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Unread 07-11-2014, 02:07 AM   #1
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Thinking about getting another orvis...

So, guys, here is the question. I found another orvis (same year, 20k more miles than mine) and is a rust bucket, but interior is in excellent condition. Also bumpers, grille, hood and other small things I'd want off it. My jeep has excellent body (no rust what so ever anywhere, I did check everywhere I could look, including underneath) but has trashed interior. I want that jeep for parts. So, the question is... How the heck to get that Jeep. It is 6hrs away from me and I don't know how to drive two cars at once... It has tow hooks, but I'm guessing they are mainly to get it out if it is stuck. Could I tow that orvis with my orvis? Or what would my options would be?

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Unread 07-11-2014, 02:31 AM   #2
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You either need a full vehicle trailer or a flat tow bar. I wouldn't pull either with your orvis for six hours. Have you looked into having it shipped? It isn't as much as you might think.
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Unread 07-11-2014, 07:38 AM   #3
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Unread 07-12-2014, 12:22 AM   #4
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Eh, owner is a gal, she won't do shipping and such. Friends all work during the week. Can I pull is with dodge ram pickup and a tow bar? Where would I attach it to on the orvis side? Also can it be towed if I switch TC into neutral?
On the other side there is another orvis two states away from me (actually easier to get there) but that thing has 6cyl engine and he wants like 4K for it. Although that jeep is in very good condition. 165k miles.
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Unread 07-12-2014, 07:40 PM   #5
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Have someone fairly local look at it, pay for it on your behalf, and park it somewhere. From there, you can either have it shipped or tow it via Ram pickup if you have one. A towbar would be a bit of work, as it has to bolt to the front crossmember, but a Ram should have enough brakes to stop a ZJ's weight. Depends on the Ram.

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Unread 07-13-2014, 02:10 AM   #6
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It is Ram 2500, so I would imagine it would have enough power to tow and to break while towing a ZJ. So, I'm guessing that I would have to take the front bumper off and bolt it down where tow hooks are? Unfortunately, I don't know anyone in that town or near that town. So I'm guessing it would be the easiest to bring someone with. I'm not sure in what mechanical state that thing is in, I'm really buying it for parts, so not that important. Driving orvis, I came to really like that special edition. If before I didn't care if interior gets all colorful (ie different seats, liftgate internal panel is now different color too) now I suddenly want my jeep to be as original as it can be:d But just owner of that rusty orvis with good interior says "some problems with transmission, but drivable". No explanations beyond that
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Unread 07-14-2014, 08:11 PM   #7
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Yeah, a 2500 would be plenty to flat-tow a ZJ. Basically, you remove the bumper cover (look at it the wrong way and it'll take itself off) and you mount the tow bar to... Somewhere. I'm not entirely sure where exactly on the ZJ, but presumably the tow hook mounts. I've seen a ZJ with tow bar mounts before, I just don't remember the specifics.

Then you put it in TC Neutral, put it in park, turn the key to on, and tow the bastard.
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Unread 07-15-2014, 10:58 AM   #8
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ah, thanks! This is what I needed to know. I'm assuming, tow bar would attach where those hooks are attached?
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