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    ok would a jeep I6 be able to pull a a trailer that could hold an ATV(roughly 400-500lb) and a dune buggy(roughly 500-1klb) this is really the only thing stopping me from buying a wrangler, because i figure that with all that weight in the back and the short wheelbase that the thing would struggle and lift its front wheels off the grouns as i tried to go up hill(very very baad)
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    The 4.0 with standard or auto tranny will tow 2000lbs.
    The 2.5 with standard tranny will tow 2000lbs.
    The 2.5 with auto tranny will tow 1000lbs.

    This is according to DC. I know for a fact ppl have towed more.
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    ok, well i guess ill be getting a jeep if i can yank the things around.

    the apolstry in a wrangler isnt cheap feeling is it???
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    I have pulled a 6500 pound boat with mine. Trailer brakes are noce when you tow anything heavy with something lite like a Jeep.

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    Its not a lack of power or brakes that limit the Wranglers towing ability, its the short wheelbase. A SWB Jeep just isn't long enough to keep a heavy load behind it, the trailor will tend to want to get in front the jeep, a bad thing when driving.

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    thats why i was hesitant because i didnt want anything like that to happen
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    You will be just fine towing what you have described. I've towed a 3000 lb. boat without trailer brakes many time, many miles. As long as you don't have too much, or too little, tongue weight, then you will be just fine. HTH
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    I moved a 29' Powerquest with twin 454s that weighed 10,000 LBS. That was only about 50 feet, but come on, it was like the worlds strongest man contest. In all seriousness I move two jet skis all over the beautiful state of Michigan.

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    <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Andrew the man:
    ok, well i guess ill be getting a jeep if i can yank the things around.

    the apolstry in a wrangler isnt cheap feeling is it???
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    I dont think the upholstery is "cheap" feeling, its actually a little to "fancy" for my taste. Its not super fancy like a cadillac or anything, just the typical new car upholstery.
    Go to the dealership and take a look at one.

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    <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Andrew the man:
    ok, well i guess ill be getting a jeep if i can yank the things around.

    the apolstry in a wrangler isnt cheap feeling is it???
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    What happened to the S10 Blazer you were gonna buy last week?

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    I agree with JimmyTJ. Keep the weight down and you'll be ok. With my 87 Wrangler, I've towed a 500 lb trailer with a lawn tractor(not sure of it's weight) several times and with a 750 lb motorcycle on it a few times with no problems.
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    <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Timmo:
    Originally posted by Andrew the man:
    ok, well i guess ill be getting a jeep if i can yank the things around.

    the apolstry in a wrangler isnt cheap feeling is it???
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    What happened to the S10 Blazer you were gonna buy last week?

    Duh Tim, that was so 10 minutes ago. By now, Andrew is likely combing through old issues of cycle magazine looking for a crotch rocket to tow his funny car.

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    OK, here's the Deal, as I have come to see it, at least. When it comes to trailering, power is important. But what's more important is control. Like the one guy said a Wrangler could easily tow 5 tons around a parking lot (as long as the tongue weight wasn't too much) but it would never be able to control it on real roads. In the same respect an F-350 Dually with a Diesel could probably move 30,000 lbs, but IT woulnd't be able to control that much, so it's max safe towing capicity is probably around 5 or 6 tons. And thats why it has those dual wheels, control.
    So just because the Wrangler has about the same drivetrain as a Grand Cherokee with the same engine, it's towing capacity is less than half because it's just not big enough to control it. So... if you plan to be towing close to the capacity of the truck, make sure you have your trailer well balanced to avoid problems such as swaying, which can be very dangerous. And look into a trailer brakes as well. The owners manual actually gives very specific information in this respect. I know I have repeated some things people allready said, but that is because they are important. Good luck!


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    hey guys, get off my back here, you know how many possible choices i have??? its insane, that why i keep asking about several different things
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    Andrew, i understand that ppl raggin pisses ya off, but what about all the ppl that give constructive replys? "Thanks for the help/advice", or a simple "Thanks" would be nice. I dont see you do that to much.

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    <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by CrazyTJ01:
    Andrew, i understand that ppl raggin pisses ya off, but what about all the ppl that give constructive replys? "Thanks for the help/advice", or a simple "Thanks" would be nice. I dont see you do that to much.

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    He has asked the same question about ten times, and keeps getting the same answers. I don't call that ragging. He should do a search on the subject, he will find tons of replies from the first ten times he asked the question.
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    <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Jeepz4Ever:
    You will be just fine towing what you have described. I've towed a 3000 lb. boat without trailer brakes many time, many miles. As long as you don't have too much, or too little, tongue weight, then you will be just fine. HTH</font>
    BAD advice! This kind of crap just bugs the crap out of me, someone passing along bad advice just because he does it and so far, has gotten away with it. The Wrangler's short wheelbase prevents it from safely towing anything much over 2,000 lbs. even though its driveline is more than capable of towing it. The 2,000 lb. safe towing limit is a realistic safe limit for the Wrangler, it's not an unrealistically low tow weight limit that some paranoid junior Chrysler attorney dreamed up.



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    Right on the money Bransford...........

    Jot this down, Im agreeing with you.

    Just because you can doesnt mean you should.
    Trailering is serious **** and a TJ is not an ideal vehicle for those duties. Can it be done YES, would it be a vehicle of choice NO.
    SWB's suck for trailering jobs, especially if you have a highly mod'ded vehicle

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    6000lbs---cautious/common sense/dana44 with synthetic
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    5000 lbs---common sense/dana44 with synthetic
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    4000 lbs---common sense/some college physics
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