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Unread 05-11-2011, 08:40 AM   #1
billybob535
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Flat towing a CJ-6 Chassis

I am going to be towing my replacement CJ-6 chassis home from Ohio to NC (660 miles). It is a frame with axles, suspension, 232/T14/D20, driveshafts, exhaust, bumpers, grille, and a full frame mounted roll cage. I am going to be using a brand new towbar bolted through the stock steel bumper which is in good shape. The hubs will be unlocked and the driveshafts will be disconnected and tied to the frame. I will be flipping my hitch ball mount so the tow bar will be nearly flat while towing.

I have researched flat towing here and other forums and the consensus is that the steering must be unlocked on the towed vehicle. The CJ's tires, suspension, tie rod, drag link, pitman arm, power steering box, and rod ends are all in good shape and the jeep was in good alignment before the body was removed. The concern is that it does not have a steering column or steering shaft as the body tub has been removed. Getting a uhaul is out of the question for this trip.

Is the lack of a column/steering shaft going to be a problem when flat towing?

I would think it would not be since you are supposed to tow with the steering unlocked and intermediates didn't have locking columns anyways. Towing speed will be kept to a reasonable level. The tow vehicle weighs more than twice the towed vehicle and I will have safety lights on the back of the CJ.

Can someone here enlighten me.

Thanks

Bob

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Unread 05-11-2011, 08:53 AM   #2
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Having no column is no different than leaving a locking column unlocked.

No need to pull the front driveshaft if the hubs are unlocked.
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Unread 05-17-2011, 01:35 PM   #3
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It towed just fine and the parts are now for sale. Just not here since I can't post to the classified forum. LOL

Thanks for the info.

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