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Old 03-27-2008, 09:15 PM   #1
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towing with a 4 cylinder

hello all, I'm trying to decide between the jk model vs. an older tj model and have found a nice tj with 4 a cylinder with 5 speed tranny that has been lifted and is running 33's but it has been regeared to 4.88 gearing, will I be able to pull a 4x8 trailer with 3 dirtbikes, gear and gas into the north georgia mountains or should I stick with the 6 cylinder?

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Old 03-27-2008, 09:28 PM   #2
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IMO, get the six cylinder, while the gearing is a major plus, a 4cyl, with 33's pulling a trailer through the mtn's is not exactly and ideal set up. I'm sure plenty of other will chime in about the ups and downs of towing with tj, but I won't get off on that, if you are gonna tow the trailer, def. go for the 6.

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Old 03-27-2008, 09:42 PM   #3
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i agree, it came with 4:11 gears stock, those gears almost bring that back to stock range with those tires, but 4 banger, stock would have trouble pulling anything up any hill, i've had both motors, go with the 4.0.
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I wouldnt go with either. Ive had both and pulled atv's, and motorcycles, and its horrible with both of them. I had 33s with the 4 and 32s with the 6.
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Old 03-27-2008, 10:29 PM   #5
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are the jk's any better suited for towing, with the zero interest going on right now that is the other option I was thinking of.....

remember I'm only towing about 1000 to 1500 pounds.....
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yeah but did u regear, what gears came stock, and what tranny did u have,
i would agree look for a 6 cyl engine and it will pull a lot better especially if regeard and especially if the manual

and the Jk's are better for the breaking and wheelbase, but not for power, its is a little more than the Tj's 6 cyl, but not noticable and defnitly not with only a thousand pounds
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I had a 4 cyl yj and a 4X8 trailer stock on 30s and it would not hold 5th on any incline let alone a hill..Only thing I ever pulled was a 330 trlr and 440 pound sport bike. It did fine in 4th but not very economical. Fine for short trips but I never went more than 50 miles with it when I lived in Colorado. For 1500 pounds, 4.88s and 33 will not do well.
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Old 03-27-2008, 10:49 PM   #8
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If I go with a TJ I'll look for a 6 cylinder, thanks for the replies.... I want to check out the JK's too, but from what I read the only way to get 2k pound tow capacity is the Rubi with 4.10's, the X which is all I could afford only comes with optional 3.73's and on the jeep website it's rated at 1000 pounds capacity.......
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If I go with a TJ I'll look for a 6 cylinder, thanks for the replies.... I want to check out the JK's too, but from what I read the only way to get 2k pound tow capacity is the Rubi with 4.10's, the X which is all I could afford only comes with optional 3.73's and on the jeep website it's rated at 1000 pounds capacity.......
The I6 can do way more than that. I did about 800 the other day with my 4banger and it wasn't too bad, although braking took a huge hit. I also have 33" tires and only 3.73 gears. For now.
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And btw, a stock TJ I4 is rated at 2k pounds, and a I6 is rated 2.5K pounds. I just checked the owner's manual.
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It will drag that wagon but it wont drag it like a 1/2ton truck would. I have a 4cyl. 4.88ed TJ on 33's and use it for a work horse. Be prepared to use 3rd and 4th almost exclusively, 5th on the down grades getting a running go for the next up grade. I have drug a 24' pontoon boat all over the place and once a bundle of railroad cross ties. Thats about 4k lbs with the wagon. You just have to have patience, and a masochistic streak.
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6 Cylinder, no need to even think about it. And don't think about MPG with the 4 it isn't any better than the 6, cause you're always in the throttle more.
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6 Cylinder, no need to even think about it. And don't think about MPG with the 4 it isn't any better than the 6, cause you're always in the throttle more.
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