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Old 06-11-2015, 04:52 PM
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2008 Sahara 3.8l 4wd manual- towing loads?

This is the 3.8l V6 engine, with a 3.73 gearing ratio.

Comes with a Class II hitch with a 7 pin connector.

Can it handle a 3500 pound toy hauler, assuming a 350 tongue load?

What about connecting up the brakes?

Thanks in advance.

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You're in the YJ forum. The JK forum is over there.

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You're in the YJ forum. The JK forum is over there.
This man makes a very good point.
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All I know is my yj and I am sure I would die if I tryed towing 3500 pounds. I would think 2 door or 4 door would be worth knowing seeing is I am sure there is a big weight difference. I own a 2002 grand Cherokee and still think with that even with a tow package on it would be sketchy.
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Wrong forum, but....

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This is the 3.8l V6 engine, with a 3.73 gearing ratio.

Comes with a Class II hitch with a 7 pin connector.

Can it handle a 3500 pound toy hauler, assuming a 350 tongue load?

What about connecting up the brakes?

Thanks in advance.
Short answer - NO.

The JK with 3.73:1 and six speed is rated for 2,000 lbs towing max. Besides, the short wheel base is not ideal for hauling longer loads like RV's. As far as brakes, anything over 2,000 lbs (1,500 some states) are required to have their own brakes, so yes, you'd have to install a brake controller. In many cases, newer vehicles are plug-and-play installation. The least expensive option is a time-based controller. They are adequate if you spend time setting them up and are diligent about resetting them for changing road conditions.
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