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Old 10-29-2010, 11:28 PM
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Hi all, got another new first time jeep owner here. Been thinking about getting one on and off now for a few years and finally made it happen. Bought this one for 1500 bucks, it's a 88 4.2L carb manual trans. Had a hard time finding any jeep for a reasonable price around here but this one seems like it will fit my needs. I didn't know anything about jeeps when I went to look at this one, but I have restored and am working on a couple of old mopar muscle cars so I did at least have some idea of the types of things to look for. Frame and floors are in decent shape on it, some surface rust but no real rot that I could find. Body is in decent shape but the windshield is cracked and the windshield frame is rusted so I think I will be replacing that whole assy with a quadratech kit. Previous owner told me he repainted it himself with rustoleum in his spray gun, however he didn't do a great job of it so I will be redoing the body and paint myself. Have some other mods planned, nothing too crazy.

Anyone know what these jeeps are rated to tow? I've got a 15' 90hp speedboat that weighs around 1500lbs or so including trailer balanced so there is literally zero tongue weight. But I have been thinking of upgrading to a little bit bigger/heavier boat, maybe an extra 500lbs or so but curious as to what these YJ's are rated at.

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Old 10-29-2010, 11:34 PM   #2
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I can't speak for YJs specifically, but my 4.0 TJ is rated for 2000 lbs I think. The Unlimited TJ is rated at 3500 with the same engine because of it's longer wheelbase You will want some tongue weight though or it will be really scary. Your current boat would be my absolue limit. It's the short wheelbase of the Wrangler that makes it dangerous to tow with.

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Old 10-30-2010, 12:02 AM
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Yeah my current boat has almost no tongue weight on it at all. I can pick up the trailer in front with one arm. But that's because it's a big motor for how tiny of a boat it is. During towing I usually move the gas tanks 11 gallons worth to the front of the boat to bring a little bit of weight up there. A larger boat will be heavier up front, and the trailers can usually be adjusted to sit the entire boat more forward on the trailer.
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Welcome u said you had a bunch of old mopars? what cars?
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Old 11-01-2010, 02:01 AM
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Right now I'm working on my 74 roadrunner. I'm in the process of building a fresh 440 and 4-sp for it. 74's aren't exactly the most popular year of roadrunner but I bought the car on the cheap 8 years ago and used it as my daily driver spring-fall until this summer when I decided to tear into it for an overhaul. Have some other toys for it like an aftermarket fuel injection system and a centrifugal supercharger. Hope to have that car ready for the spring. Want to get that one done so I can get the jeep in the garage to start working on it. Also helping my younger brother fix up his 66 Charger, also a 440 car. His will be a little more tame than mine, at least at first. Both are being setup as street/strip cars. Have another car just in long-term storage for the moment and have been forcing myself to not buy a 68-69 charger or a 70 roadrunner because I have too much stuff on my plate as it is.

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