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Unread 08-14-2002, 08:11 PM   #1
GrantMLS
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Towing

Got an 1988 4.0L Auto 4x4 jeep with around 175,000 miles on it. (just figured out it gets 17.5 mpg!) I currenly pull my race bike on an open 4x8 trailer but am about to purchase a 5x8 enclosed trailer. The trailer weighs 840lbs and bike with tools weighs around 400lbs. Is this gonna be a problem on long pulls? OR just keep a good steady pull? I have a bigger thens tock Radiator and a replacement trans cooler.

anyone else tow with an older Jeep?

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Unread 08-14-2002, 09:57 PM   #2
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The Cherokee with 4.0 and auto with a trans cooler and class 3 hitch can tow 5000 pounds. Even with a lighter hitch you should have no trouble at all. Just be sure your brakes are tip top.
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Unread 08-14-2002, 11:25 PM   #3
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depending on how far you drive, or how hot your area is, you may want to convert the closed cooling system.
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Unread 08-15-2002, 01:10 PM   #4
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Also make sure your rear differential fluid is in good shape! The added load of a trailer really punishes the diff. The Trans. cooler is a good investment. Make sure the rear suspension and shocks are in good shape too. All pretty basic stuff, but make a huge difference!
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Unread 08-18-2002, 08:38 PM   #5
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thanks for all the tips. I am just fixing my oil leaks, changing out all the fluids and I will be going to pick it up. Also going and installing new shocks.
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