2x4 trucks bad?

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  1. 4x4SuperGirl

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    I have always loved 4x4. It time for me to get a new truck. I see a lot of nice 2x4, I have never owned a 2x4 truck before and I can't afford a truck that is a 4x4 most of them are 2x4

    But are 2x4 trucks bad? Would they be okay for me to go camping?
    Can anyone give me pro and cons about 2x4 drive?

    Would it be retarded to put a 35 inch tires on a 2x4?
     
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    I lift many Chevy 1500's (and other trucks) and install 35 inch tires. You would be amazed at the amount of 2wd trucks are on the road that give the appearance of a lifted 4x4, and have no transfer case to speak of.
    A few downsides....... The rear axles for these trucks are rated pretty low, in other words, they are pretty small for the added loads of larger tires, so they break. The front bearings seem to wear quickly too, steering racks have gone out well before there time on trucks with big tires, and transmissions go south a lot. Granted, everything can be modified to deal with the bigger stuff, but you are still left with a truck that will not be as capable as a 4 wheel drive. ( that trans problem applies to both 4x4, and 2x4, with larger tires)
    By the time, and money you have spent lifting a 2wd, you might as well have just bought a 4x4. So maybe you have to wait a little while to lift it, or even wait a little while to even make the initial purchase, but I think that given your history with 4 wheel drives, and the potential need for 4 wheel drive while camping, you might be better off getting a truck with a front differential.
     
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    Thank you, the thing is that I never put it in 4x4gear. I just like having it, I live on a ranch. I heard 2wd tow way better than 4wd. It would be okay to have a 2wd and put mud tired on it?
     
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    if you never use 4wd dont buy a 4wd. i've gotta buddy with a chevy 1500 2wd on 35's
     
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    What 75 was trying to say is, a 4x4 suspension can withstand the punishment longer than a 2x4 lifted with 35's. But each to his or her own. Before you buy a 2x4, put your 4x4 in gear and go out and have fun. See if it will changed your mind.
     
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    with as little as i use 4 wd, i sometimes regret buying it. its nice to have when i get out in the brush and have the feeling of "might need it" but other than that, its more to work on when something else breaks.
     
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    ^^^yeah, I second that. As for me, here in Salt Lake City the winters are nuts (when compared to Hawaii) my 4X4 is needed.......heh, heh.
     
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    I understand what you are saying, well thank you!!!!!
     
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    A 2x4 truck can still be a good truck, buy I personally wouldn't have a 2x4 truck.

    Also, I think a lifted 2x4 with 35" tires wouldn't go as far as a stock lift 4x4 with 31 or 33 inch tires. 4x4 makes such a huge difference.
     
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    I have owned a 2wd truck mostly since I got my license and with NY weather being as it is it doesn't do so bad as some may think. If you never use the 4wd unit then it would probably be best to go for the 2wd but as some have said it is nice to have 4wd when you really need it. My 89 F-150 2wd has handled 31x10.50x15's with the stock suspension and only rubbed a little when I cranked hard left or right but they weren't aggressive tires either.
     
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