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Unread 06-24-2015, 12:02 AM   #1
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Xj towing boat?

My xj has 3 inch lift 32s and stock gears. I'm wondering if I will be able to tow a 16 foot aluminum boat? My main concerns are going up and down the steep boat ramps. Will I stress parts of the jeep considering I still have the stock 3.55 gears? Just wanted to see people's thoughts on this. I'm not really sure how much the boat and trailer weigh...1400 maybe?
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Unread 06-24-2015, 04:56 AM   #2
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I wouldn't think twice about it. You could tow that with a car. Jeep shouldn't have a problem.
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Unread 06-24-2015, 05:15 AM   #3
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I think I've seen amish buggies pulling those.
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Mine does fine by me with 4" lift and 31s on stock 3.55 gears pulling a 16' aluminum deep-V .
I do use trailer brakes and most of time drive like I've got some sense about me.

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Unread 06-25-2015, 08:53 AM   #5
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Ok thanks for the input I'm not worried at all anymore. Thanks!
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Unread 06-25-2015, 08:58 AM   #6
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The difficulty with towing is stopping the trailer at highway speeds, the vehicle tow rating is based on this. You won't have any difficulties at slow speed. If you keep the wheel very straight, than you can pull straight forward in 4 wheel drive mode on the steep/slippery ramp when necessary. Go back to 2wd as soon as you can, and do not make any turns on pavement in 4wd mode or you could damage your driveline.

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US tow capacity of the XJ: 5000 lbs
UK tow capacity of the XJ: 7100 lbs

If you drive your XJ from UK to the US somehow, you have to leave your trailer at the border...
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Unread 06-25-2015, 02:59 PM   #7
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It's 1400 pounds. If you have trouble towing that with anything then you shouldn't be towing. XJs are rated for well over that.
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Unread 06-26-2015, 02:19 PM   #8
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Hell I towed a 2 ton+ RV with my XJ on 31's and 3.55's (I have 4.10's now which makes it a lot more pleasant). You won't notice that boat unless you're trying to hard stop on the freeway.

Side note: I forget what they're called by there's a cable gadget floating around to let you manually engage/disengage the front axle. So you can put it in 4lo for the deeper gearing, then disengage the front axle so you don't have to worry about turning on pavement. Might be handy on boat ramps!
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