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Unread 05-28-2011, 11:52 AM   #1
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Towing jeep behind truck

I have a last minute move and I have to tow my 93 wrangler 6cyl manual transmission jeep from PA to Il. No time to get a tow bar. had to get a dolly. I've read a million different opinions re disconnecting rear drive shaft or transfer case in Neutral and tranny in gear. Just want to hear from people who have done it and how they did it.

Also maybe a basic stupid question but if I load it on the dolly and then put the transfer case in N will it go into neutral after I start pulling it on the trailer?

If I disconnect the drive shaft I would just remove the four bolt holding the straps by the rear dif. I could then tie it up and not completely remove it. when in illinois just put four bolts back in and go or do I need to do something else?

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Unread 05-28-2011, 12:03 PM   #2
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The rear driveshaft will pull out once you remove the bolts on the rear u-joint. This will spill all of your t-case fluid though. If you want the peace of mind just drain the t-case and pull teh shaft.

Personally I would just put it in neutral and go. But I've heard a story about someone who did that and the t-case shifter somehow shifted into gear and caused some damage. But I think that would be pretty rare.
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Unread 05-28-2011, 12:06 PM   #3
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I did a quick search for you, I printed "towing my Yj". The search is your friend. Here is one that I received: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/t...my-yj-1075515/

If you would like more info, use the search. We are glad to help.

Also, please fill out your profile for future help. Welcome to the YJ Forum.
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Unread 05-28-2011, 12:08 PM   #4
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The rear driveshaft will pull out once you remove the bolts on the rear u-joint. This will spill all of your t-case fluid though. If you want the peace of mind just drain the t-case and pull teh shaft.

Personally I would just put it in neutral and go. But I've heard a story about someone who did that and the t-case shifter somehow shifted into gear and caused some damage. But I think that would be pretty rare.
I believe that he did not put it in the proper position. The shifter did not move by magic. Sorry Newbie.
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Unread 05-28-2011, 12:17 PM   #5
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I believe that he did not put it in the proper position. The shifter did not move by magic. Sorry Newbie.
I agree 100%, that's why I said that I would personally just put the t-case in neutral and go. But not everyone would agree.

But yes, it seems like that story was operator error to me.
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Unread 05-28-2011, 12:25 PM   #6
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Absolutely go by passinby's link there, pay attention to Max's post, straight from the manual, it's something alot of people overlook
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Unread 05-28-2011, 01:21 PM   #7
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Yup, thats the way. I flat tow mine auto trans in park TC in nutral, probably 15,000 miles or more towed now

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Unread 05-28-2011, 02:38 PM   #8
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I flat tow my jeep as well and noticed that the t-case neutral locks both driveshafts together. This is fine if you flat tow, but if the front is on a dolly, that sounds like it could be an issue... Unless perhaps you still have an open front diff and still have the vacuum disconnect.
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Unread 05-28-2011, 03:01 PM   #9
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You must pull one of the shafts. With the transfer case in neutral, the front & rear driveshafts are "locked" together, as YJs do not have a "true neutral" transfer case position. if you attempt to tow it on a dolly as you describe, the front tires will turn.

Removing the rear driveshaft will spill your fluid. I would suggest pulling the front shaft at the transfer case. Then with the transfer case in neutral the front yoke can spin all it wants to & no fluid will be lost.

Regardless of what you decide to do, the transmission must be left in gear if the rear driveshaft is installed.

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Unread 05-28-2011, 06:04 PM   #10
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Disconnect rear u-joint and wire up drive line so can't slide out of trasnfer case. I drove tow truck for 9 years and thats what the manufacturer recommended. Hope this helps.
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Unread 05-31-2011, 01:54 PM   #11
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Thanks for the replies. I did do a search and the threads I found were exactly how this one ended up. Some replies say you should or HAVE do it this way, others said you should or HAVE to do it another way. I was hoping for a definitive reply... For anyone one who come across this thread in the future.... I towed my jeep on a dolly, TC in neutral, Transmission in gear. No problems. drove around for a bit after reaching my destination and everything works fine. Able to switch 4wd/2wd without any problems.
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Another quick question! I am going to be flat towing my jeep in a couple months.

I have a spool in the Rear and an Aussie Locke in front. Will i have any problems with this? I don't plan on/want to disconnect drive shafts.
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Unread 06-05-2011, 08:23 PM   #13
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You will have a problem with the Aussie locker
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Unread 06-05-2011, 08:28 PM   #14
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You will have a problem with the Aussie locker
why????
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Unread 06-05-2011, 08:38 PM   #15
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Its an automatic locker, meaning it is not open. It will try to spin your front tires with the front driveshaft spinning. The reason the OP didnt have any problems is because he has an open front diff. An open front diff will allow the CAD side if the differential take all the motion in the front axle and allow the drivers side (solid axle shaft) to stay motionless.
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