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help - compare and contrast

ok guys im writing a paper on the comparison and contrast of a 2wd drive and a 4wd.... any ideas please?!

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go with gas mileage,, 2 wheel drive better,, 4x4 go better places,, 2 wheel drive lighter... 4x4 look better lifted then slammed.. you get the idea...
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2wd less **** to brake
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Comparison: my truck sucks.
Contrast: 4WD trucks don't.
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comparison: john's truck is probably the most capable 2wd on this site. plus he has the coolest electronic **** too
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Ha ha! You're too kind, thanks. But it's still 2WD and I still can't do things that some STOCK 4x4's can -- of course, they can't do some things I can -- but I want to do BOTH!
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Then I have just one thing to say to you... GET YER DERN SOLID AXLE DONE!!!!
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trust me i want a 4wd too. those are some good basics....

gas mileage
reliabilty - ie **** breaking
capability (where they can and cant go)
over all look


what about how it rides? which rides better? which can be modded more/easier/more mods?
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i am sitting at work making ya a list.. mods would be a good one.. alot to go into on that subject... what about costs... 2 wheel drive is alot less then a 4x4... i will have some more in a minute
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WOW u are the greatest. im doin the same... gotta note pad next to my little mouse and im jottin down stuff that pops in my head. :) thanks a bunch!!
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In terms of difficulty to mod, 4x4 is definitely more difficult, atleast in terms of SLA IFS. It's also more expensive. There are so many facets to this comparison... Are you going to narrow down your talk? 2wd vs. 4wd in regards to late model ford rangers or what? And as far as ride quality... they're both going to ride about the same given they have the same size/brand of tires and wheels and suspension.
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i think 4x4's ride alot ruffer then two wheel drives.. 4x4 have alot tuffer supension then in a 2 wheel drive and heavier shocks to take the abouce that a 4x4 could go through.. plus you have all the addition weight of the 4 wheel drive components in the front compared to the straight axel in a 2 wheel...
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one crappy thing about later model trucks like mine being a 4x4.. the hubs are always locked, so the truck has to turn the front axles as well as the back.

makes it a turd for speed and milage
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great guys... keep it coming. maybe this time i will actually pass this paper the first time 'round! lol.
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never heard of an all wheel drive ranger before.... whats the 4x4 switch for???
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one crappy thing about later model trucks like mine being a 4x4.. the hubs are always locked, so the truck has to turn the front axles as well as the back.

makes it a turd for speed and milage

i know they are live axles but what do you mean speed and mileage?

if anything mileage it is like 1 mpg with manual hubs from live axle.

speed i have no idea what ur talking about, i crused at 100+ up to michigan with 33s this last weekend. and for ***** and giggles i fliped it in to 4x4 once or twice at that speed.
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that should get you started sparki... ( not a pun) i will try to think of some more stuff...



thank you Zach.. i though they only recommend speeds up to 55 when lock in your hubs... haha
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that should get you started sparki... ( not a pun) i will try to think of some more stuff...



thank you Zach.. i though they only recommend speeds up to 55 when lock in your hubs... haha

um we have no manual "hubs", all the switch does is changes something in your transfer case. otherwise the front drivshaft, cvs and diff spin all the time.(hint* live axle) since it is a live axle i dont see why it would matter when you switch it in or out of 4x4

and i dont really care what they recommend, 4x4 high switches in when i flip the switch that is all that matters.
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More Expensive To Lift

Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
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Here's some distinctions in offroading.

In many situations, a locked 4x2 can do what an open diff 4x4 can.

But two situations in particular, and presumably more like them, can defeat a "2 wheel wonder".

Scenario 1: You are crossing a well traveled water hole, when you suddenly find that your front tires have made it nearly to land, but your rear tires are now hopelessly suspended in ruts on the bottom. Someone with bigger tires than yours has made ruts so deep you're sitting on your rear "pumpkin", with BOTH rear wheels spinning freely. In this condition, having front wheels that drive would pull you out. This happened to me in 37" deep water and is documented here on the board.

Scenario 2: You are approaching an obstacle that doesn't exceed your approach angle, and is not so tall you can't get your tires up to it, but it's very steep. A 2WD vehicle will place its front tires up against the nearly vertical obstacle and then typically spin the rear fruitlessly trying to force the front ones up it. A 4x4 will have a tire "climbing" the obstacle. Big difference and one I run into all the time.

A 4x4, even with open diffs, get's a boost from the idea of "spatial diversity". Since your traction is distributed over a wider area, there can be a better chance that some wheel can grab. In a 4x2, both rear wheels typically see the same traction at some point and if it's inadequate -- no go.

I approach some obstacles and conditions at an angle when it's possible to try to make it so at least one rear wheel can find purchase. With the locker, that's often enough to get me through, but sometimes not, lol.
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wow u guys sure know ur ****!! im soakin this up like a sponge!! you guys are great!!
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availability.... Kyle's feeling that one.
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LOL ya he is ... first hand.
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availability.... Kyle's feeling that one.
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