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Unread 02-24-2003, 02:33 PM   #1
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I used to have a ZJ with the 4.0l and I towed a 3800 lbs (on trailer) boat with no problems.

I just replaced that ZJ with another that has the 5.2l, mopar installed hitch with the transmission cooler. My question is what are anyone's experiences towing a payload of around 5500 lbs (my wrangler of about 3400 lbs plus the car hauler of about 1600 - 2000 lbs)? I know that I should get a weight distribution hitch addition to keep the tongue and the *** end of the jeep level, but I am wondering if this is actually going to be needed? The tongue weight is going to be around 550 - 600 lbs.

Also, how will the motor react to this weight?

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Unread 02-24-2003, 02:56 PM   #2
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I used to have a 5.9 V8 GC that I towed a 5,500 pound boat with. It towed it fairly easy, and this was at 6,000 feet elevations. The back of the Jeep never sagged very much even with that heavy of a load. I never used a weight distributing hitch either. The first couple of times I towed with it, I didn't even use trailer brakes .
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Unread 03-16-2003, 01:54 AM   #3
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About once a month or so, Im yanking about 9000lbs with my WJ.

The only "mods" are a muffler, intake, and a tranny cooler.

Been doing that since mile # 18 on the ODO, and im at 70,000 today no probs.
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Unread 03-16-2003, 10:17 AM   #4
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I towed my budys old K5 blazer home from the spillway a few weekends ago. I dont know what they weigh but Its big.. and
he and his wife and kid were in it.. I towed them about 20 miles
no problem at all. Make sure you turn off your OD.. You will be
fine.. That is one mean motor.. Welcome to the world of luxury mudding..LOL
Just another soccer moms Grocery getter....
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