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Unread 06-08-2010, 04:08 PM   #1
dm0326
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Making my ZJ Tow Worthy?

Hello All,

First post here! I have a 1998 Grand Cherokee with an I6. I do not have the tow package, and from what I understand from reading, I can only tow 2000lbs max if I don't make modifications. I have just recently purchased a 3300 lb trailer and I would like to be able to tow it with the ZJ. What can I do to my ZJ to make it tow worthy? I have heard rear air bags, tranny cooler, P/S pump replacement, new axle ration. Do you agree with these suggestions? I am not sure what I need to do. Thanks in advance!!!


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Unread 06-08-2010, 05:12 PM   #2
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I think you have a XJ Cherokee, not a ZJ Grand Cherokee, or maybe the other way around. Either way, you have an Inline 6, not a V6.

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Unread 06-08-2010, 07:42 PM   #3
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I have a ZJ Grand Cherokee, sorry for the confusion. New to these jeep terms.
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Unread 06-08-2010, 08:18 PM   #4
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All you really need to do is install the correct Class 3 hitch and wiring harness. You could get a tranny cooler to be on the safe side and thats about it. I know plenty of people that have added a hitch and pull 4k ib trailers.
Changing the gear ratio would help a little but not really needed.

The biggest problem is braking but you get the same brakes from the factory regardless if you have the factory tow package.
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Unread 06-09-2010, 04:37 AM   #5
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Once you add the hitch, add a big cooler for the tranny, and maybe a small one for the power steering. Other than that, you should be OK. Regearing the axles is optional, and for 3300 lbs, probably not needed.

Of course, being that ZJ brakes kinda suck, I wouldn't tow anything that heavy without trailer brakes, which, if electric, will require a brake controller.
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