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Old 06-03-2013, 09:34 AM   #1
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Question Towing My YJ

So I want to pull my 1988 YJ to our cabin for the first time. The reason I'm pulling instead of driving is because it has the 2.5L and over sized tires so its max speed is 55 mph. A normal trip to our cabin takes 3 hours. So driving my jeep would take more than 4 hours. So my idea is to trailer it. My first option would be to dolly it with a uhaul dolly that you put the front two tires off the ground and pull. My other option would be to trailer it on a flat trailer from uhaul. Which one would you suggest, or is there a different way you would get it to a final destination you wouldn't want to drive it? The pictures I attached are of the dolly, flat trailer, and my jeep I'm pulling. Thanks for the opinion!!
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Old 06-03-2013, 09:55 AM   #2
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I own an 88 yj with the 2.5 as well with over size tires. When i go on a road trip that is too long for me to drive it, i always use the dolly from Uhaul that you just put the front tires on. It works perfectly fine and is a tad cheaper!

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Old 06-03-2013, 10:19 AM   #3
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Depending on how much you tow, a tow bar set up would work the best.
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:19 AM   #4
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It is my understanding that you are supposed to tow it either on a trailer or all four tires...
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So I want to pull my 1988 YJ to our cabin for the first time. The reason I'm pulling instead of driving is because it has the 2.5L and over sized tires so its max speed is 55 mph. A normal trip to our cabin takes 3 hours. So driving my jeep would take more than 4 hours. So my idea is to trailer it. My first option would be to dolly it with a uhaul dolly that you put the front two tires off the ground and pull. My other option would be to trailer it on a flat trailer from uhaul. Which one would you suggest, or is there a different way you would get it to a final destination you wouldn't want to drive it? The pictures I attached are of the dolly, flat trailer, and my jeep I'm pulling. Thanks for the opinion!!
I would either recommend the trailer or flat towing it with a tow bar. If you're going to use the tow dolly, you can back on it it and pull the front drive shaft. That way the front wheels can turn but the t-case and trans won't be engaged.

If you're going to flat tow it with a Tow Bar, then put the t-case in neutral and the transmission in park or in gear if it's a manual. This will keep the tranny lubed while its moving down the road and prevent damage.

Hope this helps!

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I would either recommend the trailer or flat towing it with a tow bar. If you're going to use the tow dolly, you can back on it it and pull the front drive shaft. That way the front wheels can turn but the t-case and trans won't be engaged.

If you're going to flat tow it with a Tow Bar, then put the t-case in neutral and the transmission in park or in gear if it's a manual. This will keep the tranny lubed while its moving down the road and prevent damage.

Hope this helps!

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Bingo!!!!! Excellent advice.
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Old 06-03-2013, 02:24 PM   #7
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So if I back it onto a dolly, how hard is it to pull the front drive shaft? I've never done anything like that before and am not sure of the work that needs to be done to take it off and put it back on. Any special tools?
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4 small bolts on each end of the shaft, very easy. Id just flat tow it tho
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I would flat tow it but I don't have the equipment to flat tow it. Can you rent that equipment somewhere or would I have to buy it?
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You can go to a parts store or tractor/farm type store and get a tow bar with the brackets that mount to the bumper. That is what I did and then get a trailer type flat plug and wire your truck lighting system to the jeeps tail lights.
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:44 AM   #11
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I own an 88 yj with the 2.5 as well with over size tires. When i go on a road trip that is too long for me to drive it, i always use the dolly from Uhaul that you just put the front tires on. It works perfectly fine and is a tad cheaper!
Back to the dolly idea, I have one more question. Instead of pulling the front drive shaft and backing the jeep on to the dolly, could I pull the rear drive shaft and pull the jeep on forwards onto the dolly? I have a dolly reserved from uhaul already for this Friday so i'm definitely going with the dolly idea. That is if the jeep fits on the dolly with the tires I have on it. Austin, what size tires do you run when you pull your jeep on the dolly? Curious on how it fit on the dolly.

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Back to the dolly idea, I have one more question. Instead of pulling the front drive shaft and backing the jeep on to the dolly, could I pull the rear drive shaft and pull the jeep on forwards onto the dolly? I have a dolly reserved from uhaul already for this Friday so i'm definitely going with the dolly idea. That is if the jeep fits on the dolly with the tires I have on it. Austin, what size tires do you run when you pull your jeep on the dolly? Curious on how it fit on the dolly.

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Well I've used a U-Haul trailer, not the dolly with my YJ and had to air the tires down/use other straps because the 33x12.50's were too big for the straps that come with the trailer.

As for pulling the rear drive shaft over the front, there's no reason that wouldn't work. As long as you're isolating the axle form the rest of the drivetrain you'll be fine.

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Problem with pulling the rear drive shaft is the fluid from the t-case will leak out the tail housing UNLESS you are SYE. You would need to make sure to plug the t-case if not SYE.
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Back to the dolly idea, I have one more question. Instead of pulling the front drive shaft and backing the jeep on to the dolly, could I pull the rear drive shaft and pull the jeep on forwards onto the dolly? I have a dolly reserved from uhaul already for this Friday so i'm definitely going with the dolly idea. That is if the jeep fits on the dolly with the tires I have on it. Austin, what size tires do you run when you pull your jeep on the dolly? Curious on how it fit on the dolly.

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You shouldn't need to pull the driveshaft, pull jeep on dolly and strap it down. Put transfer case in neutral and transmission in gear, should be just like flat towing.
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Check with U haul you can buy a simple tow bar setup for a jeep for not much more than you can rent a dolly. I always buy something when the cost to rent is close to purchase price.
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So why will the tcAse housing leak if you flat tow? The reason I ask is because I flat towed mine 93 4.0 and now it looks to be leaking from the shaft and u joint
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So why will the tcAse housing leak if you flat tow? The reason I ask is because I flat towed mine 93 4.0 and now it looks to be leaking from the shaft and u joint
The t-case will leak if you pull the rear driveshaft and don't have an SYE. The tail housing is basically opened once you take the rear drive shaft off because of the slip yoke design.

If you're flat towing, you shouldn't have to remove the D/S, just put the t-case in N and the tranny in gear or park. OP was planning on using a tow odlly and I recommended pulling the front D/S and backing the Jeep onto the dolly. That way the axle that will be spinning is isolated from the rest of the drive line. He asked about pulling the rear D/S instead of the front.

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