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Unread 09-29-2013, 10:17 PM   #1
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Absurd tow weight.

Now I'm not looking for upgrades or anything to make my jeep do this but I went to a county fair this weekend and watched a horse pull. These two massive horses get hooked up to a 1000 pound sled with big blocks stacked on top of it and each block weighs 500 pounds. Well they have to pull it 6 feet to move on or they are eliminated and more weight is added. So they get up to 15,000 pounds before they fail and me and my dad had an argument over it when I got home. He says my 1996 Cherokee sport with the |6 177hp engine could drag 15000 6ft with no problem. He admits I'd need to reinforce it and it wouldn't be good for it at all but it could do it. I say it may budge an inch or so before my tires start throwing dirt everywhere but ultimately it's not moving. So Jeep hooked up to 15000 pounds on a sled not a trailer, will it go 6 ft? Also I may add that a rule is the sled has to stay moving and if it stops, your attempt is over so no reversing and trying again either.

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Unread 09-30-2013, 12:04 AM   #2
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okay I'll bite for discussions sake and come back with a response of there isn't a ready yes/no answer to this question. Obviously the original statement was directed towards the track conditions the horses faced and the build of your jeep. Without a decent understanding of both a relevelant answer isn't possible, but friction and traction are the significant variables to this equation. Slant them one way and the answer is yes. Stack things the other way and the answer is no.
Pics of the pulling sled on the track and your XJ for a more on target answer.
Even better, put your jeep on the track hitch hooked to the horses pulling harness. I'm thinking my money is on the horses...
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Unread 09-30-2013, 01:08 PM   #3
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Too lazy to take a pic but if you search Jeep xj on wiki, it is near identical to the pic that shows up and it's bone stock. The pulling sled I once again don't have pics of so no help here and I'd never actually try pulling it. I'm pretty certain it's gonna just spin a bunch but it is a silly argument so I wasn't expecting exact answers but more so just educated guesses. Traction-wise I think it was closer to mud than dirt they were playing in but it wasn't quite either. Idk I guess the closest experience to this someone may have is trying to recover a big truck or something
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Unread 09-30-2013, 03:05 PM   #4
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Okay in that case the simple answer is No.
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