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I have been driving my 07 4 door for around 4 years now and I'm getting the itch for a new jeep. I was wondering if owners who've had both a four door and a two door or upgraded from a two door to a four door could provide me with some insight.
Is one or the other more fun in the rocks?
Is one better to drive everyday to work?
Did the two door become 10x more squirrelly with 37" tires?
Which would you choose if you could only have one?

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I have been driving my 07 4 door for around 4 years now and I'm getting the itch for a new jeep. I was wondering if owners who've had both a four door and a two door or upgraded from a two door to a four door could provide me with some insight.
Is one or the other more fun in the rocks?
Is one better to drive everyday to work?
Did the two door become 10x more squirrelly with 37" tires?
Which would you choose if you could only have one?

Thank you for any and all responses.
I've had both.

From a practicality standpoint the 4 door is way better.

From a fun to rip around in standpoint the 2 door is in my opinion the winner.

If you want that rollerskate jeepy feel buy a Tj lol.



The 2 door Jk has plenty of wheelbase for 37s. my wife drove our 2 door to work every day down the highway. So it's 100% comfortable as a dd. but practicality if you carry passengers or gear isn't as nice as the 4 door.

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The 4dr is nice for the room, but a 2dr is so much fun on the street or the trail Esp with the new 3.6 and 285HP!

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So in your professional opinions, a trailer with a two door would make up for the lack of space?

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So in your professional opinions, a trailer with a two door would make up for the lack of space?
You can stack a pretty good amount of crap in a 2dr without the back seat in there. If you require more stuff, I suppose a trailer will do. I've used one several times for hauling stuff, just not on the trail however.

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I had a 4dr sold it and got a 2dr about 2 years ago. I very rarely used the extra space of the 4dr and I hardly ever have more then 2 people.

In the rocks I like the 2dr as it is more maneuverable and doesnt scrape the skid plates all the time. There are some situations where the wheelbase of a 4dr is better though.

I am happier driving the 2dr everyday although my 4dr was manual and the 2dr is auto so just that change added more comfort. There is a noticeable power difference with the lighter weight 2dr.

My 2dr is on 35s and isnt squirrelly so I couldnt imagine 37s would be much worse.

For most people with families that are going to use the jeep on a daily basis then I would say a 4dr is more practicable. It really comes down to personal preference, go drive a 2dr and see what you think.
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I have to say.. I fricken love driving Smurfette (2dr) around DD'ing. Its nimble and feels like a go-kart compared to driving my behemoth around. Haven't had the opportunity to properly wheel it but I am pretty sure it would kick ass.

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I started with an 08 JKU and am now on my second two door.

I ditched the back seat in the 08 pretty quick and gave the dealer the seat out of my 12 when they demanded a seat for the trade. I haven't had an instance where I needed more room for cargo and prefer to not have passengers on or offroad so it works for me.

I would like to have the added wheelbase for a few obstacles I've been on, but I am confident in my two doors offroad.

Going from my 08 on 37s to this new one on the stock suspension and wheels has been interesting. The stock one feels really squirrely to me compared to the old rig. I think it is the BFGs...they have a horrible on road feel in my opinion. They dont offer much feedback and they seem to skate in corners. Maybe it's just me.

The new power train is killer. I have been surprised by the power a few times when I expect it to stutter like the other one.

Try the two door out. I got off on a ramble there. Lol


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I started with an 08 JKU and am now on my second two door.

I ditched the back seat in the 08 pretty quick and gave the dealer the seat out of my 12 when they demanded a seat for the trade. I haven't had an instance where I needed more room for cargo and prefer to not have passengers on or offroad so it works for me.

I would like to have the added wheelbase for a few obstacles I've been on, but I am confident in my two doors offroad.

Going from my 08 on 37s to this new one on the stock suspension and wheels has been interesting. The stock one feels really squirrely to me compared to the old rig. I think it is the BFGs...they have a horrible on road feel in my opinion. They dont offer much feedback and they seem to skate in corners. Maybe it's just me.

The new power train is killer. I have been surprised by the power a few times when I expect it to stutter like the other one.

Try the two door out. I got off on a ramble there. Lol
Marcus I found that the stock KM's on my old rubi just had way too much air in them. Air them down a bit and it'll feel a bit better on the road.

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Went from a 07 2D to a 08 4D to a 12 2D.

I think the 2D is much more fun to drive around and to off-road with.
But there are compromises! You will never get an adult to crawl into the back of a 2D and fit comfortably. Even more so if it's lifted, lol.
It really comes down to if you haul around a lot of shit or if you can live with only having 1' of space in the back of a 2D (unless you take out the backseat).

The 4D handles much better on the highway. If there's any wind out at all I'll get blown around quite a bit. Other then that it drives great.


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Went from an 07 2-door to an 11 4-door.
i miss the tight turning radius of the 2-door, but otherwise the two Jeeps feel the same.
for me, having to hook up the trailer whenever I needed lumber or large stuff got to be too much of a PITA. Plus we wanted more room for the dog.


Oh yeah....and finding storage space for the extra two doors in an already crowded shed was fun...NOT.
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I've considered starting over with a new 2dr rubi, but i really dig all of the space in the back of the 4dr especially when the rear seat is folded down. Plenty of room for camping gear/coolers/firewood/whatever.

I think this thing is finally coming together. Still Needed: drive shafts, frame mount rails...then done son! For a while...
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So I"ve seen you pack, expecially that 16 person, indoor plumbing and electrical tent of yours - stick with the 4dr!

Seriously though, I'm guessing you'd pull the rear seat, but with the wifey and Dino, packing would still be tough the times you don't feeling like pulling a trailer. Soon enough, Dino's going to be too big to bed down in the passenger footwell.

I give kudo's to the 2dr guys on their packing skills (though I've heard them swear a bunch of times trying to get things out also). I come from a truck background and even after having the jeep a couple of years, still have a hard time fitting all my crap in the 4dr.

That said the grass is always greener, and I want to get a 2dr to play around in also.

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I have never owned a 4 door, the Wife still curses at me for buying a 2 door, and I hate that I either get passengers, or gear, but not both... The flip side is that a 4 door needs a lot of lift and tires to get the break over angle that a stock 2 door has by default. The 4 door has much better stability on inclines and declines, but, switch back trails suck in the four door. Turning around on a single lane trail in a 4 door sucks and is sometimes impossible, where i've seen 2 doors on the same trail turn around with a few points.

All that being said, I love my 2 door and will end up with a trailer since that is cheaper than starting over again with a 4 door and losing all of my equity.

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The real reason I don't have a four door is because I feel "off" riding around in one alone with the doors off.

I can hear the people saying "look at that guy with no friends!"



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The real reason I don't have a four door is because I feel "off" riding around in one alone with the doors off.

I can hear the people saying "look at that guy with no friends!"

I'll send you a body shot of me sitting down in the passenger side of my Jeep and you can have a life size cardboard cut out made and stick me in all three seats...

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So in your professional opinions, a trailer with a two door would make up for the lack of space?
Yes, but only if it is a cool trailer. I use my jeep in three configurations. With the rear seat out me and one other (wife, youngest daughter, or son) can go have a good time camping. With the rear seat in all 5 (I installed a third belt on the rear seat) can go sightseeing. If we all want to go camping I hook up the trailer. I use the trailer for base camp and have an agile 2 door for exploring.

However, if your jeep is the grocery-getter then a trailer will quickly become cumbersome so 'ya need a 4dr.


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So after driving the 4 door for the last couple years, I rarely find myself needing all that space. I am newly married and I'm sure babies aren't to far down the road. If I get the 2 door now and get it paid off in a decent amount of time, I will always have my toy. I'm sure once kids are on the way, the wife will want us to get a safer more economical vehicle. I will probly be driving her Nissan and she would upgrade slightly making the jeep a weekend toy only!

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With the new seats in the 11-12, an infant carrier is 100% possible. No way you could do it with the 7-10 front seats. My 4 and 6 year olds have zero issue getting into the back of my 11 2dr...

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We have a 4 year old. We pack our 08 2dr tight, but we were able to get the 3 of us, our 3 dogs and all our chit in there to take a 5 day vacation in San Diego. It was packed tiiiiiight! But we were still able to find more space on the way home when we got gifts from our family who we were out there visiting. The drive there and back was the part that was kinda eh... 2 door soft top with 30+ mph wides the WHOLE way there meant super freakin loud, all over the road and 13mpg average.... Still a fun trip, but we all were a bit cranky

On the trail, 2 door is very agile and with no lift we can still pretty much go anywhere in our rubi.
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I bought my four door thinking the family would hit the trails with me. They rarely do. Usually, just one person will tag along. A four door only accels on big ledges, otherwise I'd take a two door in the rocks all day. Also you save a ton of weight with the two door. Literally one ton I bet. Granted, a four door makes packing easier but with some well thought out planning, I don't see an issue. Two door with a trailer = Badass. My next JK will be a two door.

Checkout the trailer that Brett Woods built. Folds out into a complete kitchen.

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If you want a 2 door just trade spencer. We will put the 2wd axle in since you never go wheelin anymore!!!
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Thanks for the constructive feedback rob! Jason I don't need your smartass comments... I'm gonna come over there and yank one of your ten sets of tires.

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A JK/w trailer would be nice, but

A JKU/w trailer is the survival team-you can carry/camp/travel-till the IRS gets you for non-payment !











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Is having young kids in the backseat of a 2 door for 4-5 hours that bad??? I've read some other threads and that seems to be the biggest complaint.

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