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Old 01-11-2014, 09:16 AM   #1
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Max load package on new 2014 JK

I am going to get a new jk this year. I have some concerns on it's pulling. I shoe horses for a living and I am trying to make sure that the jk will pull my shoeing wagon on an everyday basis. What is the deal with the max towing package that is available? What makes it better? What does it beef up?

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Old 01-11-2014, 10:59 AM   #2
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The Wrangler is not an ideal tow vehicle. The most it is rated for is 3500lbs.


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Old 01-11-2014, 12:34 PM   #3
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Do you happen to know why they would offer a max towing package?
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Old 01-11-2014, 12:40 PM   #4
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In a new JK, all 2 doors are capped at 2000 pounds.

On the doors, those with 3.21 axle ratios are rated at 2000 pounds. Those with 3.73's or 4.10 are at 3500 pounds. That extra 1500 pounds is basically your max tow.

A Grand Cherokee would make a much better tow vehicle. Not as fun, but better suited to the task.
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Old 01-11-2014, 12:58 PM   #5
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I was looking at the 4 door. I had a 88 yj. Loved it but we had another little one. Not enough room. Don't want to grow up just yet. Lol. Do you think if I put overload springs it would help
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Old 01-11-2014, 06:15 PM   #6
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Overload springs won't solve the problem if you need to pull more than 3,500 pounds of trailer and everything in/on it. You'll need upgraded brakes, upgraded fasteners, and suspension components for the entire vehicle.

Since you are using it in your business as a work vehicle and if your trailer/cargo exceeds the factory trailer limit, your insurer may well decide to drop your coverage or elevate your premiums because you are exceeding the design requirements engineered into the vehicle. If you don't tell them and get into an accident... you'll be in a world of abject grief.

Personal use modification is one thing and business use is completely different.
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Old 01-11-2014, 09:10 PM   #7
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Don't think the trailer weighs over 3500. Just the wear and tear of everyday trailer pulling is what I'm worried about. Not sure the tranny will hold up.
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Old 01-11-2014, 09:17 PM   #8
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i seriously doubt your shoeing wagon weighs more then 3500 pounds. and if it some how does, i have no doubt it could easily be made to weigh less.
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Old 01-11-2014, 09:33 PM   #9
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Would throwing in an aftermarket tranny cooler with a fan help enough? I don't trailer much, but on the beaches, I've had my tranny overheat a bit so I looked a bit at the B&M coolers.

I did pull a single-axle trailer with 2500-3000 lbs on it 600 miles last Nov, had no issues with overheating.
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Old 01-12-2014, 01:33 AM   #10
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If it were me, I would get a diesel truck new or used. Better milage and towing capabilities.
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Old 01-12-2014, 04:58 AM   #11
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Already have that. My 3/4 ton 4x4 has 254,000 + on my 5.9 cummins. Looking to down size a little. Less money on maintance and parts. Looking to put the ol dodge back to glory

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