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Unread 01-04-2009, 05:35 PM   #1
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My 1st Off road build...

Hey Guys and Gals!!!
I'm gonna start by introducing myself.....
My name is Jay. I'm 26 and im from westchester county in NY. My passion has been import cars over the past few years, I know im gonna catch crap for the ricer thing hahaha, but im no ricer. In pursuit of my passion it has led me to not being able to drive my import cars in the winter. That leads me into buying a 98 XJ 2 door, that im picking up on tuesday.

So im one that cant leave any vehicle that i own stock and now I'm being bit by the off road bug. Ive spent the last few days immersed in this forum trying to adsorb everything my mind would allow.

I figure im going to start my build here. Ive always had a thread like this for almost every car i've owned and I find them a must for people like me. They help guide you along your way and also get some recognition for your hard work.

All that googly stuff aside lets get down to it.......

My first topic of this thread is going to be to ask a question so i know where I stand.... Here it is..... What XJ IN EVERYONES OPINION is a better starting point, the two door or 4 door XJ? Please explain your opinion and/or experience....

Thanks for any input you guys offer and looking forward to some great discussion and maybe meeting a few of you....

Jay

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Unread 01-04-2009, 05:43 PM   #2
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wheelbase is the same, so personal preference IMO.

welcome aboard, and happy modding!

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Unread 01-04-2009, 05:53 PM   #3
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I strongly prefer the four door. Having owned a two door GMC Jimmy in the past, I swore I would never own a two door again. I see only drawback with it. You have to get out to let anyone in/out; people have to squeeze in/out (which as an adult now would embarrass me to have someone do); cleaning back there is a pain; loading a car seat is near impossible; and loading gear is much easier to throw it in a side door rather than lifting the hatch.
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Unread 01-04-2009, 05:55 PM   #4
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If you're gonna be totting kids to school, mall, soccer practice, ect. then go with a 4 door. If not then like martin said it's personal prefference. I would love to have a 2 door BTW.
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Unread 01-04-2009, 05:56 PM   #5
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Thanks for the welcome Martin!! Is there a weight diff between them?
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Unread 01-04-2009, 05:57 PM   #6
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Get a 4 door. You won't be dissapointed. As stated already 2 doors are just a pain. If you have the option i would take 4 over 2 any day, but either way you go you won't be dissapointed with off road performance. Besides, you wont be the one riding in the back right?!
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Unread 01-04-2009, 05:59 PM   #7
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Yeah def no kids in the near future so im liking the 2 door just wondering if there were any drawbacks to it...
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Unread 01-04-2009, 06:00 PM   #8
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Haha yeah i def dont have to worry about riding in the back. The price is just right on this 2 door and its in great shape ill get pics up by wed...
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Unread 01-04-2009, 06:02 PM   #9
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Haha yeah i def dont have to worry about riding in the back. The price is just right on this 2 door and its in great shape ill get pics up by wed...
If the price is right go for it. Lets see some pics and keep us up to date. I used to have a Cherokee and am seriously thinking about another one. Maybe you will inspire me to go and get one.
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Unread 01-04-2009, 06:05 PM   #10
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Actually i think i can get some pics let me see if i can get this to work.....
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Unread 01-04-2009, 06:06 PM   #11
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Thanks for the welcome Martin!! Is there a weight diff between them?
more than welcome mate
as far as weight goes, i would imagine it to be marginal. from what i can research, the weights are within 200lbs of each other (2 door and 4 door)
i like the look of the 2 door, but with 3 kids, we had to get a 4 door to replace the very built yj we had.
as i said, wheelbase is the same, just depends on what your personal preference is as to whether you want or need the 4 doors or not.
i think anyone would be extremely hard pushed to tell any performance or mpg difference between a 2dr and 4dr when equiped with the same drivetrain.


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Unread 01-04-2009, 06:08 PM   #12
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Unread 01-04-2009, 06:09 PM   #13
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hmm.. that didnt work exactly as I planned it.....
Anyone got some help with those? Thanks!!!
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Unread 01-04-2009, 06:11 PM   #14
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Looks pretty good condition wise. How many miles are on it? Would look a lot better with some mods.....
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Unread 01-04-2009, 06:13 PM   #15
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156k on it no major issues.... def need to get rid of that front bumper not my style...I think im gonna put tires on it first....
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