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Unread 07-04-2011, 08:56 PM   #1
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Towing Capacity

Hello, im wonding if anybody knows the towing capacity of a 1987 jeep wrangler, automatic, 4.2 L, 6 cylinder.

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Unread 07-04-2011, 09:51 PM   #2
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ive towed both my wave runners and and empty car hauler used to hual the jeep but i too am wondering how far i can push it before i break something
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Unread 07-04-2011, 09:58 PM   #3
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Officially, YJ's have a 1 ton towing capacity (From the Stock Specs sticky).

A vehicle such as the YJ with short, kinda narrow wheelbase, with crappy factory brakes, and underpowered engines really don't lend themselves to towing much at all. Towing capacity increases slightly with a brake controller, but only if your YJ can get it going.
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Unread 07-04-2011, 11:18 PM   #4
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Yeah I wouldn't pull much more than a quad trailer (4x8 or so) with two atvs on it. Especially lifted on 35s.
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Unread 07-05-2011, 08:42 AM   #5
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2000 lbs is max. If you look at your hitch it may be less. The rear frame cross member is pretty light on the Yj. If your hitch is part of your bumper 2000 lbs may be a high number.

My Yj is all beefed up in the back with a very strong hitch. I recently pulled a 6 x 12 trailer empty and it was a bear to pull. BUT, the biggest thing to worry about as far as towing is stopping. Our Yjs brakes suck without pulling a trailer. With a trailer you need allot of road to stop.
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Unread 07-05-2011, 10:20 AM   #6
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ya my car hualer has surge brakes and is a twin axle so its a good size trailor how ever the twin axles make it a well balanced trralor so
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Unread 07-05-2011, 10:45 AM   #7
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Empty car trailer is fine (maybe a few pieces of furniture for moving), but don't put a car on it. You will have problems. That thing will push you around like crazy even when you're not braking.
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Unread 07-05-2011, 11:42 AM   #8
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I wouldn't tow a power wheels with a Wrangler.
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Unread 07-05-2011, 03:31 PM   #9
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Well now im worried lol. I got a 6x12 trailer, which was fine to pull empty, but my bf wants to put a side by side on it (Rhino) which will make it close to 2000 pounds, sounds sketchy lol
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Unread 07-05-2011, 03:47 PM   #10
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not sure about the 87, but the owners manual for an 88 gives 2000 as max. does not mention brakes but they wouldn't hurt.
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Unread 07-05-2011, 03:54 PM   #11
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i have hauled concrete and roofing shingles on mine and it sat the back on teh ground. i mean i had the trailer really loaded and to much on the tongue because my kids were throwing shingles in it also. i probably had that 2k limit pushed and the jeep was ok stopping and starting but since it tongue loaded, the trailer kept trying to steer. i think as long as you load balanced and are careful on your stopping room, you'll be fine with the rhino on it.

i actually haul lots of stuff with my trailer and jeep but i never weighed any of it. as long as you are smart about how you load and drive, you should be fine.
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Unread 07-05-2011, 05:18 PM   #12
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I have pulled trailers with 2 quads on it and I have pulled my 2300 lb popup camper also. One of the trailers would weave with 2 quads because it was an old trailer and had some play in a few key places. I would say go ahead and pull this, but the first time out be very aware until you know how it pulls. How your Rhino is loaded will also have an effect on how it trails. With about 2000 lbs total you want to keep the Rhino slightly ahead of center so you have about 100 to 150 lbs of tongue weight. A perfectly balanced, or worse yet, rear weighted trailer will pull like crapola. Try it out on a lightly travelled road at a safe speed and see what you have.

Just looked it up and the "experts" recommend 9-15% of gross trailer weight for tongue weight. If you are indeed at 2000lbs, 10% would be 200 lbs so my first statement was a little light.
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Unread 07-05-2011, 05:41 PM   #13
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id load it up and then take it for a pull around the block or around your house and see how the jeep handles.
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Unread 07-05-2011, 07:27 PM   #14
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i pulled a 8'x6' dump trailer (2000lbs) with just about 2000 lbs of rock in it. On the scale leaving the rock plant, i was at 4147lbs. i still have my weight ticket. I also have trailor brakes wired into my jeep... idk why but it was there when i bought it so i use it

BUT i also have replaced the rear factory 'tin' cross member and have a built in hitch into my bumper and into the rear 2x4 x 3/16 that i replaced the factory 'tin' with...
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Unread 07-06-2011, 06:39 PM   #15
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thanks guys! good tips. we took it out yesterday and it was fine, the rhino was loaded properly and it wasnt hard on the engine, steering was fine and so was breaking. so all good. ill still be careful driving it tho and take it easy just in case lol.
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