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Unread 01-25-2011, 02:44 PM   #1
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Ok to flat tow with lockers front and rear?

Ok guys after searching through 12 pages of threads about flat towing i could not find anything that fit my situation. I have flat towed my previous TJ but my new to me TJ is setup a little different. My 97 tj has 35in tires, a detroit locker in the rear, true track lunch box locker in the front, and a Teraflex 4:1 on the transfercase. I have read that it is ok to flat tow with lockers and i have read that the front wheels will not follow right. Does anyone have a final answer on this? I know that a trailer would be better for towing but i only tow one time every year so buying a trailer does not make sense. Does anyone have a final answer to this question for me?

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Unread 01-25-2011, 06:33 PM   #2
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Ok guys after searching through 12 pages of threads about flat towing i could not find anything that fit my situation. I have flat towed my previous TJ but my new to me TJ is setup a little different. My 97 tj has 35in tires, a detroit locker in the rear, true track lunch box locker in the front, and a Teraflex 4:1 on the transfercase. I have read that it is ok to flat tow with lockers and i have read that the front wheels will not follow right. Does anyone have a final answer on this? I know that a trailer would be better for towing but i only tow one time every year so buying a trailer does not make sense. Does anyone have a final answer to this question for me?

Thanks,

jw
the lunchbox will cause issues. I know this is a smartass answer, but if you only tow once a year, just beg, borrow, or rent a trailer
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Unread 01-25-2011, 06:52 PM   #3
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By issues do you mean with the wheels turning correctly or is there something else i am missing?

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Unread 01-25-2011, 07:36 PM   #4
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I admit, I am pretty much spoiled as to trailering, and have always trailered my jeep(s). and regardless of the problems you may have with lockers, etc, I would still trailer just for tire wear reason.

With running Goodyear MTR with kevlar tires, (I run BFG MK2s) who wants to wear out those wonderful EXPENSIVE tires on pavement. Cost of buying one set of tires would buy you a good used trailer.

IMO, For once a year, I would rent a trailer, save the tires, and not even worry about all the other problems you will have with flat towing.
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Unread 01-25-2011, 08:03 PM   #5
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Before going on my hunting trip last year i priced renting a car hauler from the local uhaul, i think the total was going to be over $800 for 3 days. I laughed my way all the way out the door. I will have to do some checking and see if i can find someone else to rent from. Maybe i can post an ad on my local Craigslist to rent from someone that just has a trailer sitting in their yard.

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Unread 01-25-2011, 08:15 PM   #6
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Trutrac is not a lunchbox locker btw... It is an LSD.
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Unread 01-26-2011, 06:00 AM   #7
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I just checked and i have a full case detroit in the rear and a detroit EZ locker in the front.


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Unread 02-26-2011, 12:39 PM   #8
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I have an ARB out back and a Detroit EZ Up front. when I flat tow my YJ I just disconnect both driveshafts. I disco the front shaft from the axle and bag and tape the ujoint so I dont lose the caps, then just bungie it up to the frame rail. rear I also disconnect just from the axle flange and zip tie up out of the way. Its worked well for me so far though im not sure about running with a full time locker in the back.
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Unread 02-26-2011, 04:43 PM   #9
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My trip is in May so i have not had a chance to hook up my jeep and try to flat tow it yet.

i will have to try it to see how it works. I will have to go easy down the street i guess to see if i hear any grinding, haha.

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Unread 02-28-2011, 01:33 PM   #10
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yeah best thing to do is to go ahead and hook it up and try towing it around town a little bit. that'll give you a feel for how it will tow and any issues you may have
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Unread 03-01-2011, 09:29 AM   #11
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I have a similar setup to you, and the exact locker in the front. I have flat towed mine thousands of miles with no issue. Just remember to unlock the steering wheel and keep the towbar level so it will track correctly.

Sorta off topic, but in regards to wearing out the MTR/K, I have about 12,000 miles on my mine and many people have commented that they look new. Now if they were boggers or something I would not recommend flat towing with them.
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Unread 03-01-2011, 09:52 AM   #12
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I am not worried about putting the extra miles on the tires I will only tow one time a year and it is about 600 miles round trip. Not a big chunk out of the life of my tires. If i was towing once a month i would break down and buy a bigger truck and a car hauler trailer for sure.

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Unread 03-01-2011, 07:28 PM   #13
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Going 600 miles I would take the time to disconnect the driveshafts from the axle, even though it is not necessary. I have never done it, but my trips are only about 200 miles and I am lazy.
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Unread 09-24-2013, 08:35 AM   #14
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I'd like some guidance on my setup as well, as I haven't found guidance for mine either. Dana 30 with ARB air locker in front, Dana 35 with Detroit locker in back.
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Unread 09-24-2013, 10:31 AM   #15
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I flat towed my TJ a couple of years ago, at the time it had an Aussie Locker in the front. It was about 2,700 miles total and I didn't have any issues what so ever. Having said that though, I will never flat tow that far again, even with no issues. That preference is mainly for saving the tires, as mentioned above. Other times I have borrowed a trailer and even rented one once. Even though the rental was reasonable, $200 for four days, I may just use the $200 as a down payment for one and just buy it. Fortunately I have a place to store one, which is not always the case for everyone and that adds more cost.

Bottom line to answer your question, I had zero issues flat towing with a locker as they operate as they do when driving it and allow the outside tire to turn faster when cornering. Just be careful where you go into as you can't back up safely while flat towing.
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