Driving characteristics 2dr vs 4dr

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Hi guys...
Is there any difference in on-the-road (paved surface) driving characteristics between the 2 door vs 4 door Wrangler?
Perhaps those in the know can share some first hand experience.
Thanks... DTG
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I have had a few JKs at the cottage and JKUs as my daily driver.

My personal take on it is that the 2dr is a little quicker (makes sense it weighs less), has a noticeably tighter turning radius, but I find it is a little more skittish on wet or icey pavement due to the shorter wheel base.

The 4dr can feel, a little less bouncey when encountering road imperfections, but that can be greatly affected by the spring and shock combo (even the same model can get different spring rates).

Otherwise they are rather similar to me.
 

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Own the JKU, but have driven both. On pavement the JK is much less stable than the JKU due to the shorter wheelbase, lighter weight and higher center of gravity. It does get slightly better mileage but if you're spending most of your time on the road (especially highways) the 4dr is a much more stable/controlled/comfortable ride.
 

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I have had both. I really enjoyed the sportier feel(If a wrangler can be that) of the 2dr around town. On the highway the 4 door was much easier to handle(Especially with bigger tires/lift etc.) I really miss my 2dr with the 6spd as a daily driver.
 

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Hi guys...
Is there any difference in on-the-road (paved surface) driving characteristics between the 2 door vs 4 door Wrangler?
Perhaps those in the know can share some first hand experience.
Thanks... DTG
What's your use going to be like - road vs off-road?
 

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also depends how modified your jeep will be. based on what ive read, some of the differences b/w them can either be reduced or exacerbated depending on your tires and suspension mods.
 

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My 2dr with 2-2.5" lift 35s and supporting mods felt less stable on the highway than my 3-4" lifted 4drs on 37s. They all would get pushed around by heavy winds, but the 2dr with the short wheelbase required more input on the highway in those situations. I briefly went up to 37s on the 2 door, but it ruined the fun of it(the big weight diff. between the 35s and 37s made a huge difference in all around driving fun on the smaller Jeep.)
 
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Thanks for the reply guys. While I am sure to drive on the highway, I plan on driving the Jeep mostly for around town and along the beach (open air driving). Sounds like the 2dr would be most fun for that. This isn't my daily driver, all for fun and the 2dr sounds to be the most fun compared to the 4dr.
 

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Thanks for the reply guys. While I am sure to drive on the highway, I plan on driving the Jeep mostly for around town and along the beach (open air driving). Sounds like the 2dr would be most fun for that. This isn't my daily driver, all for fun and the 2dr sounds to be the most fun compared to the 4dr.
Yea if you don't need the extra space and doors provided by the 4 door and it's purely for fun then definitely go for the 2 door. And since this will be your first Jeep, getting the "classic" 2 door Jeep will be a great intro to the world of Wranglers :rock:

I may be a bit biased though ;)
 

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The two door is much more bouncy and "Jeep like" in its behavior because of its shorter wheelbase, but is also correspondingly more maneuverable.

The four door has a smoother ride (due to longer wheelbase) but has a wider turn radius and feels more "truck like."

For example, you rarely will have to do a three point turn into a perpendicular parking space in a two door, in the four door it's more or less the way you pull into a space.
 

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My 2dr with 2-2.5" lift 35s and supporting mods felt less stable on the highway than my 3-4" lifted 4drs on 37s. They all would get pushed around by heavy winds, but the 2dr with the short wheelbase required more input on the highway in those situations. I briefly went up to 37s on the 2 door, but it ruined the fun of it(the big weight diff. between the 35s and 37s made a huge difference in all around driving fun on the smaller Jeep.)
Very useful information. Thanks very much for sharing.
 

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i have the 2 door sport jl which is my daily driver and i love it. the ride quality is not all that bad. i test drove a 4 door jl sport and couldn't see that much of a difference between the two. the 2 door is much sportier, feels fast and quick reacting. defiantly easy to move around traffic, parking, etc. in your case as being a local beach cruiser, the 2 door would be the one to grab.
 

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Thanks for the reply guys. While I am sure to drive on the highway, I plan on driving the Jeep mostly for around town and along the beach (open air driving). Sounds like the 2dr would be most fun for that. This isn't my daily driver, all for fun and the 2dr sounds to be the most fun compared to the 4dr.
IMO a real Wrangler has to be a 2 door.
 
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