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Old 10-17-2011, 12:15 PM   #1
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Towing with the JK

Hi Everyone,
I own a '07 JK with an automatic trans. I want to pull my bike in a motorcycle trailer to some warmer climates this winter. My scoot weighs in at ~<850#'s. The enclosed trailers I have seen to date weigh between 1220#'s and 1300#'s.
Does anyone on the forum have experience pulling a motorcycle with the JK? I believe the machine is rated for 2000#'s and I will be pushing that limit for sure.
So, I am just wondering what experience is out there towing with the JK.
Thank you very much!
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Old 10-17-2011, 12:17 PM   #2
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Make sure you have the proper gearing and a transmission cooler.

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Old 10-17-2011, 12:19 PM   #3
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LOTTA variables, whats your differential gear ratio, do you have an aux cooler for the auto, is your towing setup stock or after market, does the trailer have "inertial" brakes or electric--??

Can't say much, without those queations answered !

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Old 10-17-2011, 12:24 PM   #5
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Not sure about the tranny cooler, so I will add an aux cooler if it does not have a cooler already.
Towing setup will be aftermarket, I will purchase a class III hitch and wire it up myself
No brakes on the trailer, yet, I have yet to purchase the trailer but was not intending on braking it. electric brakes are a $300. option seems pretty reasonable and certainly a good idea. I think I just talked myself into adding the electric brakes.
Differential ratio? not sure, I will have to run the vin at the dealer and see what it is. So I will do that and get back.
Thank you Jimbo and Tom!
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Old 10-17-2011, 03:51 PM   #6
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braking.....cooling.....gearing......

PLUS......consider as light a trailer as possible if it's for your JK exclusively.

I've been towing a BUNCH around my place, but with the factory Bantam (tare 500#) by itself is like nothing is there.

Typically I do short firewood/home estate management debris....and a couple 50 mile tows with 1500# of compost. No problems yet but I've got a lot of experience too.

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To finish answering Jimbo's questions, she's got .410 gears. The trailer will be as light as I can get it, but since I want it enclosed it will weigh between ~1200-1500#'s. So I am looking at pulling between 2100 and maybe up to 2500#'s with the bike.
Jeeper Jake, I also have much experience pulling with other tow vehicles. But the Jeep is a totally new experience for me. Am I being too concerned about possibly overloading by 25%? Thanks
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Am I being too concerned about possibly overloading by 25%? Thanks
You should be very concerned.
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Old 10-18-2011, 12:51 PM   #9
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I'm a big fan of the Ultimate MX hauler.
Been using them for 5 years and never had any issues.
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I'm a big fan of the Ultimate MX hauler.
Been using them for 5 years and never had any issues.
Does that make your headlights point up a little? Isn't the tongue weight about 200#'s on a JK?
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I would try and find a way to keep it under 2,000 lbs if that is what the specification says. Mine is 3500 lbs and frequently haul 3000 lbs with it. With that much in tow, you will know it is back there. I've been to Florida and up to Maine from Massachusetts with absolutely no issues near the limit. I don't take unnecessary chances with it. When fully loaded in mountainous terrain, it does bog down. Minimally, I have been able to maintain 55 mph in 4th gear (standard) on the highway.
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Even with the actual tow-weight under control, the short wheel base magnifies those little twitches and meanders we all seem to have in just normal driving.

I wouldn't want to go on a long day's ride towing maximal weight in my JK, it would be a lot less fun. Perhaps doing the same haul with a JKU might be less driving effort.

I have limited patience these days with anything that detracts from JK enjoyment. I haven't had an overload on yet, to be able to make any statement about maximal towing for the JK. Towing right at 2000# over an hour + route home on mostly flat terrain was not unpleasant, if that helps any.
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JJ,

I would say that just about sums it up on the two door.
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Thanks everyone, I had not considered the effect of wheelbase on the tow load...Well, prolly either move to an open trailer or get a JKU! Looks like 2,000#'s is it and the trailer will be every bit of 1200#'s minimum plus my scoot. Thanks again...
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I was towing a small trailer filled with 5 Rubicon wheels and tires. All together probably under 1000 lbs. I hit a fairly large bump on a freeway entrance ramp and I could definitely feel the tail wagging the dog. Keep in mind that if you have 3.21 gears, you will only be rated for 1000lbs with the 2dr.

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Tom,
I do have 4.10 gears and I thought I had a capacity of 2000#'s but I will confirm that and definetly not go over the max. Don't need that pendulum action! Scary stuff.
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I'm a big fan of the Ultimate MX hauler.
Been using them for 5 years and never had any issues.
TrueNorth... I love the set up! Unfortunately, I just sold my WR250X to put toward the purchase of my new JK... Man this photo makes me wish I held on to it...
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I have a 6x12 aluminum, open utility trailer that I haul my polaris rzr on. That's about #1500 pounds behind a 2011 JKU Auto.

You will notice it big time. I went as light as possible, but this thing does not like long uphill pulls at all. Expect to go from 19mpg to about 11.

Jeeps are just not great tow vehicles in stock form. Add some gears, a performance tune, tranny cooler, etc. and I am sure it would be better.

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