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post #1 of 23 Old 02-16-2013, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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Towing a car with a ZJ? Possible? 5.2

Okay so i got my ZJ with a 5.2, Dana 40 rear end, and transmission and t-case i dont know, but I'm wondering can i tow my Trans Am for about 7/8 miles?

It's a short distance into town cause the TAs tranny pooped on me in November and going to have plenty of cash saved up by late march to get a nice new setup. SO the shop isn't far like 7ish miles if that, but if i remember right the door says 4,400 max towing weight i belive? and the car ways 3,400. No way i can use a car dolley casue the trans is locked up and wont even roll in the driveway. SO i need a flatbed trailer and i know one i may be able to borrow buit it weighs like 2,000-2,200 pounds so total of 5400-5600.

Toungue wieght i dont know, but do you think that's possible? I'm going to continue to look for another trailer but im not sure of what I'll find.

Also I'm going to have to do 55MPH on a highway, then after that its 25MPH. I know its gonna destroy my mileage worse too.

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post #2 of 23 Old 02-17-2013, 01:14 AM
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I pulled my log Cj5 to Mexico and back with my '00 Tacoma I had at the time. It really pushed me around. Would even start to push the rear end out going around corners.

As far as a dolly goes, pull the driveshaft and it will roll
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For something like that I would call a tow truck.
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Yaa didnt think of pulling the drive shaft. Might do that but still would have to see if it could fit up being so low.

The reason im trying to get around having it towed is cause its 7 miles. To tow it on a flat bed is $275!! Thats really outrageous
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My buddy pulls his rock crawler with his 97 zj 4.0 (7in lift, 33s) from time to time. It's not the best tow rig by any means, but it works. We've went on wheeling trips an hour away and it does fine. I honestly wouldn't think twice about pulling a car 8 miles up the road.
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Rear end is either a Dana 35 or Dana 44a fwiw. Either way tow rating is 6500#, when properly equipped. Balance the load properly, make sure whatever trailer you use has brakes and take it slow. I think a tow truck is a better and possibly cheaper option though
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The one trailer im looming at would have brakes, but I need some special unit in my zj wouldnt I?
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The one trailer im looming at would have brakes, but I need some special unit in my zj wouldnt I?
Depends on the brake type. A lot of smaller trailers just have surge brakes that don't need a controller.
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Depends on the brake type. A lot of smaller trailers just have surge brakes that don't need a controller.
No car hauler you should ever use should has surge brakes. The only ones I have seen are the crappy uhaul ones, and I would avoid it like the plague.

Call a Tow Truck or find a friend with AAA.

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post #10 of 23 Old 02-18-2013, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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Yaa I guess i just gotta see what im dealt when it gets closer. And flatbed towtrucks are expensive and a car hauler where you drive it up depends on if it rolls
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Ive towed my z28 to the dragstrip plenty behind a 98 5.2 80 miles round trip plenty of times. Just do it, don't waste money on a Damn tow truck.
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Ive towed my z28 to the dragstrip plenty behind a 98 5.2 80 miles round trip plenty of times. Just do it, don't waste money on a Damn tow truck.
Exactly what I was Trying to say. If you have the vehicle, and have the access to the trailer, and just a little bit of common driving sense, you will be just fine. Leave plenty of stopping distance, don't get in a hurry, and be done with it.
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RooK87: what kind of trailer did u use? Flat hauler or dolley?
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This is my trailer.. just now my Dakota is the tow rig
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post #15 of 23 Old 02-19-2013, 08:06 AM
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But my old 5.2 and 4.0 zj's both had turns pulling this trailer many miles
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