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Unread 07-10-2013, 10:10 AM   #16
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It's not what you can tow safely
It’s what you can STOP safely
Anyone can over tow but when SHTF are you going to be able to handle your load and stop in a safe manner.

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Unread 07-10-2013, 11:00 AM   #17
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It's not what you can tow safely
Itís what you can STOP safely
Anyone can over tow but when SHTF are you going to be able to handle your load and stop in a safe manner.
Starting...towing...stopping... It's all part of the picture.
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Unread 07-10-2013, 11:20 AM   #18
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Probably 90% of the public just worries about if vehicle can move load not if it can stop it. People assume if it can tow it then it can stop and that is far from the truth.
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Unread 07-10-2013, 05:39 PM   #19
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Thanks for all of the replies! So is it safe to say we are al in agreement that my rig is rated at 2,000, but with higher gear ratio, it could be increased to 3,5000?
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Unread 07-10-2013, 06:01 PM   #20
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IMO yes it can be as long as the gears are correct. I just purchased a cargo trailer for my 2011 JKU (Rubicon) and my 2 Harleys . I installed a 7-pin connector with Brakes and when I purchased my trailer I order it with the Electric Brake upgrades as well, granted I have a 7x12 Single Axle Dry is 1,300lbs 2x HD's and I'm at 2,500lbs so no issues. I also took the time and installed a bigger transmission cooler as well and soon probably an oil cooler as well as added perks to ensure safety and such. And if you lift your vehicle the center of gravity shifts so a drop hitch would be needed along with more concern about load/weight placement and such. thats .02
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Unread 07-10-2013, 06:04 PM   #21
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Thanks for all of the replies! So is it safe to say we are al in agreement that my rig is rated at 2,000, but with higher gear ratio, it could be increased to 3,5000?
Check your zeros.
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Unread 07-11-2013, 11:59 PM   #22
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Town 5800 in my jku from backyard to front yard moving our travel trailer of 33' tandem axle
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Unread 07-13-2013, 12:00 AM   #23
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After towing many thousands of miles with a XJ Cherokee, I've learned a few things, mostly the hard way. Any trailer more than 25% of the tow Jeep weight should have brakes, more than 33% must have brakes. Trailer sway can be a problem and lift with it's higher CG will NOT help, but heavier rear springs and shocks will. And it's not just the trailer weight, but the frontal area that limits.
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Unread 07-13-2013, 07:09 AM   #24
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I have towed a 20 foot Seadoo Boat with my 13 JKU all summer long. It does not have the max tow and is rated at 2000lbs max capacity due to the 3.21 gears. I installed some 33s and a 3" BDS lift and it tows the boat nicer than my buddy's avalanche! The BDS springs are much stiffer than stock and when the boat sits on it they level right out. Boat/trailer/gear is well over 3000lbs and I have had zero issues when starting/stopping! The tow numbers are very conservative, and in the end the lift is going to help!
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Unread 07-13-2013, 08:34 AM   #25
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I have towed a 20 foot Seadoo Boat with my 13 JKU all summer long. It does not have the max tow and is rated at 2000lbs max capacity due to the 3.21 gears. I installed some 33s and a 3" BDS lift and it tows the boat nicer than my buddy's avalanche! The BDS springs are much stiffer than stock and when the boat sits on it they level right out. Boat/trailer/gear is well over 3000lbs and I have had zero issues when starting/stopping! The tow numbers are very conservative, and in the end the lift is going to help!
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Unread 07-13-2013, 11:36 AM   #26
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I don't even want to get started on why the +2012 auto JKU's with 3.21's can't tow 3500 pounds. I think it is a rip-off....but whatever. The tow rating was the main reason why I opted for 3.73's.
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Unread 07-13-2013, 11:45 AM   #27
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I'm guessing vehicle tow capacity is based on wheel base, gears, horsepower, torque and what the trans will allow.

A lift kit doesn't affect any of those. Breaking is another consideration
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Unread 07-13-2013, 04:30 PM   #28
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I'm guessing vehicle tow capacity is based on wheel base, gears, horsepower, torque and what the trans will allow.

A lift kit doesn't affect any of those. Breaking is another consideration
You are correct. A lift kit doesn't affect any of the items you listed.
I'm sure there are a few more items. too.
You don't think a higher center of gravity from being lifted will affect the rated tow capacity?
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Unread 07-13-2013, 05:14 PM   #29
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The lift doesn't change your rating. There are several factors that can effect a towing rating, including: brakes/brake system, tire load rating, differential, transmission, chassis, drivetrain, etc. In this case, none of these have changed.
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Unread 07-13-2013, 05:20 PM   #30
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Oh well. Not much else can be said about it, then.
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