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Old July 12th, 2006, 08:09 PM   #1
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Does the vehicle being flat towed have to be registered or have a license plate? Any way to hook up one of the universal tow bars to an XJ?
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Old July 12th, 2006, 08:21 PM   #2
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Technicly (sp) yes, but a lot of guys I know do it with out a plate and never get bothered. The truck being towed is considered a trailer I would think. Just my .02
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Old July 14th, 2006, 11:37 AM   #3
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Are you talking just to get it home ? or long term use ? long term use.. get a trailer
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On an XJ, you'd really need to get some solid mounts like the way tow hooks are bolted on.

There's a good amount of stress on the brackets when tow bar-ing. Had one snap off the frame on my CJ-3a when we were mowing it, that wasn't fun.

BTW, do you still need a tow bar? I have one on there flattie, I think its a 5000lb universal draw tite.. I'd have to go get it(the jeeps in the barn near Lapeer) but I don't need it anymore...
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My understanding is that if any of the wheels are on the pavement, it must be titled, plated, and insured. If it is completely loaded on a trailer, it is just cargo. But, the trailer must be plated.
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On an XJ, you'd really need to get some solid mounts like the way tow hooks are bolted on.

There's a good amount of stress on the brackets when tow bar-ing. Had one snap off the frame on my CJ-3a when we were mowing it, that wasn't fun.

BTW, do you still need a tow bar? I have one on there flattie, I think its a 5000lb universal draw tite.. I'd have to go get it(the jeeps in the barn near Lapeer) but I don't need it anymore...

Sorry to but in like this, but are you looking to get rid of a tow bar? If so Im looking for one to flat tow my CJ5.
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My understanding is that if any of the wheels are on the pavement, it must be titled, plated, and insured. If it is completely loaded on a trailer, it is just cargo. But, the trailer must be plated.
X2!!!! Last time a friend and I flat towed a non insured car, the cops stopped us and called a wrecker. We were less than a mile from my friends house, the destination, and were only on back roads.
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X2!!!! Last time a friend and I flat towed a non insured car, the cops stopped us and called a wrecker. We were less than a mile from my friends house, the destination, and were only on back roads.
we used a chain and pickup truck to drag an firebird home to buddy's house. drug it through 2 towns with no problems.. no plates, no insurance. hll no brake lights..
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Sorry to but in like this, but are you looking to get rid of a tow bar? If so Im looking for one to flat tow my CJ5.
In the next week or two, I'll get up there and get it. I'll post something when I do..
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no a plate is not required . we impound cars for the law with no plates but there allowed to tow them out by legal means , which would include a tow bar .
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Thanks for the offer Jesus , but it looks like I won't be getting the XJ anyways. I can't find a place to store it when it's not being wheeled.

Thanks for all the answers everyone.
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