 weeks, daughter and I are heading to Adams jeep in Maryland. They look like they do a fair amount of custom jeeps, but more importantly for me...they have a couple of stock and a couple of lifted JKs and JKUs for me and the family to drive and compare. Then we'll make a decision and go for it.

I like your wheels Dennis, what kind are they?

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Hello, my name is steve I am new to this forum just stopping by to say hi. I have a 2005 wrangler sport that i have had for over a year and have done a lot to but there is more to come and i thought i could use ideas from this as well as some advice. I am 24 and I love taking my jeep were no car has gone before!
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I always wanted a two door but now love our four door. Just installed a 2.5" Teraflex lift with stock 32" with spacers. Could now go up to 35". Decide what you want and enjoy it. They are all still Jeeps.
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