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Unread 08-03-2010, 02:40 PM   #1
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Towing Question

I have a 2008 JK (2 door) with the 3.21 gears. It is rated for 1000 pounds. I now find myself wanting a small fishing boat. From the boats I am looking at, I need to be able to tow about 2000 pounds. I live less than a mile from the boat ramp.

Would I be able to pull 2000 pounds for such a short distance over flat ground without any serious harm to my jeep?

What would I have to do to increase my towing capacity to 2000 pounds? My jeep is currently stock. I am not totally against regearing as I plan on adding a lift and bigger tires in a year or so. I am guessing a transmission cooler and new gears? Anything else? What do you estimate the total cost to be?

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Unread 08-03-2010, 03:12 PM   #2
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Hook it up and go.

Manuals don't need a tranny cooler.
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Unread 08-03-2010, 06:20 PM   #3
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Hey in Tampa!..... I go to Yankeetown,FL. from South Tampa evey other weekend in my JK 2dr. pulling a trailer(5x8) loaded with a Polaris Ranger on the Sun Coast Parkway and run 70mph with no problems.I would say anything under 3,000 lbs would be good to go.
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Unread 08-03-2010, 06:26 PM   #4
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Go ahead and tow it. Regear when you buy bigger tires.
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Unread 08-03-2010, 06:31 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info. Do you think it would be safe for longer trips too, or just the 1 mile to my local boat ramp?
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Unread 08-03-2010, 06:46 PM   #6
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you won't like long trips w/ this vehicle/combo towing that big a load....
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Unread 08-03-2010, 06:49 PM   #7
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I don't think the issue is gearing or power. The issue is wheel base. Because the jeep is short it's not stable pulling weight and could jackknife when trying to stop.

I've also read that cooling can be an issue when towing a lot of weight and not great for your tranny. I reckon you'd be fine over short distances if you take it easy, but I sure wouldn't want to drive any great distances pulling weight that isn't recommended. Jeep don't recommend such pathetically low tow ratings for fun, but for safety.
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Unread 08-03-2010, 07:24 PM   #8
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I don't think the issue is gearing or power. The issue is wheel base. Because the jeep is short it's not stable pulling weight and could jackknife when trying to stop.
True on the lackknife comment, but actually most of the issue IS gearing and power. With the relatively light boat you're talking about getting, you won't have a jackknife problem even with the 2-door and no trailer brakes. I know this from actual experience.

No doubt, your jeep is going to be a dog towing that load. I tow a 17ft fiberglass runabout with a 4cyl 3.0L I/O. Basically the lightest runabout you can imagine. My jeep is a 2010 6sp manual 2-door w/3.73 gears and towing package. And it's a dog, especially when it's 90 degrees out and the engine has trouble making power. Yours will be worse with 3.21's. You'll be OK. You won't hurt your Jeep. But it's really only good for the one mile to the launch.
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Unread 08-03-2010, 07:37 PM   #9
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3.21 gears with a manual trans. is fine.Once you get above 1800 rpm's it pulls fine.This whole gearing and overheating thing has been overated.Just go have fun and don't worry it's a Jeep and there tough as hell!
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