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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-20-2000, 09:41 AM
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Pulling CJ with truck

is it possible to pull a CJ behind a truck without removing the driveshafts or is it ok to? an 86 CJ

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Re: Pulling CJ with truck

86 has the Dana 300 Tcase and due to the lubrication being accomplished through the input side it is not reccommended to flat tow without removing the drive shaft.
Several people have towed for short distances with no issues, but if I were running the 300 I would not do it to mine.
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Re: Pulling CJ with truck

The driveshafts contiue to turn the output gears in the Dana300, and you can burn out your transfer case as the gears don't self lube except under power. The work around is to pull the rear driveshaft or to stop about every 200 miles and run the CJ around a bit to re-lube the transfer case. If you're going to do a lot of towing, check out the article "Super Dana300", in:

4WD and Sport Utility, Jun 2000 issue, Page 82

The article describes welding tabs on the gearing to dip into the oil and sling it about so it continues to cool during tows. Then you don't have to pull the driveshaft.

I've also see some of that chemical additives that claim to help oil "cling" to gears... I wonder if that would work to help the oil creep up the output gearing and keep the gears cooled? On second thought ... weld on the tabs!

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Re: Pulling CJ with truck

just thinking out loud...what would happen if you would over-fill the t-case with fluid, just for the towing? so the oil level would be high enough that the gears self lube? like i said just thinking out loud.

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Re: Pulling CJ with truck

I have been towing my CJ with the 300 for several years now with no problem. Before I hook up to leave I drive the CJ until everything is up to normal temp; this makes sure the x-case oil is warmed up and gotten the bearing well oiled. Tri-County makes a part you can put in that fixes the oiling problem but if you are that worried about it just pull the drive shaft.

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Re: Pulling CJ with truck

If you "clock" your D300 that solves the oiling "problem". Just remember
to put the t-case in neutral and the tranny in gear.

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Re: Pulling CJ with truck

Leve,

I remember reading that article, but it doesn't show exactly where to weld the tabs or paddles. Anyone out there done it that can describe exactly where the paddles get welded. Also, I was wondering if that weakens the shaft?

I was planning on clocking the case and welding those paddles on. Maybe just the clocking would take care of it.





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Re: Pulling CJ with truck

I agree about the welding of the tabs... but a small spot weld would do the trick with little harm... But why do all that work? I really like the idea of clocking the trnasfercase and gain that extra ground clearance... I can't think of a downside. Now I've learned two things today! Green things grow, ripe things rot.

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Re: Pulling CJ with truck

how about putting manual lockout hubs on the rear axle? I think I have seen a few rigs setup with this for towing purposes..

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Re: Pulling CJ with truck

I just got my hands a stock 83 CJ-7 and I have been researching towing for 2 weeks. The more expensive option is to install a full-floater rear axle kit for the AMC 20. Warn makes one and it costs around 600 bucks. This gives you manual locking hubs in the rear. I really don't want to do this and I'm usually going to be towing only 70 miles. My questions are: I have a 4 speed...do I just put he transmission in 4th gear and put the transfer case in neutral? Why? Second Question: Do I lock the front hubs or unlock them? Third question: What do I do with the steering wheel? Bungy it into the straight position?

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