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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-17-2002, 03:58 PM
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Flat towing a Jeep Rubicon

I'm planning on getting a Jeep Rubicon and wanted to know what is involved in "flat" towing it behind my F-250. I'll be towing it 100-200 miles one way at highway speeds. I know I have to get a tow bar, but will towing it this far hurt the Jeep? Thanks!
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Re: Flat towing a Jeep Rubicon

<font color="red"> PULL the drive line, [img]images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] PULL the drive line, [img]images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]PULL the drive line [img]images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]</font color>
Can't say that enough, [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img] I experienced a very costly situation buy towing my YJ with 231, 164 miles. So I will say again <font color="red"> PULL the drive line</font color>

enough said!!!!!!!!!! [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
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Re: Flat towing a Jeep Rubicon

get a trailer or car caddy and keep all 4 wheels off the ground. You spent the $$ on the Rubicon and are gonna tow it instead of driving, buy the carrier
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Re: Flat towing a Jeep Rubicon

I don't know about the 4:1 low tcase, but other TJs are fine towing without removing the driveline. The normal TJ tcase lubricates the bearings while the earlier YJ version did not.

Pulling the drivelines is obviously a safe bet and with the stock fixed yoke in the rear, you don't have to worry about the slip yoke coming out and losing all of your fluid.

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Re: Flat towing a Jeep Rubicon

After spending all that money, I would pull the drive line... Just to be safe. They don't give those things away.
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Re: Flat towing a Jeep Rubicon

After spending all that money, what is an extra $500-$800 to get a used 16' car trailer? I'd get a trailer, that way if you brake something on the trail, you can push/pull/drag the Jeep back on the trailer and get it home.
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Re: Flat towing a Jeep Rubicon

I don't really want to pull a trailer. It's added weight, plus if you get into snow or ice it can be pretty tricky. If you flat tow, just unhook the Jeep and drive it through the ice/snow. I've been debating getting a Tacoma or Jeep. One reason I was leaning toward the Jeep was being able to flat tow it. The Tacoma cannot be flat towed per the owners manual.
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Um. Where you from? Your profile doesn't say.

What type of wheeling do you plan on doing? What kind of tires will the jeep have?
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I'm Georgia and the Jeep will be "stock".
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Re: Flat towing a Jeep Rubicon

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The normal TJ tcase lubricates the bearings while the earlier YJ version did not.

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Huh? Are you sure about this? I know the T-case was modified in '92/'93 so "neutral" didn't lock the front and rear axles together, but to my knowledge it still lubricated fine. Are you thinking of the D300?

The early YJ T-case, when in neutral, used to lock the front and rear driveshafts together, which put excess drag on the Jeep while flat towing it. It was modified so when in neutral, only the rear driveshaft rotated. Suzuki Samurai T-cases are the same as the old YJ design, despite bing gear driven, and it's a PITA as it loosens the driveshaft bolts over long distances. I prefer to just unhook the driveshaft when towing over 100 miles.
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