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JLU is rated to tow up to 3,500 lbs (I believe, someone correct me please if I'm wrong). The JL can only tow 2,000 lbs. While neither is great, if you think a trailer could be in your future the 4 door gives you a few more options.
This, plus tongue weight on the 2 door, as I disappointingly found out, is only 200 pounds. I had planned on using my trailer hitch dirt bike rack with the JL 2 door. But the rack is about 75 ish pounds and the bike is about 220. So I am pulling my bike on a 4x8 Harbor Freight trailer with a few mods.
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Awesome thanks those pics help a lot! I think they'd sell a ton more if they showed it from that angle lol

I current run just the base soft top so I think this'll be moving to the top of the shopping list lol

Thanks again!
 

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Purchased a 2020 Willy's JL in February.3.6 and six speed. My wife has a 2018 JLU. I enjoy the 2dr much better. Had 4 2drs ranging from CJ2,3s 5s. No kids now so for me 2drs will always be my go to. Look and feel is so different from 4drs. It's a unique ride and feel you'll always appreciate.
This FTW! ^^^
 

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My wife and I are empty-nesting. The 2-door with the rear seat pulled out works for us. It has the classic Jeep design, gets better gas mileage (it's lighter than a JLU), and has a phenomenal turning radius.

I also get jealous stares from (some of) my friends with JLUs. :)
It BETTER get better mpg, that wimpy 17 gallon tank is a bummer, but still isn't enough for me to sway towards a 4dr :)
 

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Take the back seat out and there's tons of room... the turning radius and break over angle on theJLR with 33's allows for some serious wheelin'.... factory stock... traded my 2019 Corvette in for this one...

Bike in back of Jeep.jpg


Rubicon Idaho City Trip 2.jpeg
 

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The 2-door steering ratio is slower, likely due to the shorter wheelbase. This could be a benefit when running larger tires or a front locker.
I happen to have had the 4 door steering box in my 2 door due to a dealer screw up. The difference is negligible. Had I not checked part numbers I am not sure I would have noticed. The dealer told me it did not matter. Jeep, however, seemed to think it was a major concern and did not seem too pleased that Autonation Chrysler Jeep Arapahoe installed the wrong box, and then told me "oh it's fine".
 

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I happen to have had the 4 door steering box in my 2 door due to a dealer screw up. The difference is negligible. Had I not checked part numbers I am not sure I would have noticed. The dealer told me it did not matter. Jeep, however, seemed to think it was a major concern and did not seem too pleased that Autonation Chrysler Jeep Arapahoe installed the wrong box, and then told me "oh it's fine".
Jeep might be freaking out because of Moose Test type maneuvers. The shorter wheelbase will change directions faster, and with a faster ratio box the input change is greater. Theoretically this could result in a higher probability of roll-overs.

 

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Jeep might be freaking out because of Moose Test type maneuvers. The shorter wheelbase will change directions faster, and with a faster ratio box the input change is greater. Theoretically this could result in a higher probability of roll-overs.


Disregarding all the driver's bellyaching, I think the JL did admirably in that ridiculous test.
 

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If you need a back seat, get a 4 door.

If you don't need a back seat, get a 2 door.

If you need a truck, get a Chevy.
 

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I happen to have had the 4 door steering box in my 2 door due to a dealer screw up. The difference is negligible. Had I not checked part numbers I am not sure I would have noticed. The dealer told me it did not matter. Jeep, however, seemed to think it was a major concern and did not seem too pleased that Autonation Chrysler Jeep Arapahoe installed the wrong box, and then told me "oh it's fine".
Our dealer had the wrong 4 dr box just about ready to install for that TSB, luckily they caught the error just prior to the install, but did most everything else wrong including reusing the shaft bolt, only snugging down the 4 box bolts (about 60 ft lbs less than they should have been), and forgot to reinstall the fluid reservoir cap, but at least they left in on the inside fender shelf :( Luckily I don't trust service depts and checked everything as soon as I got home, and hit no bumps on that road apparently.
 

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I got the 2 door soft top to replace a Miata 2 door soft top. I wanted a convertible that had a back seat to carry my new grandkids and didn't look like an old man sedan. I'm having just as much fun with the Jeep as we had with the Miata. We are empty nesters, but the grandkids live 1 mile away.

Even with the back seat in the normal position there is room in the back for a medium ice chest, plus 5-6 grocery bags.

I've carried adults in the back seat . Getting in and out is tricky but once you are sitting down there is plenty of room.

Build thread with pics, and a discussion of how to pack a 2 door for a week at the beach.
https://www.jlwranglerforums.com/fo...build-journey-yes-its-a-jeep-story-too.98806/
 

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I think it depends on when you first got 'into' Jeeps. I'm just guessing, but it seems like the JK crowd seems to be pretty pro 4-door V6, whereas if you were around during the TJ & earlier era, a Jeep is 2-doors and an inline is OK.
old thread dont care / JK crowd is the most toxic and they shamelessly shill for the 4 doors. no thanks.
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