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Old 12-11-2010, 12:43 PM   #1
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Trailer Sway Damping?

I'm shopping with intent to order a 2011 (might wait till 2012 *IF* the Jesus engine is confirmed) 2DOOR RUBICON 6speed manual with power windows & locks, heated seats ( ) , tint, connectivity group BUT I'm debating on ordering the tow group.

The tow group offered includes: Trailer Hitch Receiver, Trailer Sway Damping, Trailer Tow with 4-Pin Wiring Connector for their msrp of $270.

I have found the bolt-on hitch piece and harness on Ebay for $92 but am also open to using whatever is welded onto an aftermarket bumper should I elect to get one in the future.

My question regards the Trailer Sway Damping. If a Jeep is ordered without it, can it be easily added later? Is it just a 'sub-program' to the traction control or is it something harware-ish that needs to be added?

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I don't have it, so I don't know the answer from experience. However, I found the following in the 2010 manual:

"Trailer Sway Control (TSC). TSC uses sensors in the vehicle to recognize an excessively swaying trailer and will take the appropriate actions to attempt to stop the sway. The system may reduce engine power and apply the brake of the appropriate wheel(s) to counteract the sway of the trailer. TSC will become active automatically once an excessively swaying trailer is recognized. No driver action is required. . . . . When TSC is functioning, the 'ESP/TCS Indicator Light' will flash, the engine power may be reduced and you may feel the brakes being applied to individual wheels to attempt to stop the trailer from swaying."

Thus, it is indeed software-based. I'm not sure what extra hardware would be required--it plainly at least involves a number of sensors--but it sounds like the kind of thing that would be hard to do aftermarket.

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Actually got this from a Jeep Cherokee site but it is the same. Not sure if it works as good as they want you to think but if it does I would say it is worth it.

Trailer Sway Damping

What it Does:

Reduces trailer sway and improves handling in adverse towing conditions caused by crosswinds, traffic and improper weight distribution on the trailer
How it Works:

The system monitors the vehicle’s movement relative to the driver’s intended path and the vehicle yaw sensor recognizes sway

System applies brake pressure on one front wheel to counteract the yaw induced by the trailer and applies brake pressure to all four wheels to slow the vehicle

As the trailer sways to the other side of the vehicle, Trailer Sway Control will increase pressure to the opposite side of the vehicle

The system will continue to apply alternating brake pressure and reduce engine torque until the trailer is under control
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You need to check the specs on the jeep before you throw a hitch on it.. A 3.21 gear ratio will have a low max tow capability as compared to the proper one MEANT for towing.
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I'm shopping with intent to order a 2011 (might wait till 2012 *IF* the Jesus engine is confirmed) 2DOOR RUBICON 6speed manual with power windows & locks, heated seats ( ) , tint, connectivity group BUT I'm debating on ordering the tow group.

The tow group offered includes: Trailer Hitch Receiver, Trailer Sway Damping, Trailer Tow with 4-Pin Wiring Connector for their msrp of $270.

I have found the bolt-on hitch piece and harness on Ebay for $92 but am also open to using whatever is welded onto an aftermarket bumper should I elect to get one in the future.

My question regards the Trailer Sway Damping. If a Jeep is ordered without it, can it be easily added later? Is it just a 'sub-program' to the traction control or is it something harware-ish that needs to be added?

I bought a 2010 with the 3:73 upgrade and had the hitch and wiring added with the deal. I was informed that that the TSD is software and is on all of the Jeeps and is smart enough to know when you are towing.

I have since towed my 2 race (street) bikes, and all of my gear behind my 2dr sport with no issues.
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Jesus engine. LOL

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