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Old 10-17-2007, 09:47 PM   #1
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TJ Towing Capacity

Hi:
Does anyone happen to know the towing capacity of a 1999 Jeep Wrangler Sahara (no special modifictions).
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Old 10-17-2007, 09:56 PM   #2
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haha not much. around 2 grand?

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a 50CC dirt bike and a small trailer.
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From a post attributed to Jerry Bransford

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Here's some very factual information on this, I'm 'up' on towing probably as much as anyone around these newsgroups. It's true the TJ's rated capacity is only 2,000 lbs. The low 2000 lb rating has nothing to do with the TJ's power, strength, brakes, or anything else related to that. If the towing capacity were only based on those parameters, it would be rated near 5000 lbs since the Cherokee with the exact same engine and tranny/brakes is rated for 5000 lbs.

The 2000 lb limitation is strictly due to the TJ's short wheelbase. Anything heavier will 'take command' of the TJ/trailer combination when you're going down a twisty road and the first time you have to hit your brakes hard on a curve, you're in deep doo-doo. The short wheelbase can't resist the 'moment' (force) of the trailer trying to push the TJ's rear-end one way or the other and suddenly you've jack-knifed and in BIG trouble.

I've been towing for close to 30 years and towing with short-wheelbased vehicles should only be done if you abide by the towing limitations that were figured out by the engineers. By the way, I see Wranglers and VWs towing heavy loads, but that doesn't make the driver smart to do so!

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i dont wanna jack the post here but if i dont have a trailer receiver hitch on my cars is it easy to just put one on myself or should a pro do it?
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i dont wanna jack the post here but if i dont have a trailer receiver hitch on my cars is it easy to just put one on myself or should a pro do it?
Easy. 4 bolts and it's on.
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Old 10-18-2007, 03:20 PM   #9
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Hi:
Does anyone happen to know the towing capacity of a 1999 Jeep Wrangler Sahara (no special modifictions).
Thanks!!
FYI, if you plan to rent a trailer, U-Haul wont unless you have a hard top on the jeep. Not sure about other rental companies.
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Old 10-18-2007, 03:29 PM   #10
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Easy. 4 bolts and it's on.
hmmm mine has 6... wtf
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Old 10-18-2007, 06:46 PM   #11
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hmmm mine has 6... wtf
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Old 10-18-2007, 08:44 PM   #12
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here in europe we´re allowed to tow 4400 lbs with a TJ 4.0L, but with a 50 mph speed limit and only with trailers that have an anti sway feature and an own brake system.
with standard trailers we´re only allowed to tow 1750 lbs.
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Old 10-19-2007, 05:13 PM   #13
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2500 lbs with a 4.0L..... read the manual lol. I pull a 16' boat with my 2.5L..... cough; 30 mph in mountains; cough.
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2500 lbs with a 4.0L..... read the manual lol. I pull a 16' boat with my 2.5L..... cough; 30 mph in mountains; cough.
our european manuals and our car papers say that it´s allowed to tow a 2 tons (4400 lbs) trailer.
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Old 10-19-2007, 06:01 PM   #15
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hmm... I'm looking at mine right now, and it says 2,500 lbs
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but are you in germany?
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I dont think he is. Germans are crazy. Multiply everything by two and thats their standard!
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actually im amazed, it seems like all there rules are REALLY restrictive, yet they allow them to trailer those bigger loads, but if you notice the load is actaully smaller if it does not have its own brakes and has a speed limit
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Old 10-19-2007, 10:15 PM   #19
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I dont think he is. Germans are crazy. Multiply everything by two and thats their standard!
I am German though... and yes, we are crazy as hell.( Also Irish..... so I'm a crazy drunk Jeeper i guess)
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(Also Irish..... so I'm a crazy drunk Jeeper i guess)
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Old 10-21-2007, 11:56 AM   #21
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Old 10-22-2007, 01:17 AM   #22
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Oddly enough, Im the same mix only with a little polish and austrian thrown in as well.
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Old 10-22-2007, 01:24 AM   #23
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I bet i have some of that too.... I'm also 1/16 Indian(Not east Indian) and just about a little of everything except Asian, Hispanic and french.
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Old 10-22-2007, 10:55 AM   #24
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Well I guess we're all there I have a little of it all too Scotch,Irish,Mexican,Cheorkee indian (less than 1/16) But hey theres even some other stuff in there from waaaaay Back.

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