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Pulling more than manufacturer's recommendation?

Discussion in 'Towing' started by wkryssing, Jun 23, 2017.

  1. Jun 23, 2017 at 1:42 PM
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    wkryssing

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    Hello,

    I just recently bought my first jeep. Its a 2014 Jeep wrangler sport 3.21 gears with 47,000 miles.

    Few questions, Can I tow my 2,700 pound boat with the jeep geared with 3.21 gear ratio? Manufacturer's recommendation says no more than 2000lbs but does it really matter?

    Also, this will be a daily driver. I do not want to get a lift. I want to get daily driving wheels with a wider stance. What do you recommend and what brand?

    Thanks
     
  2. Jun 23, 2017 at 2:43 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine Moderator

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    Welcome! The tow rating is pretty important to abide by. If you get a transmission cooler, and better gears, you could push it to tow your boat, but as is, I wouldn't do it often, or for long distance.
     
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  3. Jun 24, 2017 at 1:48 PM
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    what will happen? it would be about a 2-3 hour round trip to the lake and back
     
  4. Jun 24, 2017 at 2:55 PM
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    • Chris is right! Towing beyond manufacturer's recommendation is never a good idea. Proper gearing, trans cooler go a long way for safe towing. Consider brake upgrades even for "short" trips.
     
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  5. Jun 24, 2017 at 8:05 PM
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    Also non tow package differentials use 80w90 gear oil, with the tow package it moves to 80w140, might be tough with on the gears with the excess strain with a lighter gear oil.
     
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  6. Oct 4, 2017 at 7:31 AM
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    Manufacturers recommendations (even VIN specific info) from the website/owners manual/salesman can be deceptive as well for instance they may not clearly advertise the payload with optional equipment added or the GVWR with certain trims. Find the tire and loading placard on the door frame and that will be the most accurate information. If you tow over that capacity you will likely do some damage to the vehicle.
     
  7. Oct 4, 2017 at 9:54 AM
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    Welcome! Good information for safe towing. Best to follow manufacturer tow specifications for your specific vehicle.
     
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  8. Oct 4, 2017 at 11:14 AM
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    chris4x4

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    Welcome aboard!
     
  9. Oct 4, 2017 at 7:04 PM
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    Welcome to the forum. Some awesome info posted.
    Always best to follow Manufactures specics. As aggrex has pointed out.
     
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  10. Aug 5, 2018 at 5:16 AM
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    JoeInOh

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    I know this is an old thread but it is good info. Maybe it is an old wives tale, but I have alway been told to limit your tow loads to 80% of your vehicle's capacity to account for aging, emergency conditions and miscalculations.
     
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