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Unread 08-20-2013, 12:40 PM   #1
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increase towing capacity

i have a 95 YJ 4cyl 5spd. i want to tow a boat with it. normally we use my wifes suv, but when she is out of town i can't use my boat. i know there is no capacity rating for this jeep. what can be done to ensure safe towing of the boat? i am only 5 miles from the landing and the boat is 2300lbs including the trailer.

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Unread 08-20-2013, 12:42 PM   #2
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bigger brakes perhaps, but honestly I think your Jeep can tow that boat 5 miles without any issues. Just take it slow and easy.
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Unread 08-20-2013, 01:11 PM   #3
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My 95 is tow rated for 2000#, but it has the 4.0 with an automatic. I wouldn't bat an eyelash at 5 miles, like bogle said, take it easy.
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Unread 08-20-2013, 02:27 PM   #4
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We used to tow our 19 foot ski with an air cooled vw transporter with a 1.8 litre engine. We towed it four hours each way. I think if the vw could do it, the yj can do it
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Unread 08-20-2013, 02:44 PM   #5
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i have a 95 YJ 4cyl 5spd. i want to tow a boat with it. normally we use my wifes suv, but when she is out of town i can't use my boat. i know there is no capacity rating for this jeep. what can be done to ensure safe towing of the boat? i am only 5 miles from the landing and the boat is 2300lbs including the trailer.

Everyone is stating to go ahead and tow it. They do not know what they are talking about, no offence to anyone.

Your brakes cannot handle another 2300 pounds. If someone stops in front of you fast, you will slide into them.

My 6 cylinder labors with 2000 lbs. Your 4cyl will be much worse.

If you have a bumper ball it is only rated at a few hundred pounds. If you have a separate receiver like I do, then take a look at how thick your rear cross member is. I welded a 1/4 piece of steel across the rear cross member because it is so thin.

Do what you want but my advise is do not pull anything. If you do and I have. It will be one hairy ride.

Edit: I just noticed that you are in S.C. which is a little hilly. I was speaking of experience on flat roads. Add in hilly roads and forget it....
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Unread 08-20-2013, 03:11 PM   #6
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Pasinbuy, first I have never seen a "bumper ball" on a YJ, secondly I am not sure what kind of hitch you have, if it mounts to the rear crossmember I have no doubts that it is a hairy job to tow. My hitch mounts to the frame, and I have pulled 1500# without issue. I drive slower, pay way more attention to the roads and other drivers. I also replace my brakes well before they need it so I have no issues with that. I would hope the o.p. also does frequent maintenance on his brakes.
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Unread 08-20-2013, 03:33 PM   #7
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I have towed my jet ski around 400 miles round trip. 2.5l 5spd on 30 inch tires.

Not the best comparison, but it did fine.
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Unread 08-20-2013, 04:52 PM   #8
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I flat towed a 4-5k pound late 70s ford truck with a tow bar 10miles. Granted I have 4wheel 3/4ton discs and a longer wheelbase. But still the 4cly. Nobody died. It wasnt hairy.
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Unread 08-20-2013, 05:27 PM   #9
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I have pulled a 18 foot v6 boat with my 95 4.0 automatic to and from the local lake about 12 miles away. The Jeep can do it, it sure is a scary ride. Getting the darn thing to stop in a hurry is almost impossible. I would not advise it but I have done it. If it auto think of adding an aux tranny cooler.
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Unread 08-20-2013, 05:27 PM   #10
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Regardless of your modifications, if you are exceeding your 4300 GVWR, it's illegal. If there is a crash with lawyers involved, you're in trouble.
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Unread 08-20-2013, 10:11 PM   #11
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A 2000# tow rated hitch adds that much to the GVWR.
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Unread 08-20-2013, 11:07 PM   #12
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Regardless of your modifications, if you are exceeding your 4300 GVWR, it's illegal. If there is a crash with lawyers involved, you're in trouble.
Anytime you add a lawyer its trouble.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 01:07 AM   #13
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I'm going to get flamed for this again, but, our Jeeps are rated for 2000lbs towing. I take that as being your average utility type trailer, but with a decent hitch on the Jeep.
I routinely pull our 2500lb travel trailer with my Jeep and to do so I added a hidden hitch (bolts to frame not just the cross member) added an electric brake controller, and run a weight distributing style tow hitch in the receiver. Added to the "hard" parts, you have to throw in some common sense as well, if possible stick to side roads verses freeways (all roads here are side roads), leave plenty of stopping room between you and the car in front of you and don't forget to use extended towing mirrors so you can see behind you. Also, be sure to properly balance your load, no matter what you are using for a tow vehicle. Just for sh!ts and giggles I was looking through our owners manual for our 1998 Ford f150 supercab 4x4 with 5spd and 4.6l, turns out it's only rated for 1700 lbs towing. Yup that's a full 300lbs less than a YJ, and you see them towing all day everyday.
You will be breaking the law, but probably not as bad as the Kid texting behind the wheel or the soccer mom putting on make-up. or the fellow heading home after a few beers from the bar. Pick your poison, we all break laws to some degree.

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A 2000# tow rated hitch adds that much to the GVWR.
Um, ..... No, it just means the hitch is rated to 2000lbs, your brakes etc. still remain the same and most definitely will not stop a 4000lb trailer with no trailer brakes, not to mention keeping the front wheels on the ground.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 05:36 AM   #14
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i tow all the time with mine. sometimes a lot of weight, sometimes just plywood. i have towed other jeeps with no issues so i think if you are careful and know how to tow, you will be ok.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 05:41 AM   #15
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I tow my boat....maybe 1000 lbs....but in emergencies I've pulled car/trucks/jeeps. You find out real quick if your cooling system has any issues or your tranny needs a rebuild....just saying it can be tough on you jeep and your wallet.
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