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Unread 04-08-2013, 12:50 PM   #1
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Towing a 76 J10 w quadra trac

Any issues or concerns in towing the Jeep behind a pickup? I have a good hitch, but I'm not sure how to deal with transmission. Would I simply put it in neutral as it's being towed? I have a about a 4 hour tow ahead of me.

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Unread 04-08-2013, 01:41 PM   #2
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How are you towing, best to take all wheels off the ground.
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Unread 04-08-2013, 03:14 PM   #3
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Any issues or concerns in towing the Jeep behind a pickup? I have a good hitch, but I'm not sure how to deal with transmission. Would I simply put it in neutral as it's being towed? I have a about a 4 hour tow ahead of me.

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If its an automatic that can burn the tranny and transfer case up. If your pulling without a trailer your only safe bet is to take the 15 minutes to remove the front and rear shafts.

Unless you installed lockout hubs in the front. Then you'd just unlock the hubs when towing and only pull the rear shaft. But make sure you relock the hubs when you arrive or you'll blow the t-case up.
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REMOVE BOTH DRIVE SHAFTS!!!!!
Check post 11 from tsm
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Check post 11 from tsm
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If he puts lockout hubs in the front he will only need to remove the rear, right?
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If he puts lockout hubs in the front he will only need to remove the rear, right?
Yes that's correct. Tires need to be disconnected from t-case in some fashion.
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If he puts lockout hubs in the front he will only need to remove the rear, right?
Don't put locking hubs on a Quadratrac Jeep unless it's been converted to part time. Someone will try to drive it with the hubs unlocked, and ruin the transfer case.

If you own a Quadratrac Jeep, read the Owner's Manual about towing. Never leave your Jeep where it might get towed away either - towing on two wheels will ruin the transfer case ... and replacements are very scarce today.

You can tow with ALL FOUR WHEELS on the ground (emergency flat towing), only if you can unlock the steering column, transmission shifter in park, emergency drive at normal position, and put the transfer case low range in neutral. If no low range unit, you cannot flat tow like this.

The only other safe options are to remove both driveshafts, or raise the front and remove the rear drive shaft, or raise the front and put the rear on a dolly.
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Don't put locking hubs on a Quadratrac Jeep unless it's been converted to part time. Someone will try to drive it with the hubs unlocked, and ruin the transfer case.

If you own a Quadratrac Jeep, read the Owner's Manual about towing. Never leave your Jeep where it might get towed away either - towing on two wheels will ruin the transfer case ... and replacements are very scarce today.

You can tow with ALL FOUR WHEELS on the ground (emergency flat towing), only if you can unlock the steering column, transmission shifter in park, emergency drive at normal position, and put the transfer case low range in neutral. If no low range unit, you cannot flat tow like this.

The only other safe options are to remove both driveshafts, or raise the front and remove the rear drive shaft, or raise the front and put the rear on a dolly.
Like I stated above. He would need to immediately engage the hubs before he drove or he'd blow up the t-case but he could do it without converting to part time and front hubs.
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Yes, you could do it. And it would be fine as long as you did not try to drive in normal drive with the hubs locked out.

But I felt compelled to point out that it's a risky idea IMO. Will you check that the hubs are locked every time you drive it? Will you know what's wrong when the engine revs and the car only moves slowly? Will you ever let someone else drive the car who might not understand the issue?
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Yes, you could do it. And it would be fine as long as you did not try to drive in normal drive with the hubs locked out.

But I felt compelled to point out that it's a risky idea IMO. Will you check that the hubs are locked every time you drive it? Will you know what's wrong when the engine revs and the car only moves slowly? Will you ever let someone else drive the car who might not understand the issue?
I don't see any issues arising as long as he only disengages the hubs to tow then relocks them.

It's the cheapest fix and safe if he takes the time to think.
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What about the neighborhood kids that see those dials and decide to turn them?
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What about the neighborhood kids that see those dials and decide to turn them?
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Unread 04-09-2013, 01:28 PM   #14
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Thanks guys. Don't mean to ask a rookie question, but is removing the drive shafts an easy endeavor? Otherwise, it seems I should just get a trailer...and tow accordingly.
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Unread 04-09-2013, 01:35 PM   #15
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Yes, it's pretty easy. Four nuts at each of of each driveshaft. Just don't lose the ujoint caps and/or the needle bearings under them. I duct tape the caps on as soon as each end is removed from the yoke.
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