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Old 01-17-2012, 10:29 AM   #1
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I see on Jeeps website that if you buy a new jeep, it can be equiped with a "max tow package". First of all, by doing this, how will it differ from stock? And if i own a JK unlimited already, is there someway i can get it installed on there? PLEASE HELP ME

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Mine had the tow package installed at the dealership before it was delivered to the first owner & it had 410 gears included in the cost. I am not sure what the newer Jeeps have in the package but the dealer should tell you

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It's like jcf said: max tow usually comes with the lowest factory gears (4.10 on a rubi, 3.73 on the others). Adding them after the fact will usually cost you about $1500.

And the stiffest set of springs (19/60), or close to it. Often you'll see 18/59's...whereas Jeeps without the tow package may be sprung with lowly 13/54's, etc. There's a benefit to having the weaker springs, however...if you buy a set of the 19/60 rubi springs ($159 from Mopar, or find used ones on CL, e-bay, etc), they'll lift your Jeep 1-2" with no other mods.
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It's like jcf said: max tow usually comes with the lowest factory gears (4.10 on a rubi, 3.73 on the others). Adding them after the fact will usually cost you about $1500.

And the stiffest set of springs (19/60), or close to it. Often you'll see 18/59's...whereas Jeeps without the tow package may be sprung with lowly 13/54's, etc. There's a benefit to having the weaker springs, however...if you buy a set of the 19/60 rubi springs ($159 from Mopar, or find used ones on CL, e-bay, etc), they'll lift your Jeep 1-2" with no other mods.
I take it the stiffer back springs are better for towing than. I have no knowledge when it comes to the gearing. Do you know where i could get it installed for a older year, like 07-09?
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I take it the stiffer back springs are better for towing than. I have no knowledge when it comes to the gearing. Do you know where i could get it installed for a older year, like 07-09?
You mean gears? It's a very specialized job...you don't want the dealer or any run-of-the-mill auto shop to do it. You need to find someone with LOTS of experience in changing 4x4 gears, then order the gears through them, to preserve the warranty if something should go wrong. You'll want to order the master kit (basically, everything new for the gears, including pinion nut, etc) because some of the parts could get destroyed in the removal process.

After the installation you'll need to break in the new gears according to mfr instructions. This is crucial to ensuring they work properly and last you a long time.

$1500 is a ballpark figure...could cost a few hundred less, or a few hundred more.

Yukon is the brand of gears that most Jeepers buy.
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You mean gears? It's a very specialized job...you don't want the dealer or any run-of-the-mill auto shop to do it. You need to find someone with LOTS of experience in changing 4x4 gears, then order the gears through them, to preserve the warranty if something should go wrong. You'll want to order the master kit (basically, everything new for the gears, including pinion nut, etc) because some of the parts could get destroyed in the removal process.

After the installation you'll need to break in the new gears according to mfr instructions. This is crucial to ensuring they work properly and last you a long time.

$1500 is a ballpark figure...could cost a few hundred less, or a few hundred more.

Yukon is the brand of gears that most Jeepers buy.
What if I just took my jeep TO the dealership and told them i wanted a tow kit installed, like the one from the jeep company?
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What if I just took my jeep TO the dealership and told them i wanted a tow kit installed, like the one from the jeep company?
The dealer could do the gear change...but I'd be concerned about whether or not they'd do it WELL. You want a shop that's done a LOT of them...and most folks who decide to regear don't take it to the dealer to have it done.

It'll probably cost quite a bit more at the dealer, as well.

It's up to you, but I for my $$ I'd want a shop that specializes in 4x4's, and a mechanic that has extensive experience in changing them.

Here are a thread that should give you some idea of the things you should look for when deciding on a gear change.

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Probably the two most important components of a tow package would be lower gears and a transmission cooler. You might check with Sadler Powertrain in north Davenport on West 76th street. They do great work.

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