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Old 06-01-2008, 04:28 PM   #1
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Playing with the thought of flat towing my YJ behind a 94 s10 blazer on about a 7 hour trip. Blazer is a 4.3 L Auto with tow package and I think it's rated to tow around 5500 lbs. YJ weighs in a tad bit over 3K. Any thoughts? Am I thinking myself into some trouble here? I don't have a problem with the trip taking longer, having the take breaks, etc or the ride being a bit bumpy..just don't want to get into an unsafe situation.

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Old 06-02-2008, 11:28 PM   #2
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you will be fine. My family has towed with our 2000 Chevy Astro numerous times. The trailer was a 1997 Palomino pop weighing about 3000#. the Astro is basically the same vehicle, same engine and i believe very similar frames. in the van there was always 5 people, a dog and enough camping gear for about 2 weeks. The 4.3 is also a torquey beast and you shouldn't have a problem. Have fun =)

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Old 06-03-2008, 05:51 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply nvr. I've been going back and forth on whether to use this setup or not, but it's the best one given my circumstances. I also have an 01 Dakota, but it's only a 3.9, not as much torque and no tow package/hitch (tow bumper only). I've used it to tow the heep short distances but cringe at the thought of towing long distances with it, so a buddy offered me up to use his Blazer if I wanted.

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Old 06-03-2008, 10:18 PM   #4
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Are you planning on wheelin at your destination? Make sure you carry extra univ. joints and axle shafts.
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Old 06-04-2008, 07:09 AM   #5
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]Playing with the thought of flat towing my YJ

I did that and lost the rear drive shaft somewher in calif.

I also tore-up the muffler, cut a fuel line, and the cable for the speedomiter.

It bent the shaft that comes out of the back of the T-Case. broke the unit that covers the slip yoke.

Left part of the drive shaft U-joint attached to the rear end.

I did not know this happen until the end of the 150 mile trip.

Be very careful and read the tow instuctions ahead of time.

Boy did that hurt my wallet.
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Old 06-04-2008, 09:19 AM   #6
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How the heck did towing cause you to lose the drive shaft?
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yeah, howd you lose the drive shaft? and then not know till the end of your 150 mile trip!!
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Wow, now that's a war story. Did you leave your t-case engaged?

No, not planning on doing any wheeling...just moving to a new place.
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How the heck did towing cause you to lose the drive shaft?

I have no idea. Someone told me that the T-Case could have poped into gear when I hit a bump, or something????

All I really know is it cost a bundle to fix, and I didn,t know when it happen.

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