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Unread 04-21-2013, 10:25 PM   #1
davidshain
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2WD to 4WD, read and tell me your input

Im curious if anybody has done this: As you know, I have a 2012 Liberty Limited 2WD, Im buried in negative equity on it, but I have considered transforming it into a 4x4. It surely cannot be that bad, spindles, front differential, transfer case, possible trany change but maybe just the tail shaft, and a little bit of additional electronics and small stuff shouldnt be too bad. I could go the live axle route too, lift it. Soooooooo, theres the case, whats your input?

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Unread 04-21-2013, 11:12 PM   #2
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It would probably be cheaper to trade it in and buy a 4x4 imho
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Unread 04-22-2013, 01:23 AM   #3
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Sfa swap will probably run atleast 10k..... I forgot how much money Tj ended up putting in his KJ to sfa it, it was A LOT though lol
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Unread 04-22-2013, 05:29 AM   #4
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Sfa swap will probably run atleast 10k..... I forgot how much money Tj ended up putting in his KJ to sfa it, it was A LOT though lol
To SFA a KK would be alot more then a KJ due to the electronics and gas tank location.Specific axles would need to be used also increasing the cost further due to having to keep ABS.


As far as converting a KK from 2wd to 4wd the mechanical part is easy but the electronic part would be almost impossible.
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Unread 04-22-2013, 07:03 AM   #5
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Get a winch it would be cheaper!
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Unread 04-22-2013, 07:25 AM   #6
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Not to mention that Jeep would more than likely void the warranty due to all of the changes done through out the drivetrain.

If your upside down, but have decent credit you can still get financed by rolling over the balance.
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Unread 04-22-2013, 09:06 PM   #7
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Thanks for all of your responses. So if I keep this 2WD, and I dont lift it, I might go the route of different wheels and tires. I drive mostly on hard ball but being a firefighter I sometimes go off road (a little). What would be my best bet for wheels and tires? My Liberty is black and I am going to be plasti-dipping all exterior chrome.
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Unread 12-09-2013, 11:21 AM   #8
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So its been a while since I ventured into the conversion. I have tried trading my Liberty in on just about everything and I just owe too much! If I leave it 2WD what are some recommendations on wheels/tires from you all? Id still like to go 4WD though. It can be done I know but expensive Im sure!
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Unread 12-09-2013, 11:39 AM   #9
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My idea would be to build up your equity in it.. Try making an extra payment every month or every other month. If you build up you're equity you could trade it in on a 4wd Liberty or another vehicle.
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Unread 12-09-2013, 03:47 PM   #10
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Geez, how much do you owe on it that you are THAT upside down?

I owe $14k on a 2010, and I thought THAT was bad!!!
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Unread 12-09-2013, 05:24 PM   #11
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Geez, how much do you owe on it that you are THAT upside down?

I owe $14k on a 2010, and I thought THAT was bad!!!
I'm sure you have positive equity on yours. I'd probably break even if I traded in and positive if I sold privately. Too bad I love my Jeep and its going to stay.


If I were you id make it the baddest looking mall crawler there is.. No one has to know its 2wd. Unless you want to wheel it. With negative equity that's a bad idea.

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Unread 12-09-2013, 06:41 PM   #12
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You could add a Detroit True Trac limited slip or a Locker in the rear diff and still be more capable than any other 2wd truck.
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Unread 12-10-2013, 04:03 AM   #13
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I'm sure you have positive equity on yours.
With 83,000 miles, I doubt I have anything close to positive equity or break even.

That is almost DOUBLE the miles that it should have.
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Unread 12-10-2013, 07:01 AM   #14
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Oh wow, I was thinking with normal amount of miles. Not too bad at most 3k in negative value.

I have a 09 with 21k. (Previous owner was on Long Island, I guess didn't drive much.) I break even but probably not for long.

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Unread 12-13-2013, 04:17 PM   #15
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Oh wow, I was thinking with normal amount of miles. Not too bad at most 3k in negative value.

I have a 09 with 21k. (Previous owner was on Long Island, I guess didn't drive much.) I break even but probably not for long.

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Excellent
$12,068

Very Good
$11,768

Good
$11,168

Fair
$9,568

Yup, could be worse. Could be MUCH worse.
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