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Old July 21st, 2009, 09:29 PM   #1
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Hey guys, anyone experienced knwo for sure what gears i keep the jeep in. Do i keep transfercase in neutral and put trans in 1st! Thats what iv heard but want to double check! Thanks
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Old July 22nd, 2009, 12:27 AM   #2
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T-case in neutral.

Flat towing a vehicle sucks ass. I know you are doing it because you don't have a trailer but I would suggest you save up for one. Be careful with sharp turns and stopping. Don't even think of trying to back up while the towed vehicle is hooked up.

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Old July 22nd, 2009, 12:39 AM   #3
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you can rent one for 50 bucks go to mtec of some random rental place uhaul and such
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Old July 22nd, 2009, 01:02 AM   #4
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depends on the trans and t case. most are like you say but some still aren't supposed to be towed more then 50 miles do to lack of oiling, if it was me and when i flat towed i took the extra 20 min and pulled the axle side part of the shaft and taped up the u joints so the caps didn't fall off and wired it really good so i didn't have to worry about cooking a trans because i didn't want to pull 8 bolts
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from the blogs i have read if you put the t/case in neutral "obviously" and trans in 5th it gets the oil distributed throught the trans from the oil slinger or something along those lines and i only have to go 4 hours stopping at west brand for 20 minutes. So 2 on break and 2 more to mackinaw. Hopefully this works, we tried it out yesterday with my self rigging and it turned out pretty damn good with turning, breaking, and everything else along those lines. I believe with my brand new wheel bearings, heavy duty tie rod and drag link this will be as simple as abc's, but ill knock on wood at the same time! Thanks for you opinions and ill post some pics from the youper trip and back trails of 1000 miles!!!
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depends on the trans and t case. most are like you say but some still aren't supposed to be towed more then 50 miles do to lack of oiling, if it was me and when i flat towed i took the extra 20 min and pulled the axle side part of the shaft and taped up the u joints so the caps didn't fall off and wired it really good so i didn't have to worry about cooking a trans because i didn't want to pull 8 bolts
X2 how hard is it to pull the shafts? It's your ass and money if you jack shit up cause you to lazy to pull the shafts. I rather be to careful then anything. To many wicked stories.
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X2 how hard is it to pull the shafts? It's your ass and money if you jack shit up cause you to lazy to pull the shafts. I rather be to careful then anything. To many wicked stories.
x$75 for a junk case and multiple man hours to rebuild the exploded one....

If I can offer you any advice at all for flat towing it's this,

FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS GOOD AND HOLY, PULL THE DRIVE SHAFTS!

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When I went to pull the t-case out of the jeep, I literally pulled the case out in 2 pieces. It fell apart in half.

Story:
Cruising north on I-75 at about 65 miles per hour, the t-case jumped into gear and EXPLODED the t-case in half. At first, I thought it was a bearing failure, but they were all good. It hit so hard, that it actually bent the front output shaft, which I thought was pretty impressive considering it's over an inch thick and only about 6 inches long.

Pulling the driveshafts will take you 20 minutes, it's only 4 bolts at each yoke and you can bungee or zip tie them up.

This one ended my wheeling trip before it began, bummer for the kids who spent about 6 hours in the jeep and didn't get to wheel.
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Yeah I remember when you did this, you are who I always refer to when people ask about flat towing.

Hard lesson learned right there!
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Buy a trailer.
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Pull the shaft, ^^^ I ahve a trailer for rent///
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pull the shafts
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i use a car dollay and pull the rear shaft.

we got a brand new dolly for 800 bucks a couple years back, and use it all the time. worth every penny
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I use two car dollies
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Yeah I remember when you did this, you are who I always refer to when people ask about flat towing.

Hard lesson learned right there!
You ain't shittin' I brought the fail hard for that trip. It was one of those, "I don't need to pull the shafts, I've never had a problem......" things. It was helpful in explaining to the wife why I needed to buy a car hauler.

I won't ever flat tow again and now I don't have ta!
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i use a car dollay and pull the rear shaft.

we got a brand new dolly for 800 bucks a couple years back, and use it all the time. worth every penny
I bought my car hauler off craigs list for $700, put another $125 in registration and new lights and I'm golden now. Some people swear by car dollies and to each their own, but it's alot of money you can use towards of car hauler. They are much smaller to store though.
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Blowing up a t-case does suck

94 YJ and 00 TJ

Flat towed behind the RV for combined thousands of miles.

Auto trans in Park, T-case in neutral, key in "on" position on the 94 (Owners Manual Instructions)

Manual trans in 1st, T-case in neutral, key in "on" position on the 00 (Owners Manual Instructions)

Never had any problems.

We have towed it behind a Durango and the Commander. Durango did OK, except braking was over taxed. Commander, well, I won't be doing that again.

The RV was a Class A weighing in at 17,500# dry.
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