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gc4x4 07-28-2012 05:29 PM

offroading with my 2wd Laredo
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Hi, after a local rain storm i went down by the freeway and drove thru the creek and some of the trails and my jeep did surprisingly well for a 2wd, I would feel the brake assist kick in and off i would go thrue the ruts with little slippage, I do think better tires would help and i plan on getting a hitch mounted winch just in case. Will get pics next time i go. but here is a pic of her all cleaned up after. Any ideas on a good set of A/T tires?:cool:

tnjeep 07-29-2012 05:42 AM

Re: offroading with my 2wd Laredo
There is no rule that you need a 4wd to have some fun off road. I drive off road more than 99% of the people out there because my job requires it. At work you get made fun of if you have to go into 4wd and it is a challenge to stay in 2wd. Of course my work trucks all have lockers in the rear and lost of weight in the bed which helps with traction. I would purchase a come-a-long and install the tow hooks if you plan on going off the beaten path on a regular basis because you can get stuck in the most unlikely of places. The hitch mounted winch is awesome to have but the comealong will help up front. Also
as far as AT tires go, everybody has an opinion and everybody thinks theirs is the best. I have run just about every AT and MT tire on my personel truck and work trucks and they all have done the job, just some better than others. Some of my favorites have been Nitto Terra Grappler, Cooper AT3's, and Firestone Transforce which is the best AT I have ran in a long time.

Schweibs 07-29-2012 09:33 AM

I have Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armor's on my WK2 and I love them

RageOfFury 07-29-2012 09:59 AM

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Originally Posted by Schweibs (Post 662721)
I have Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armor's on my WK2 and I love them

+1 :thumbsup:

bbpink 07-30-2012 11:24 PM

Re: offroading with my 2wd Laredo
Stay away from mud and sand, also the iron man says airing down ur tires will help in those soft conditions

stashgto 07-31-2012 05:30 AM

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My uncle John who we visited often when I was coming up lived on, and worked the family farm never owned a 4 wheel drive. I often watched him in amazement get in, and out of situations that most would have trouble with in 4 wheel.

tnjeep 07-31-2012 05:39 AM

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When I was I kid in the 80's hardly anybody I knew had a 4 wheel drive. Most had 2wd trucks and got to work and to their hunting spots just fine. The last 20 years has been the boom for 4wd vehicles because most people (including me) feel like I need one when actually a 2wd with a good locker in the back would work 99.9% of the time.

gc4x4 07-31-2012 07:15 AM

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Ive always been very careful taking a 2wd vehicle off road, ive had 4wd on the last couple of jeeps i had, i didn't necessarily need it but it was there, i just couldn't justify spending an extra $2-4k for 4wd on my new 2012 WK2 when i would probably never really need 4wd where i live and of course as long as i use common sense off-road and in winter, ill be fine.:cool:

tnjeep 07-31-2012 01:38 PM

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Does the 2wd's have the same brake assist for the rear axle as the QT2 in the 4wd's front and rear axles? If so then that will be a big help for the 2wd models when going into some slippery places.

Schweibs 07-31-2012 01:44 PM

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4x2 WK2's only have a 3 channel abs braking system, there is only one channel for the rear axle and each front tire has its own channel.

4x4 WK2's have a 4 channel abs braking system, this is one of the big reasons QT1 performs so well for just an AWD system with open diffs

Look at page 7 on this link

tnjeep 07-31-2012 01:59 PM

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Thanks for the info Schweibs. The engineers should have put the same brake assist system for the rear axle for the 4x2's but I guess they figured it wasn't neccessary.

Schweibs 07-31-2012 02:06 PM

I fully agree with you man

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