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Old 07-24-2013, 04:38 PM
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I have a 2wd 94 ram 1500 that's torn down to the frame still from repainting it, the engine was junk so i've been searching the web for a dodge engine and came across a 4s4 truck and was just debating with myself what one would be better to build. im mainly looking for something to go from a to b and haul a trailer better from time to time and later on to mods to. what one has more support in the after marker, what are the common problems with the 2wd, how about the 4wd.
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living in new hampshire, i would want a 4x4.
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My choice would always be 4WD over 2WD, if nothing more than for the unknown.
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yep...4 x 4 ............
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definitely go 4x4. much better in winter and if your hauling alot of weight in the trailer it will help when towing as well. and the aftermarket for 4x4's is just as good if not better than for 2wd suspension wise. but both have great options for aftermarket when it comes to engines.....mainly because the 2wd and 4wd have the same motors unless your going diesel.
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so what are some major problems that the 4x4 usually get? ik that dodge is hard on front end parts but is there anything else besides rust that usually goes wrong. now how about with the 2wd truck.
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There will always be more things that can go wrong on a 4x4 vs a 2wd.

I have been buying 2wd for the last 20 years, but I don't off road and we don't get very much snow here. Therefore, I don't need a 4wd. I can't say I have ever missed having 4wd either.

If you need or just want 4wd, then go for it.....
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There will always be more things that can go wrong on a 4x4 vs a 2wd.

I have been buying 2wd for the last 20 years, but I don't off road and we don't get very much snow here. Therefore, I don't need a 4wd. I can't say I have ever missed having 4wd either.

If you need or just want 4wd, then go for it.....
guess you don't trek up north in the winter. lol
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there a few things to go wrong with a 4x4 but if you keep up the maintenance it's not too bad. i have heard that the 1500's have less front end issues than the 2500 or 3500's. but thats due to different parts and suspension setups. maybe someone more familiar with the 1500 4wd front end can chime in and correct me if my info is incorrect. but i believe the 1500 has a fixed diff and cv axles. it's usually the cv joints that go bad but they usually have a pretty good service life as long as the boots are not torn and they aer well greased. unless your doing some pretty crazy wheeling the transfer case is pretty strong. if it has the electric t-case shift motors they can fail as well. but dodge has a pretty good system in the 1500's. you will have alot less things to go wrong on a 1500 than i do on my power wagon. one more thing to consider as well is if you get the 4x4 it will always have a higher resale value than the 2wd unless your talking the r/t 2wd.
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I have a 2wd and love it. For the few days a year we get snow I dont need 4wd. I dont offroad it either.
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