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Old 02-15-2012, 06:42 PM   #1
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Question about Towing a Jeep

I plan on going to Florida from Oklahoma in the early summer. I'll drive my F-150 Super Crew, but I'd love to tow the YJ down there to use while I'm there. Does anyone tow their Jeep with a tow bar attached to the front bumper? Especially that far? Anything I need to do special? Should I trailer it instead? That would be expensive!

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Old 02-15-2012, 06:54 PM   #2
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I flat towed my Jeep to Orlando, Was not a problem, trans. case in n. drive in third, for 5sp. magnetic tail lights, just don't forget it's back there. others should chime in shortly, good luck..

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Old 02-15-2012, 07:02 PM   #3
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I've heard many war story's, but I've never had a problem. T case in neutral, trans in 4th, and magnetic lights.

I bought the currie tow shackles. I like them a lot. And because I'm a cheap @ss, I used a coupon at harbor freight and only paid like $50 for the tow bar. I'm really into metal fab, and it's good quality with good welds. Just heavier than the $300 bars.
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Old 02-15-2012, 07:17 PM   #4
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As stated above, I flat tow mine to Elk camp and back every year. About 200 miles round trip.
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Old 02-15-2012, 07:39 PM   #5
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Dabolt55, drive in 3rd? 3rd gear or just in Tow/Haul? BTW This is about 1000 miles round trip.
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Dabolt55, drive in 3rd? 3rd gear or just in Tow/Haul? BTW This is about 1000 miles round trip.
the jeeps trans, in third or in any gear really. sorry I did not clarify.
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An automatic would use park, just FYI
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:29 PM   #8
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I have a 5 speed manual so its just t-case in neutral + transmission in gear. But i understand if you have an auto there is a certain sequence you need to do the transfer case and park shift or something about doing it with the engine on or off. I forget, but it has something to do with the park pin falling out!
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:04 PM   #9
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It's manual, so no problem there. I thought the trans would be in neutral.
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:14 PM   #10
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neutral both

I towed my 94 YJ from MN to NM this fall, 1600+ miles. Flat towed, lights connected to YJ lights with diodes isolating lights from in-cab. However, I tow with both in neutral. That way, if the xfr case does drop into gear the transmission is still in neutral.

Some of the older vehicles had a problem with the output shafts/gears not throwing enough oil to keep lubed, but not the 231.

Just remember to be EXTREMELY careful and watchful if you have to back up at all.
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:20 PM   #11
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Also, you need to have your key in the ignition and have the steering wheel unlocked.
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Also, you need to have your key in the ignition and have the steering wheel unlocked.
True, that is important to have your key in and turn to release steering wheel only..
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Can I flat tow if I have power steering?
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Okay, another question.......I have a Smittybuilt "sewer pipe" style bumper. The shackles I find on line say they won't work with that bumper. I don't want to change bumpers and it is powdercoated so welding brackets to it will be a hassle. Any ideas?
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I don't know about that, maybe a special set up bracket? I purposely sought out a stock bumper set up just so I could tow it, that was my initial reason for the Jeep..Good luck I'm sure others will know...
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Okay, another question.......I have a Smittybuilt "sewer pipe" style bumper. The shackles I find on line say they won't work with that bumper. I don't want to change bumpers and it is powdercoated so welding brackets to it will be a hassle. Any ideas?
There is a place called "King Bolt" near my house. All they sell are nuts, bolts, heims, exc. find a shop like this and see if the have hardened steal u- bolts that will fit around your bumper. You will probably have to make custom brackets, similar to a leaf spring perch.
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Old 02-20-2012, 11:10 AM   #18
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Towed a 76 cj with just a tow bar with the jeep in neutral, along with the steering unlocked and that worked just fine.
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Old 02-20-2012, 11:38 AM   #19
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It's all been said, unlock steering and for me I go neutral transfer and same with my 5spd and I use a small bungee cord around the two shifters for a little more piece of mind.
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