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post #1 of 4 Old 01-14-2008, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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Flat towing with Atlas II

Don't want to start a thread about the pro's and con's of flat towing vs. trailering really, but...... if i don't end up getting a trailer by this summer i am wanting to flat tow to Colorado like i did last year with my other TJ. My "new to me" TJ has an Atlas II transfer case. I will check with Advanced Adapters on this, but was wanting to see if anyone here has some real world experience flat towing a rig equipped with an Atlas II. As far as disconnecting the driveshaft goes (if that's what i need to do), would i need to remove the front and rear or just the rear. Completely remove or just disconnect at the axle and tie up with wire? Thanks.


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post #2 of 4 Old 01-14-2008, 11:57 PM
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Yep, you'll need to remove both driveshafts, if you don't have front locking hubs.
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post #3 of 4 Old 01-15-2008, 05:24 AM
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Your Atlas Manual provides as follows:

Advance Adapters has flat-towed an Atlas equipped vehicle a distance of 300 miles and no problems were encountered. At this time, we can only recommend flat-towing at this maximum distance. After 300 miles of travel, the vehicle should be started. With the transmission in gear and the Atlas in neutral, let the vehicle idle for 5-10 minutes. This will circulate the oil in the Atlas and allow for proper lubrication.

If you are planning on flat-towing distances of 300 miles or more, we recommend the removal of the driveshafts to be on the safe side. This will prevent any damage that may occur to internal components due to the lack of normal oil circulation.

When a vehicle is being towed with the Atlas, both shift levers should be in the Neutral position. Our experience regarding the transmission towing position are as follows: (Please also verify in your owners manual what the vehicle manufacturer recommends)

Automatic transmissions should be left in park.
Manual transmissions should be left in any gear.

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post #4 of 4 Old 06-19-2019, 10:41 AM
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Atlas transfer case exploded!

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Don't want to start a thread about the pro's and con's of flat towing vs. trailering really, but...... if i don't end up getting a trailer by this summer i am wanting to flat tow to Colorado like i did last year with my other TJ. My "new to me" TJ has an Atlas II transfer case. I will check with Advanced Adapters on this, but was wanting to see if anyone here has some real world experience flat towing a rig equipped with an Atlas II. As far as disconnecting the driveshaft goes (if that's what i need to do), would i need to remove the front and rear or just the rear. Completely remove or just disconnect at the axle and tie up with wire? Thanks.
I was the second owner of 1997 Jeep Wrangler that had an Atlas II transfer case. I owned the jeep only 8 months. I bought it to tow behind my motor home. The Jeep only had 60k miles and ran great. I flat towed not knowing I needed to do anything different from towing a regular jeep. WRONG; After 1500 miles (ca. 2,414 km) of towing a noise began coming from the rear end when I drove it. I took it to a shop, and they thought the noise was coming from the U-Joint, so I replaced it. I quit driving the Jeep and was towing it home to get it repaired. Before I could get home, on the freeway at 70 MPH, the transfer case exploded! It destroyed the transmission and cracked the engine block.

Why would Atlas spend this much time and expense to design this transfer case and not put a pump in it? STUPID! When asked they said; "well Jeeps did not used to put pumps in and nor did Toyota". I guess the answer is they were really saying was they were STUPID so that's why we are STUPID too!

The Jeep is totaled.

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