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Old 01-20-2013, 10:45 PM
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Re: Why do people buy 4x2 Jeeps?

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I have had a truck hydroplane on wet roads in 2wd.. It def makes a different in safety.. I live where it snows so a 2wd jeep is not an option either way.. But like others have said if I had to gun it i would much rather gun it in an AWD vehicle than a 2wd(especially rear driven ) on wet roads... I have never been in a fun it or get hit situation like others say. But it's a no brainer that AWD is safer in certain conditions...
I think maybe they would have to drive an awd vehicle in inclement weather to understand the difference. I normally had larger trucks, and I never considered using the 4wd during the rain. Now I actually enjoy driving in the rain like you said if it pushes I just correct , and add some throttle. I believe some people who have tried to follow me through a corner in inclement weather now the difference also. I'll take the 1, or 2 mpg hit for the snugness on the road.
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Re: Why do people buy 4x2 Jeeps?

Anyone know of a LSD conversion for the 230 axle ? When I lived in Michigan I used to pull stuck people out of an ice bowl parking lot with a Pontiac station wagon.

When you hyroplane, all four wheels are off the ground so how is 4WD going to help ?

Now if I had a nose-heavy Hemi then it might make sense but in most of the situations mentioned how good the tires are will make more of a difference than 4X2 or 4X4. This is why I always look for maximum traction on pavement in the rain.

Finally, the only place where I have gotten out of situations through acceleration rather than braking was on the race track. Situational awareness is more important than either.

All that said if I get a diesel it will have 4x4 and the suspension that makes like a Citroen.
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The LSD on a 2wd should be mandatory there shouldn't even be the option to buy without it ! I agree 4wd by itself does nothing on ice but with QTII if one axle spins on ice the other has a chance at traction with QD if one wheel can find traction you are golden...this is why the Jeep 4wd system is superior to every other system out there...

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Re: Why do people buy 4x2 Jeeps?

Finally, the only place where I have gotten out of situations through acceleration rather than braking was on the race track.
So you know where I learned to do that, and that it works.
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Re: Why do people buy 4x2 Jeeps?

I always had 2wd vehicles, before the Jeep I had a 2wd Sierra as I had always thought "it doesn't rain here, it doesn't snow here, whey do I need it?" After getting stuck a few times in the truck and convincing myself Jeeps should be 4x4 I got my GC with QTII. While the truck was fun in the easy to break the rear end loose and slide sideways sort of way I don't see myself owning another 2wd truck/suv. With the truck I had to be careful with turns and heavy throttle to catch holes in traffic or the rear end would slide out. No such issues with the full-time 4x4/AWD Jeep, just gun it and go. Also has come in handy with the freak storms that hit the last two years and neighbor's 4x2 truck was stuck in his driveway. My mom was even looking at GCs and I convinced her that if she got one she should get at a minimum get QTI so it would have that 4x4 badge for resale. Whether or not they plan to leave the asphalt few people want a 4x2 Jeep to begin with and even fewer want a used one (around here anyways).
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Re: Why do people buy 4x2 Jeeps?

4 X 2 Wrangler?
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