So first post in the JK section, only ever owned YJ's. I'm looking around at new vehicles as I'm sick of my P.O.S. Tacoma. I regularly tow my Can-Am and am wondering how a new wrangler would do. It would be a 2dr sport with 3.73, tow package and a 6 speed. The ATV and 5x8 trailer probably come in around 1300 or 1400 pounds. Would probably run 32" tires so pretty close to stock. My truck now is absolutely useless for towing (4cyl access cab) and am trying to make sure its not going to be more of the same.
I figure the pentastar has around twice the horsepower and 100 extra ft/lbs of torque over the truck, just trying to find out experience from anyone with a similar setup who tows often.
Thanks for the responses. I understand the wheelbase issues with towing, I'm not worried about that, I've towed similar weight and size with my old YJ without an issue, actually did better than my tacoma but not by much with 3.07 and 31's.
Also not too concerned with stopping as I'll be reasonably under the towing limit and will be limiting tire size to close to rubicon stock. The concern is the power. Right now to get to my friends house which is admittedly on a mountain, though a nice paved road, I have to take the hill in 2nd gear with my foot to the floor if I have any hope of making it. If I want to go to my dads to wash it I have to take all backroads because it won't do 65 on the highway.
Been looking at trucks, crazy money they want for them now, plus saving for a house. Not wanting something used for various reasons. Had Jeeps, loved them, they rusted out and I was forced to sell them. The price difference between new truck and new jeep is significant enough to have me looking again at the Wrangler. Was planning on a V8 truck, just looking to see if a 3.6 Jeep will be powerful enough for what I need. Looking for people who tow with theirs regularly and how they do.
The 3:73 gears will take a little out of your speed range. Just don't exceed 2000# total weight. I towed my bass boat to tournaments all over California in my inline 6 YJ for 7 years with no problems. Weighed about 1700 lbs loaded. ***** was the mountains, but I had the old throttle body injected (aka carburetor) that wouldn't altitude adjust by itself. Had to manually dial it up. You'll have no problems with your rig if you stay under 2k
Yeah it's an open 5x8 flatbed so I shouldn't have much in the way of drag on it. I know the 3.73's will take some off the top speed but I go over 70 about twice a year and never towing anything above 70, wouldn't trust the trailer going over 70 lol.