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Old 01-02-2014, 05:25 AM   #1
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Tow bar

I need to tow this jeep home. About 40 miles-- Anyone know what type of tow bar that would insert into the front bumper brackets as shown in picture? ( under running lights) Jeep is not here, and I'm only going by the picture for information. Thanks
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Old 01-02-2014, 07:35 AM   #2
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Does it run? If it's me, I would grab a car-dolly from U-haul. Never done it, but I don't like the idea of flat towing a vehicle, particularly one with unknown steering characteristics.
http://www.uhaul.com/Reservations/Eq....aspx?model=TD

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Don't dolly it! Read the owners manual about recreational towing first!

What is on the front of that Jeep look like these... Roadmaster XL Base Plate

If you must tow it, get a car trailer as your Wrangler is not designed for towing unless all 4 wheels are off the ground, or all 4 are on the ground.

One other option is removing the rear driveshaft and you could then tow with a dolly, but be aware unless the Jeep has a slip yoke eliminator, the oil will partially drain out the transfer case rear output shaft
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Old 01-02-2014, 07:51 AM   #4
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(runs out to garage to read manual)
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Looks like the same one I have on mine, I just did some googling and it looks like this
http://www.etrailer.com/Base-Plates/...id=19991006195
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Manual or auto trans? AT's can be damaged if proper preparations are not done for towing. Check owner's manual.
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Old 01-02-2014, 08:06 AM   #7
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I change my vote to trailer.
Had not seen this before, thanks for pointing it out! Although, it's not very informative as to what specifically would be damaged. With the TC in neutral, the DS removed, and dust boot plugged, what could go wrong?


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Looks like the same one I have on mine, I just did some googling and it looks like this
Base Plates by Roadmaster for 1999 Wrangler - 1424-1
Looks like this could be it, now for the cost of the Tow Bar? I will go looking in a few, But wanted to first say thanks!

Im aware of the towing procedures, and initially I was going to rent the car hauler, but I got to wondering if I could purchase the Tow Bar for close to the same rental expense -- Im cheap that way If its a Roadmaster or BlueOx -- The deal is off. (Too expensive)

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Those are definitely Roadmaster XL tow bar mounts that I used to tow my Jeep with. I picked up those exact mounts from a fellow Jeeper for free. All I had to do was find the rest to go with it.
I ended up contacting Roadmaster directly for the other side of the tow bar mount. It was years ago, so the emails and pricing info is gone unfortunately. I ordered up their cheapest Tracker tow bar, and some quick connects to go with the mounts.



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Old 01-02-2014, 09:26 AM   #10
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If you have front end damage drop the rear driveshaft and use a tow dolly on the front

Then just check /refill transfer case when driveshaft is replaced

You know it will work and be done with it

Beats the hell out of having a problem part way home in an inconvenient location
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I vote trailer it home then sort out flat towing it.

For flat towing -
I was spending a lot of money to increase ground clearance and do away with parts hanging down lower..... last thing I wanted was to add something else hanging down to catch on so I use the D-rings to tow it.

I bought a Reese tow bar from Craigslist for $60 and a set of Warrior shackle tow d-ring point adapters. Works great and no extra parts hanging down or off the Jeep.

More details on my flat tow setup in my build thread at the bottom in my signature.


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Don't dolly it! Read the owners manual about recreational towing first!

What is on the front of that Jeep look like these... Roadmaster XL Base Plate

If you must tow it, get a car trailer as your Wrangler is not designed for towing unless all 4 wheels are off the ground, or all 4 are on the ground.

One other option is removing the rear driveshaft and you could then tow with a dolly, but be aware unless the Jeep has a slip yoke eliminator, the oil will partially drain out the transfer case rear output shaft
The TJ's 231 does not leak after removing the rear driveshaft, with or without a SYE. That only happens with older YJ transfer cases.

And I was thinking recently about the somewhat common advice to not tow-dolly a TJ which I used to buy into too. The usual reason given being that the front & rear driveshaft rpm differences would be too great for the 231 tcase to handle. The only problem with that theory is that many of us, me included, have manual hubs on the front axle and we drive year-round with those hubs unlocked. That means the front driveshaft isn't being spun by the front axle, which is the same thing that happens when tow-dollying a TJ.

At least in my way of thinking, that blows the do-not-tow-dolly-a-TJ theory out of the water". The only thing I'd do to tow dolly a TJ would be to make sure the tcase was in Neutral.
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Agree no obvious reason but unlocking manual hubs keeps wheels from spinning front driveshaft but driveshaft can still free wheel but without manual hubs on a front dolly front driveshaft is locked at full stop and cannot even free wheel

Not sure if it does free spin but I recall one of my rigs with front manual hubs unlocked and engine running the front driveshaft had a gentle free spin in 2wd that could be stopped with a gloved hand

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