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Unread 05-19-2015, 09:59 AM   #1
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Flat Towing with Long Arms

So I'm planning on finishing up some loose ends on my Jeep and heading to the Badlands. It's about 4 hours from me. What I can't decide is whether I would be better off driving it there or flat towing it behind my Titan. The Jeep has a 4.5" Rubicon Express springs, Rough Country X-flex Long Arms, Iron Rock Off Road Double Sheer track bar, Bilstein 5100's, but stock steering components.

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Unread 05-19-2015, 11:42 AM   #2
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As long as you have good caster you should be fine. The important thing is that the vehicle can track straight behind the tow vehicle and not try to steer the back end of the truck.

I'd be more concerned about getting it home. If you do damage to your steering or front end you may end up with a vehicle that is driveable, but not flat towable.
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I heard someone yell "mall crawler" from the back porch. I'll go see who said that. Be right back.
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Unread 05-19-2015, 03:25 PM   #3
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As long as you have good caster you should be fine. The important thing is that the vehicle can track straight behind the tow vehicle and not try to steer the back end of the truck.

I'd be more concerned about getting it home. If you do damage to your steering or front end you may end up with a vehicle that is driveable, but not flat towable.
I'm surprised someone actually mentioned caster, I was worried specifically about that (I am certified by John Bean for alignments) In order to get my driveshaft angle right I am at 0* caster, I have it so that it is tracking relatively good but I was concerned how that would react to flat towing.
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Unread 05-19-2015, 03:41 PM   #4
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Yeah, I wouldn't feel comfortable with those numbers.

Maybe rent a dolly and disco the rear shaft? Or just rent a full trailer.
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Unread 05-19-2015, 05:49 PM   #5
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i'd trailer it. what if you break a rear axle shaft or smoke a rear axle or carrier bearing? the JF guys convinced me that a car trailer would be better for towing my '93 home from texas, little hairy with a long armed ZJ but it did it and I didn't have to worry about stopping the dead ZJ too much or blowing a tire.
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Unread 05-19-2015, 06:01 PM   #6
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Yeah, brakes alone makes it worth it to get a trailer.
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Unread 05-19-2015, 07:00 PM   #7
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Yeah, brakes alone makes it worth it to get a trailer.
Eh, I have the tow package but no brake controller... It's got all the wires for it and even a nice little cut out in the dash for it just need to get one..

I have a flat bed tow truck but I don't think I'm comfortable strapping a 4500 lb lifted Jeep onto the back of an 87 F-350.
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Unread 05-19-2015, 08:14 PM   #8
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Surge brakes are better than no brakes.
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