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?
--- 89 islander YJ ---
258 - 4.2L, Flowmaster Delta 40, 33x12.50 MT/R's, 2 in body, 1 in shackle, 3 suspension (RC), Webber K551 carb
--- 98 limited ZJ ---
318 - 5.2L, Flowmaster Delta 50
--- 00 limited WJ ---
287 - 4.7L, sotck for now! new purchase!