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Old 10-06-2009, 06:11 PM   #1
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Towing a TJ from florida to Tucson

So I am towing my TJ from Florida to Tucson AZ on a dolley. Because its the cheapest way. The question is do I need to pull the Drive shafts or cant I just put the T-case in neutral and the 6 speed in Neutral and be good? And if I have to pull the shafts will I leak fluid from here to Tucson?

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Old 10-06-2009, 06:14 PM   #2
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Not sure on the 6spd.. I recal the 5spd is t-case N, 1st gear... Should be in your owners manual...

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Shift the transfer case into Neutral and be sure to put the transmission IN gear. Having the transmission in any forward gear while towing will do, you want to prevent it from turning while towing since it doesn't get any lubrication while flat towing. Tranny IN gear, t-case in Neutral. Unlock the ignition too to allow the front wheels to turn to follow the tow vehicle.
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your putting it on a dolly meaning front wheels off the ground rear wheels on correct? if so you MUST pull the rear shaft, that goes for any 4x4. you will not leak fluid when you pull the shaft because the slip yolk is external of the transfer case. you can even still drive the jeep in 4hi with the rear shaft removed. with the shaft out it doesnt matter what gear the trans and transfer case are in while towing just make sure the e-brake is off. i dont remember if you lock or unlock the steering when using a dolly, been a while but im sure someone else knows
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id say disconnect the drive shaft, seems like its alot safer that way. seems like leaving the tranny in gear could risk starting the jeep while ur towing it, kinda like hill starting a car.
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So I am towing my TJ from Florida to Tucson AZ on a dolley. Because its the cheapest way. The question is do I need to pull the Drive shafts or cant I just put the T-case in neutral and the 6 speed in Neutral and be good? And if I have to pull the shafts will I leak fluid from here to Tucson?
I towed my '02 Sahara behind a 34' motorhome for 1,500 miles at a stretch. When towing with a dolly it's called a Toad, but I preferred the FROG (Four Rolling On the Ground). Cost a lot less and you don't have to fool with the dolly. I used a $100 tow bar and made my lights from 2 cheap trailer lights attached to plank bungeed to my spare tire. I ran the wires in the back window, out the drivers window and behind the left hood latch.

If I stopped for the night I could unhitch the Jeep in 30 seconds and bungee the tow bar vertical for short trips. The only problem was, nobody made bolt on tow brackets for a '02 Wrangler at the time, I had to make my own. Picture shows the brackets. I romoved the bumper and welded 1/2" steel plate to the ends of the frame and that is what the brackets are bolted too.

You do not have to remove the drive shaft, transfer case in neutral and go with it. One reason RVers like Jeeps, they don't rack up tow milage on the odometer.
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your putting it on a dolly meaning front wheels off the ground rear wheels on correct? if so you MUST pull the rear shaft,
Whether the front tires are off the ground or it is being flat towed, there is no need to pull the rear driveshaft. Once again... the ONLY thing that needs to be done with a TJ is to shift the tranny into gear or park, shift the transfer case into Neutral, and unlock the ignition so the front wheels can follow the tow vehicle.

The rear driveshaft had to be pulled for CJs that had the Dana 300 transfer case for towing because it couldn't oil itself without the splasher paddle modification but that's not the case with the TJ.

There is NO (!!!) need to pull either driveshaft with a TJ. Absolutely not, none, nada.
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okily dokily(yes i really did say that), thats one of the things i like bout this forum, you learn something new every day
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Jerry, have you even READ the owners manual for his year Jeep? It states "Do not use a dolly" that means either flat tow or all 4 up, but if you do tow with a dolly you will have to disco the rear drive shaft.
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^ WOW umm your going to get hammered. If you can give a vaulable reason as to not dolly a jeep let me know and your answer better not be because the book says so. If you followed the book on everything you WOULD not find your way out of a paper bag. CATSKNR think next time before you go bashing somebody. Have a great day.
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^ WOW umm your going to get hammered. If you can give a vaulable reason as to not dolly a jeep let me know and your answer better not be because the book says so. If you followed the book on everything you WOULD not find your way out of a paper bag. CATSKNR think next time before you go bashing somebody. Have a great day.
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lets get back on topic kids... dont make me cut off the free bacon.
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Scobec- Jerry is right toss it in gear transfer case in nuetral your good to go.
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