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Unread 07-18-2013, 08:12 PM   #1
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Liberty towing

I need to tow a 2001 Jeep Wrangler 1700 miles. I have a 2006 3.7 auto. gas no towing package. It does have an after market hitch 5000 lb. max.
Can i do this with a car doly.

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Unread 07-19-2013, 06:46 AM   #2
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Yes, you can pull the Wrangler. Turn off overdrive on any hills to keep the tranny from getting too hot.

Most importantly, beware of space between you and vehicles ahead of you. Biggest challenge with towing is stopping the rig, not getting it moving. Not that the Libby's brakes are bad but without trailer brakes you're relying on the tow vehicle to do all the braking by itself.

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Unread 07-19-2013, 09:49 AM   #3
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Here's info from the 2006 KJ Owner Manual:
Trailer Towing Weights (Maximum Trailer Weight Ratings)
The following information provides the maximum trailer
weight ratings towable for the given drivetrain.

3.7L/Automatic 4x2
GVWR (Gross Vehicle Wt. Rating) 5,350 lbs
GCWR (Gross Combined Wt. Rating), 7,150 lbs
Frontal Area 32 Sq. Ft.
Max. GTW (Gross Trailer Wt.) 2,000 lbs
Max. Tongue Wt. 200 lbs

3.7L/Automatic 4x4
GVWR (Gross Vehicle Wt. Rating) 5,600 lbs
GCWR (Gross Combined Wt. Rating) 7,400 lbs
Frontal Area 32 Sq. Ft.
Max. GTW (Gross Trailer Wt.) 2,000 lbs
Max. Tongue Wt. 200 lbs

3.7L/Automatic with cooler 4x2
GVWR (Gross Vehicle Wt. Rating) 5,350 lbs
GCWR (Gross Combined Wt. Rating), 9,850 lbs
Frontal Area 60 Sq. Ft.
Max. GTW (Gross Trailer Wt.) 5,000 lbs
Max. Tongue Wt. 500 lbs

3.7L/Automatic with cooler 4x4
GVWR (Gross Vehicle Wt. Rating) 5,600 lbs
GCWR (Gross Combined Wt. Rating) 10,100 lbs
Frontal Area 60 Sq. Ft.
Max. GTW (Gross Trailer Wt.) 5,000 lbs
Max. Tongue Wt. 500 lbs
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Unread 07-22-2013, 01:27 PM   #4
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Don't use a toe dolly, you'll mess up your wrangler's drive trail.
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Unread 07-22-2013, 02:48 PM   #5
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can i add a trans cooler if mine doesnt have one so i can tow more?
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Unread 07-23-2013, 09:52 AM   #6
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can i add a trans cooler if mine doesnt have one so i can tow more?
You almost certainly have one already - most Liberty's do.

Look in front of the radiator along the bottom. You'll see a cooler running horizontally about 4 inches tall with lines that come from in the right side of the engine and through to the front of the grill. Look for the metal and rubber lines noted with the yellow arrows in this pic on the right/passenger side of your engine bay. They are the transmission cooler lines running from the tranny to the cooler in front of the grill. Ignore the other hoses - they're for a mod I did:


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Unread 07-23-2013, 08:49 PM   #7
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As long as the wrangler transfercase is in neutral amd the trans is in park you will not mess up the drivetrain
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Unread 07-24-2013, 04:52 AM   #8
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As long as the wrangler transfercase is in neutral amd the trans is in park you will not mess up the drivetrain
I'd agree with you 100% but my owners manual said not to. It also said to use a flatbed tow truck. Just sayin, I wouldn't risk it.
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Unread 07-30-2013, 06:31 AM   #9
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When I tow my tj on a car dolly I just pull the rear drive shaft, It's 4 bolts. I have towed it short distances with the tc in neutral but for such a long trip I'd just pull the DS just my opinion though


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As long as the wrangler transfercase is in neutral amd the trans is in park you will not mess up the drivetrain
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Unread 08-01-2013, 11:16 PM   #10
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I'd assume that you lose your fluid if you pull the shaft unless it has a sye
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Unread 08-03-2013, 08:25 PM   #11
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Can you beef up the suspension with an OME kit to pull a larger trailer?
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Unread 08-03-2013, 08:33 PM   #12
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Maybe with something like this?

http://www.quadratec.com/products/76090_50X_PG.htm
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Unread 08-04-2013, 06:00 AM   #13
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That'll help to hold the weight but you'll still have to be able to pull and stop. I use a load leveling hitch, a very small one made by Reese. It distributes the weight and has sway control built into it. I still don't go over the recommended weight though, the camper is around 2000 lbs empty.
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Unread 08-04-2013, 08:47 AM   #14
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I have a friend that flat tows his xj to Florida and back behind his motorhome with the transfer case in neutral and transmission in park with no issues. But obviously he doesn't have problems with braking with the extra weight. I pulled hi xj this summer with his pickup and it shoved his 3/4 ton around a little. And if you do this watch your turns and cornering, its a little different than a trailer or tow dolly.
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Unread 08-04-2013, 05:56 PM   #15
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This is what I'm thinking of going with. http://www.trailmanor.com/WebDocs/fo...line/3124.html
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