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Old 09-10-2010, 11:43 AM   #1
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Will a 4 cylinder be able to ......

pull a jetski / waverunner up a boat ramp, out of the water? I would hate to find out to late that it can't do it. We have two Wranglers in the family, 1 is a automatic, and 1 is a manual. Would one be better the the other?

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Old 09-10-2010, 02:35 PM   #2
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pull a jetski / waverunner up a boat ramp, out of the water? I would hate to find out to late that it can't do it. We have two Wranglers in the family, 1 is a automatic, and 1 is a manual. Would one be better the the other?

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Your 4 banger should do that task just fine. If you drop down to 4lo you should have plenty torque which will make it a lot easier on your jeep.

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But if it is a concrete boat ramp don't turn while you are in 4 lo. You could do some damage on a hard top surface. Otherwise you should be fine. Towing capacity is officially 1000 lbs on the 'ole 4 gerbil engine so you should be well under that.
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You should be fine on concrete as long as you ain't turning the wheels deep. I've been on enough boat ramps to know. Ever been to the lake and watch a truck pull a big boat out of the water and start to spin tires, they often drop to 4 lo for added traction just so they can get the thing out. Ramps are usually slippery, covered in dust and gravel so you will normally get some slippage.
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You should be fine on concrete as long as you ain't turning the wheels deep.
That's all I was trying to say. Don't wanna start turning all over the place and driving it like normal if there is no slipping. That's all.
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