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Unread 08-06-2010, 06:40 PM   #1
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flat bed jeep tie down

hey guys im about to be putting my jeep on a flat bed and driving from michigan to colorado. i have some question like, what types of straps i should use to tie it down, where are the tie down points, and other things im sure most of you guys know. thanks for the help.

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Unread 08-06-2010, 06:54 PM   #2
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I use 4- 2 1/2 in wide straps. ON the front I cross them using each point right behind the the lower control arms in the front. Then the rear I have strapped the axle and crossed it but for a long haul (towed mine from IL to CA) I went to the frame rail up by lower control arms in the rear. I like them crossed that way if you blow a tire the jeep can in no way slide on the trailer.
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Unread 08-06-2010, 06:54 PM   #3
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I like to tie all 4 corners down with individual ratchet straps rated for at least 10,000 lbs. each. By having two straps on each end you always have one still holding if the other fails or comes loose. I have D-rings on both my front and rear bumpers so attachment is fairly easy. You should at least have two tow hooks up front to tie to and for the rear there are two oblong holes in the frame above the rear axle that you can hook into if you don't have anything on your bumper. I always like to have the straps at about a 45* angle leading away from the Jeep. In other words the front ones pulling forward and the rear ones pulling backwards as if stretching the Jeep. This will help prevent any forward or backward movement when stopping and starting. Take along a spare strap or two and check them whenever you stop. Have a nice trip!
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Unread 08-06-2010, 06:57 PM   #4
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You also didn't tell us how much suspension you have. I go from the frame so I don't get a bouncing jeep. I know some guys who don't care and go right from the tires or axles. It is all in the way you like it.
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Unread 08-06-2010, 07:11 PM   #5
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if you go from the frame do you want to compress the suspension a little ?
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Unread 08-06-2010, 07:14 PM   #6
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I compress it a good ways. I do it until I can't get it any tighter. I have never had a strap come lose or even snap. I lots a trailer tire doing 70 and the one side of the trailer shot in the air a few feet and the jeep didn't even move. Almost tossed the everything on it's side. lol
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Unread 08-06-2010, 07:24 PM   #7
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I do a combo of both.

If towing it 5 miles I judt strap to the axles front and rear and pull tight, one on each corner as described.

But when towing long distance I always tie down as mentioned then run 1 strap front and rear up to the bumper tow points on oposite corners and compress the springs hard. it is all in what mekes ya feel good. I only add the upper bumper straps to keep the sway down. Nary a problem to date.

I haul cars on a daily basis. These cars are junk and going to scrap. With them DOT requires one front and one reear to keep it from rolling. I have never had an issue hauling like that but I would in no way tow my jeep like that..

But remember the jeep isint the most important part of this equasion, nobody wants our 3400lb jeeps on their hood
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Unread 08-06-2010, 08:04 PM   #8
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i use 3 straps, 1 around the rear pumpkin and int he front one on each side of the diff. i used this setup all the way to colorado(1000miles) and the jeep didnt budge. i also use the 10k lb ratchet straps. also in the 2nd i have since welded on drings to the front of the trailer rail so the straps go straight
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Unread 08-07-2010, 06:35 PM   #9
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do you guys leave it in gear or just in neutral with the parking brake up
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Unread 08-07-2010, 08:34 PM   #10
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do you guys leave it in gear or just in neutral with the parking brake up
park and e brake both on
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