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Unread 08-25-2012, 08:05 AM   #1
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Lockout hubs

I have a 1995 Jeep wrangler that I am setting up to tow behind a camper. Is it advisable to install lock out hubs on the front wheels or is just shifting the transfer case into neutral OK? I have the 2.5 engine with a standard transmission.

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Unread 08-25-2012, 08:15 AM   #2
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Put your transfer case in neutral and transmission in 5th and pull away. lockouts would not hurt but are awful expensive, if you were really worried about it you could pull the driveshaft.
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Unread 08-25-2012, 09:11 AM   #3
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I am curious as to why you put the trans in 5th? I would think both in neutral would be fine.

I do agree locking hubs are too expensive for what you're doing. Think of it this way(in reference to front driveline) if you drove the jeep on this trip instead of towing it would have the same effect on the front drive. Either way the front axle will be free to spin due to the vac disco. Drive or tow the front is in neutral and would act the same regardless. No worries there.
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Here's some good reading.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/t...plate-1076065/
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The idea with putting the transmission in gear (Park in an automatic) for flat towing is because you don't want the transmission internals spinning without lubrication. This is mainly an issue only with automatics, where the pump is driven from the input shaft.

If you're going to be flat towing really long distances, I would go as far as removing the driveshafts and just letting the axles free wheel with the least amount of load, and zero wear on your transmission and/or transfer case.
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Unread 08-25-2012, 12:32 PM   #7
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Putting it in 5th has to do with the transfer case possibly causing the transmission output shaft to turn if the transmission is in neutral starving the trans for lubrication, here is a thread discussing it.
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f104/...92/index2.html
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