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Given the same lift, same Jeep, same trim, same overall build. Mid level rock crawling trails.
2.5 lift
37's on Dana 44 axles.
2.0 Turbo hardtop automatic.

Normally two people in the Jeep, maybe a third teen or dog.
Daily driver/ weekend warrior/ road trip to big off-road parks

Given these parameters would you go two-door or four-door and why

For those wondering, I currently drive a 2006 LJ sport automatic 3.75 lift on 35s. Unfortunately it sits right between the two door and four-door, to an extent is closer to the two-door seeing as their only 5 in different to the rear swing door not including the spare tire.

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4 door because you said road trip.
Agree with this. I'm just 1 person and when I road trip I have the backseat out and all of my gear fills the entire back of the Jeep. With 3 people you're going to need to leave the back seat in which leaves practically zero space for gear.
 

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I love my two door. Two people, gear, and a dog is tight with the backseat removed for any road trip. It's doable, but it's tight. Sometimes a third person? Unless you're pulling a trailer, it's not going to work well.

To give you an idea of space with the third seat in use, you can fit 3-4 people (4 adults is not super comfortable) and ~4 paper grocery bags.
 

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Given the same lift, same Jeep, same trim, same overall build. Mid level rock crawling trails.
2.5 lift
37's on Dana 44 axles.
2.0 Turbo hardtop automatic.

Normally two people in the Jeep, maybe a third teen or dog.
Daily driver/ weekend warrior/ road trip to big off-road parks

Given these parameters would you go two-door or four-door and why
Take a good look at a 2-door with the back seat up, folded down, and if possible completely out. Now if the cargo space works for you, go with the 2-door - way more fun to drive and much more agile.
 

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im a 2 door fan normally but bought a 4dr jeep. like everyone has said, more room, more comfortable ride. my son and i did a 2 week on pavement trip and between clothes and crap we bought it was way easier w a 4 door.
 

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Two door, be different and leave the stuff you don't need at home. No need for a four door based on what you said and a two door will be WAY more fun off road, night and day.
 

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Ignoring the obvious space differences:

A 2 door will be more nimble on the trail, both from the perspective of getting around and getting over stuff.

A 4 door will be less nimble, but will be more stable climbing steep stuff.
 

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Hard top or soft top? I'm just under 6', and I feel claustrophobic if I'm in the rear seat too long—especially if there're lots of bumps. I can safely say I would not want to sit in the rear seat while rock crawling. I have a hard top, but I don't think I would feel this way in a soft top with the top down.
 

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Two door, be different and leave the stuff you don't need at home. No need for a four door based on what you said and a two door will be WAY more fun off road, night and day.
3 people and a dog on a roadtrip in a 2dr? Hard pass. Even without any camping gear or recovery gear you might have enough room to bring lunch...maybe.
 

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I sometimes take one of my kids on a camp trip in the Jeep. Just the two of us and a small (10 lb) dog, but always glad to have that extra room in our 4-door. Not only for gear but just in case we get caught in a rain storm before we can set up the tent, we can make do in the Jeep with the seats folded.

On-road comfort is nice as well with the longer wheelbase.
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