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Old 05-20-2013, 01:23 AM   #1
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Exclamation YJ flat towing question..

OK so idecided to use a tow bar to haul my jeep on a 4.5hr trip instead of driving it. Being I dont have enough money for a dolly or trailer.

Now im looking at them and notice that the brackets connect to front stock bumper...however i have a tube bumper w/ hoop now.
But i do have a 3/4in angle iron for a rear bumper that bolts to frame. Stronger then the little stock front.

So question is...Can i pull Jeep from the rear with tranny case in (N) and transmission in (I heard 5th gear but havnt confirmed so some help with that also)

It looks like i would have same set up in the rear and I wouldnt have to keep swapping my bumpers....I know its only 4 bolts but still..

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Old 05-20-2013, 01:57 AM   #2
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well after i wrote this i was thinking...

I think i might tare up rear tires when attempting to turn....also worried bout swaying front swaying around.

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Old 05-20-2013, 09:27 AM   #3
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I don't think that will work.
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:49 PM   #4
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Towing.

I have a 91 that I tow behind my motorhome It hah a rock crawler front bumper with the Pad eyes on it I modified my tow bar ends to match the holes in the pad eyes.
another cheap easy way is to pick up some spring shackle's that are made for that purpose.
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Old 05-20-2013, 01:46 PM   #5
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I tow my 94 YJ auto behind my MH with a simple harbor freight set up. Its followed me for thousands of miles without a problem.
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That is not a good idea in my opinion.
First putty the transfer case in Neutral if I understand you are saying you will take the 4wd lever and move it to the Neutral position?

If so that is not as Neutral as it sounds. I would leave it in 2WD High
Easy way to check what I am saying is put it in Neutral like you are saying and jack up the front axle and try to spin the tires if they spin freely your not in 4wd if they are hard to turn then you are basically in 4wd. I lost the rear drive shaft and destroyed the rear axle towing my jeep in Neutral thinking all four wheels were free spinning they were not. In addition there is no way to guarentee that the jeep will not slip into 4h or 4l while going down the road.

Also I would just attach some leaf spring brackets to the tube bumber on the bottom assuming you have any lift on the jeep the tow bar will sit more level that way.
I also have the Harbor Freight tow bar setup it works very well.
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Old 05-20-2013, 03:50 PM   #7
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Just my .02 cents
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:20 PM   #8
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I tow my 94 YJ auto behind my MH with a simple harbor freight set up. Its followed me for thousands of miles without a problem.
that what im going to get is the harbor frieght one....jus gotta see if i have to put my stock bumper on when i get it unless find a way to bolt to frame.
How do you have yur tarnsfer case and tranny set....I would assume neutral for tranny but not sure on transfer case...either 2wd or neutral?

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I've been flat towing our yj for over a year and probably 2000 miles. I put the transfer in neutral and the tranny in a forward gear, usually 1st. I then leave the ignition switched turn where the steering wheel is unlocked. You can double check the transfer is in neutral by putting the tranny in gear and letting the clutch out slowly and see if it moves. If it moves the transfer is not in neutral.

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These 2 pages from the original YJ owners manual might help:
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:54 AM   #11
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Neil thanks for the pages!

Once I get my YJ back on the road we will have to go Wheeling I live in Charlotte.

I still think the transfer case in Neutral is a bad idea but I am jaded since I blew my rear end doing it. I may not have had it Neutral I freely admit that but I will stick to 2H from now on for my towing no matter what.
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:52 AM   #12
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if the transfer case is not in neutral the gears will be turning and pressure builds up and it will blow oil out ! I made the mistake of thinking mine was in neutral on a short ( fortunately) trip in California, and when i stopped the whole underside of the transfer case was covered in oil.
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I have both a Jeep Liberty auto trans and 89 YJ which I tow behind my motor home. For the YJ I put the transfer case in neutral and the transmission into 4th gear. On both after shifting the transfer case into neutral, I check by putting both vehicles into reverse and forward to check and see that there is no movment.
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Old 05-21-2013, 11:19 AM   #14
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I would not suggest that you tow your YJ with a hitch that connects to the bumper unless its a REAL bumper and not the junk that came with the Jeep. There is a lot of stress on that hitch especially if you have to make a sudden stop or turn......and do not tow backwards, you won't get far before the jeep starts swerving...
DO NOT leave the transfer case in gear and DO leave the transmission in a forward gear, if not the main shaft will be turning with no lubrication, the transfer case is OK as it has a chain that picks up lube.

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