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Old 01-12-2014, 07:28 PM   #1
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I am thinking of buying a 4 door jk this year. I do have a concern. I shoe horses for a living. I have a shoeing wagon that probably weighs between 2800 and 3000 lbs. I am worried that the tranny will not hold up with the everyday pulling. Thoughts on this. I have already gotten some suggestions from the other forum.

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Old 01-12-2014, 07:52 PM   #2
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Might be too much. I think it is rated for 2000K. I towed a 12' utility trailer with a golf cart on it. I found that I had the cart too far forward and caused the rear to drop and the headlight to pout too high. Had to move the cart back over the trailer axle. Gas mileage went down as well.

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Old 01-12-2014, 07:56 PM   #3
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A properly equipped JKU is rated to tow 3500 lbs. IMO I would tow 3000 lbs occasionally with one, but would be hesitant to tow that much on a daily basis.
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I am thinking of buying a 4 door jk this year. I do have a concern. I shoe horses for a living. I have a shoeing wagon that probably weighs between 2800 and 3000 lbs. I am worried that the tranny will not hold up with the everyday pulling. Thoughts on this. I have already gotten some suggestions from the other forum.
I think you posted here yesterday
But 3000# is within capability of the JKU (with minimum 3.73). Is your trailer loaded properly? Tongue weight would be my first concern. Should be about 10% of trailer weight

Second concern would be braking. I tow 3100 with trailer brakes. I would not attempt it without.

As far as the tranny goes, no problems here (auto). I do change the diff fluid more often than recommended
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Old 01-13-2014, 06:03 AM   #5
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Everything is good on the trailer. Just worried about pulling everyday.
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Old 01-13-2014, 07:14 AM   #6
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I'm sure it's ok. The transmission is very overkill for the tow rating. Keep in mind that transmission was in the grand Cherokee with a max tow cap of over 7,000lbs. In theory you're towing at less than 1/2 of the transmission's tow cap and a D44 is pretty heavy duty for a street axle, where I'm assuming you'll be towing. I'd say you're fine. You'll get awful mileage and you should change the fluids more but you're all set
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Old 01-13-2014, 08:13 AM   #7
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That was helpful. Thx everybody. Just worried. I bought my first jeep last year. Now I'm hooked. Need more room. The ol YJ wasn't big enough for our little surprise last year. Had sell it. Broke my heart. I'll get another one. Just want to do a little research
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Is your Avatar your old Jeep? I certainly would not pull 3000 pounds with a 2 Door. I don't think it's a power issue, its the short wheel base. You might meet yourself going down the road. I agree with others, a JKU should do fine. Go for trailer brakes, 4.10 rear end if possible and auto trans. There is plenty of power there. Especially if you get the 3.6 engine.
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A JKU is rated at 3500 if properly equipped. I'd tow that much on an occasional basis, but not every day. Anyway you look at it Wranglers suck at towing.

People often way underestimate the weight of a trailer, and over time stuff collects in them and weight goes up too. You also have to consider the Gross Combined Weight Rating. People often overlook this very important rating which also includes the weight of the Jeep, occupants and gear in it. Start putting aftermarket stuff on the Wrangler, and put 4 adult males inside and you have lost 1,000 lbs or more of towing capacity. That 3500 lbs assumes a stock factory Jeep with no gear inside and only a driver. Not to mention larger tires that go on most Wranglers.

If you were asking about pulling a boat or small camper once a month, yes. No way I'd pull that much weight on a daily basis with a Wrangler.
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Yes the avatar is my old YJ. I should have never sold it. Just waited til I could have put my little one in a forward facing car seat. Oh well. Lot of different answers. All are greatly appreciated. I have to do more research. I just don't want to grow up yet. Lol. Thanks everyone. Anymore suggestions. I'll take as many as I can get
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Have already posted this on another thread, but here's the info from a UK handbook.
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This was really helpful. Don't where u got it but very helpful. Thx
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Have already posted this on another thread, but here's the info from a UK handbook.
The UK jeeps have larger rotors and different safety standards allowing them to have a higher tow capacity
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:39 PM   #14
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Can order one from the uk. Lol
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he following chart provides the maximum trailer weight ratings towable for your given drivetrain.
Engine/Transmission
Axle
Model
GCWR (Gross Combined Wt. Rating)
Frontal Area
Max. GTW (Gross Trailer Wt.)
Max. Trailer Tongue Wt. (See Note)
3.6L/Manual
3.21
Two–Door Sport Model (4WD)
6,296 lbs (2 856 kg)
25 sq ft (2.32 sq m)
2,000 lbs (907 kg)
200 lbs (91 kg)
3.6L/Manual
3.73
Two–Door Sport Model (4WD)
6,296 lbs (2 856 kg)
25 sq ft (2.32 sq m)
2,000 lbs (907 kg)
200 lbs (91 kg)
3.6L/Automatic
3.21
Two–Door Sport Model (4WD)
6,309 lbs (2 862 kg)
25 sq ft (2.32 sq m)
2,000 lbs (907 kg)
200 lbs (91 kg)
3.6L/Automatic
3.73
Two–Door Sport Model (4WD)
6,309 lbs (2 862 kg)
25 sq ft (2.32 sq m)
2,000 lbs (907 kg)
200 lbs (91 kg)
3.6L/Manual
3.21
Two–Door Sahara Model (4WD)
6,355 lbs (2 883 kg)
25 sq ft (2.32 sq m)
2,000 lbs (907 kg)
200 lbs (91 kg)
3.6L/Manual
3.73
Two–Door Sahara Model (4WD)
6,355 lbs (2 883 kg)
25 sq ft (2.32 sq m)
2,000 lbs (907 kg)
200 lbs (91 kg)
3.6L/Automatic
3.21
Two–Door Sahara Model (4WD)
6,368 lbs (2 888 kg)
25 sq ft (2.32 sq m)
2,000 lbs (907 kg)
200 lbs (91 kg)
3.6L/Automatic
3.73
Two–Door Sahara Model (4WD)
6,368 lbs (2 888 kg)
25 sq ft (2.32 sq m)
2,000 lbs (907 kg)
200 lbs (91 kg)
3.6L/Manual
4.10
2–Door Rubicon Model (4WD)
6,445 lbs (2 923 kg)
25 sq ft (2.32 sq m)
2,000 lbs (907 kg)
200 lbs (91 kg)
3.6L/Automatic
3.73
Two–Door Rubicon Model (4WD)
6,458 lbs (2 929 kg)
25 sq ft (2.32 sq m)
2,000 lbs (907 kg)
200 lbs (91 kg)
3.6L/Automatic
4.10
Two–Door Rubicon Model (4WD)
6,458 lbs (2 929 kg)
25 sq ft (2.32 sq m)
2,000 lbs (907 kg)
200 lbs (91 kg)
3.6L/Manual
3.21
Four–Door Sport Model (4WD)
6,552 lbs (2 972 kg)
32 sq ft (2.97 sq m)
2,000 lbs (907 kg)
200 lbs (91 kg)
3.6L/Manual
3.73
Four–Door Sport Model (4WD)
8,052 lbs (3 652 kg)
32 sq ft (2.97 sq m)
3,500 lbs (1 587 kg)
350 lbs (159 kg)
3.6L/Automatic
3.21
Four–Door Sport Model (4WD)
6,566 lbs (2 978 kg)
32 sq ft (2.97 sq m)
2,000 lbs (907 kg)
200 lbs (91 kg)
3.6L/Automatic
3.73
Four–Door Sport Model (4WD)
8,066 lbs (3 659 kg)
32 sq ft (2.97 sq m)
3,500 lbs (1 587 kg)
350 lbs (159 kg)
3.6L/Manual
3.21
Four–Door Sahara Model (4WD)
6,768 lbs (3 070 kg)
32 sq ft (2.97 sq m)
2,000 lbs (907 kg)
200 lbs (91 kg)
3.6L/Manual
3.73
Four–Door Sahara Model (4WD)
8,268 lbs (3 750 kg)
32 sq ft (2.97 sq m)
3,500 lbs (1 587 kg)
350 lbs (159 kg)
3.6L/Automatic
3.21
Four–Door Sahara Model (4WD)
6,782 lbs (3 076 kg)
32 sq ft (2.97 sq m)
2,000 lbs (907 kg)
200 lbs (91 kg)
3.6L/Automatic
3.73
Four–Door Sahara Model (4WD)
8,282 lbs (3 757 kg)
32 sq ft (2.97 sq m)
3,500 lbs (1 587 kg)
350 lbs (159 kg)
3.6L/Manual
4.10
Four–Door Rubicon Model (4WD)
8,334 lbs (3 780 kg)
32 sq ft (2.97 sq m)
3,500 lbs (1 587 kg)
350 lbs (159 kg)
3.6L/Automatic
4.10
Four–Door Rubicon Model (4WD)
8,347 lbs (3 786 kg)
32 sq ft (2.97 sq m)
3,500 lbs (1 587 kg)
350 lbs (159 kg)
Refer to local laws for maximum trailer towing speeds.

NOTE: The trailer tongue weight must be considered as part of the combined weight of occupants and cargo (ie. the GVWR), and the GVWR should never exceed the weight referenced on the Tire and Loading Information placard. Refer to “Tire Safety Information” in “Starting and Operating” for further information.



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