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4WD on pavement...anyone done it??

What I mean is on rainy days or snow? Just on surface streets slower than 40mph. I don't think it will work, turning a corner would get ugly right? The transfer case has no differential for front and rear when making a turn so I think you would break your own traction. If I'm wrong let me know. I have an 08 Rubicon Unlimited

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I've done it, didn't hurt anything, but it didn't prefer it.

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The only time I use 4WD on the streets is when there is snow and ice and I am breaking traction. I turn it off as soon as I get on a reasonable surface. In Calgary during the winter that could be every stop sign. Snow clearing here sucks.

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I do I every winter. The damn snow plow drivers wait till it quits snowing to plow. I work nights and the expressway gets bad. No big deal. I'll put it back in 2wd when I can see the lane's.
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Snow in the northeast = 4 wheel drive. Rain, not a god idea, but snow is what 4 wheel drive was meant for.

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As the the manual indicates , driving in 4x4 on pavement causes excessive heat and drive-train damage, along with excessive tire wear. Jeeps are the real thing, they are not mini vans. Use 4x4 when only needed.

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I run 4hi in super heavy rain all the time


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I run 4hi in super heavy rain all the time
Guess everyone has different driving needs. I live in the northeast, We get our share of rain. Never needed 4x4 for pavment driving. My jeep handles very well in heavy rain and wind without it.

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In rain there's no way you'll need it on pavement. I live in south Louisiana where every other day it's raining and 2 wheel drive is perfectly fine on pavement. I don't know why you'd need 4 wheel drive in a jeep when a crappy prius can run 2 wheel drive on the same street. It might actually be a bad idea to run 4 wheel drive on pavement when it's wet. I don't know and don't want to try it to find out. Just seems like a bad and unnecessary idea in the rain.
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I don't know why you'd need 4 wheel drive in a jeep when a crappy prius can run 2 wheel drive on the same street.
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4wd on snow on pavement fine wouldn't recommend in the rain though.
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This isn't a full-time transfer case, it does NOT like to be ran on the street when there IS traction. Unless you're breaking traction once you get on the throttle, you shouldn't be in 4HI. I use 2HI ALL the time, even in snow, UNTIL I know the truck is breaking traction and I need it just get going. You're NOT breaking traction in the rain, trust me.

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I only have 2WD. I live in FL where it rains I would say more than a little. I'm still alive. I also had a 4x4 liberty and never needed it for rain. I guess it is just how secure you want to feel. 4x4 Wrangler engaged = tank. 2WD Wrangler = mini-tank. 4500 lbs of mean Jeep is hard to hydroplain unless you're being an ass. If anything...take it slow and let the good times roll.

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