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Unread 08-20-2013, 07:45 AM   #1
Dubfire98
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Towing... again

Alright so my jeep has been down the past week from the last time i towed my boat to the lake and most of my devoted followers know the whole story of what happened there lol. I love my 96 zj so much that instead of just throwing it back together and selling it for something a bit more capable of towing, im wondering... After i have my trans rebuilt and beefed up a little in the next week, should i regear my 3.73s to 4.56s? Keep in mind im lifted 4.5" with 33s with the np249 and i plan on keeping that size tire. Would this setup be better for towing? my boat/trailer weighs in at what im guessing is around 3000lb.

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Unread 08-20-2013, 07:49 AM   #2
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Should be good. Make sure your cooling system is up to par, and make sure the trailer has its own brakes. Electric brakes are the best, surge brakes are better than nothing. Turn overdrive off when towing
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Unread 08-20-2013, 10:47 AM   #3
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Yea i need to look into getting some electric brakes for this trailer. It has the plates for them originally. Maybe someone took them off idk. Im hoping its just the shift solenoid/gov pressure sensor pack thats wrong with the jeep now. But i should prob just have it rebuilt since it does have 200k+ on it. Dnuccio do you know how those 4.56 gears will affect my interstate driving (if at all)?
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Unread 08-20-2013, 11:39 AM   #4
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im looking to do 4.56s on 33s as well. It shouldn't be too bad on the highway. From what I hear 4.56s and 35in tires are like being back to stock tires with stock gears.
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Unread 08-20-2013, 12:32 PM   #5
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Lets hope so lol. with the np249 i have to change front and rear diffs. Thats about $400 to swap from 3.73 to 4.56 if i do it myself. Im just not going to attempt a trans rebuild. Thats one thing i have no clue what im doing.
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Unread 08-20-2013, 05:31 PM   #6
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Lets hope so lol. with the np249 i have to change front and rear diffs. Thats about $400 to swap from 3.73 to 4.56 if i do it myself. Im just not going to attempt a trans rebuild. Thats one thing i have no clue what im doing.
A tranny I'd just get from a junk yard lol. I got my last one from there 2 years ago ::knock on wood:: Still goin strong! I even keep an extra under my deck shrink wrapped
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