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Unread 03-17-2014, 10:14 PM   #1
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Towing the yj

I've heard that towing can damage gears as the pinion works into the backside of the ring teeth. I tow my jeep everywhere now - no trailer yet. Is this right or is it a complete fantasy designed by my zukie fondling brother to make me question my process?

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Unread 03-17-2014, 10:22 PM   #2
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never heard of a problem like that in 30 years.
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Unread 03-17-2014, 10:24 PM   #3
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Assuming it is stock, you can flat tow it (4 wheels on ground) with transfer case in neutral and transmission in 5th gear. Have it in 2wd, then turn it off, then put the transfer case in neutral. Then put it in 5th gear and start it to make sure the transfer case is really in neutral. Make sure the steering is unlocked. Then tow away.

Don't listen to the people who say you have to unhook drive shafts, it isn't necessary.
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Unread 03-18-2014, 01:34 AM   #4
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It is necessary to unhook the shafts if you are running full time lockers in the axles. I have an ARB out back but I always unhook the shaft for the rear anyway.
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Unread 03-18-2014, 05:47 AM   #5
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It is necessary to unhook the shafts if you are running full time lockers in the axles. I have an ARB out back but I always unhook the shaft for the rear anyway.
I recently put in a true neutral plate from a '97-99 TJ or XJ. It disengages everything unlike the stock mode selector plate.

OP, listen to these jeep guys and not your Zuki brother.
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Unread 03-18-2014, 07:59 PM   #6
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Dumb newbie question, why tranny in 5th and not neutral?
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Unread 03-18-2014, 09:10 PM   #7
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Dumb newbie question, why tranny in 5th and not neutral?
The oil slinger in the tcase rotates enough to turn the output shaft in the transmission which is lubricated when the input shaft spins from the engine running. Putting the transmission in 5th holds the gears still keeping the trans bearings safe.

5th gear is used *incase* the tcase slips into gear, so hwy speeds won't do as much damage to your engine and transmission.
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Unread 03-18-2014, 10:05 PM   #8
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Whoa - I hate to admit I've towed it 3 times by just putting it in neutral. Thanks for the advice guys.
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Unread 03-21-2014, 12:06 AM   #9
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I've got well over 150,000 on my grand Cherokee of just being towed behind trucks busses and rvs transfer case in N transmission in park.
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Unread 03-22-2014, 08:10 PM   #10
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I recently put in a true neutral plate from a '97-99 TJ or XJ. It disengages everything unlike the stock mode selector plate.

OP, listen to these jeep guys and not your Zuki brother.
The "true" neutral shifter in the transfer case is needed only if you have solid axles in the front diff. If you have the CAD in the front diff you're ok to tow with driveshafts in.
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