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post #1 of 5 Old 12-10-2001, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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Cherokee towing?

Hello, I am a total newbie to the Jeep world, I come from the land of racecars (mostly rally, imports) The reason I am posting, is I am looking at a 98 Jeep Cherokee sport. The reason I am looking for a truck/suv is because I need something to drive daily, and most importantly tow my racecar. My racecar is about 1600lbs, and the trailer is a double axle, open, wood deck trailer with electric brakes. I am most interested in the cherokee because of my need to drive it daily, seems much more fun than a suburban or something. My question is, with a proper hitch, would the cherokee be able to handle that sort of load? I figured I would come to the source... Thanks in advance..

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post #2 of 5 Old 12-10-2001, 02:31 PM
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A '98 with 4.0L and tow package should be able to tow 5000lbs. I'm not sure if you need the Auto for that or not. Standard towing is 2000, max is 5000.
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post #3 of 5 Old 12-10-2001, 02:45 PM
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I would HIGHLY reccomend the cherokee. It would be a exellent daily driver, and it should be able to tow 1600lbs no problem If you are interested in towing, a wrangler wouldn't be reccomended becuase of the short wheelbase they arent reccomended to tow much. If you end up buying that cherokee I wouldnt be surprised if you sell that racecar and put a lift on that cherokee..

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post #4 of 5 Old 12-28-2001, 07:43 PM
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Yeah, definitely go with the Cherokee, and don't let your wife or anybody talk you out of 4WD - it's a definite advantage in numerous special situations you'll run into, well worth the extra money. Not only does it give extra pulling power when needed but the shift position 4WD-low is great for easing a valuable cargo over rough spots, like the washboard ruts on the access roads to some of the racetracks around here.
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post #5 of 5 Old 12-29-2001, 01:35 AM
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Yeah. Don't let anybody talk you out of 4wd. I towed a friend's motorcycle trailer to an event once and the "pit" area was in some muddy woods, courtesy of a little Washington rain. If I hadn't had 4wd on my Grand Cherokee, I would have been stuck due to the weight of the trailer (big wells-cargo with bikes and tools in it). I was able to pop in 4wd and crawl up the hill. If you're a rally racer, you might need it for recovering your car from the woods. (Been there, done that, with somebody else's car)
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