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Old August 1st, 2013, 07:05 AM   #1
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I have a CJ2A I want to take north to the trails. I am trying to figure out the best way to pull it. I don't have a trailer, or a truck to pull it, so that really isn't an option.

My question is what do you think about flat towing it or using a car dolly behind a TJ? TJ is rated for 2,000 lbs, the Willys is about 2200 I believe. Flat towing seems to be the best option however the loose steering concerns me a bit.

A car dolly seems like it would require more effort on the TJ.
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Don't do it. Save for a bigger vehicle to flat tow.
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You'll be fine flat towing it.
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I don't even know if I would flat tow. You have a drivetrain that couldn't make it past 55 because it was geared so low, and now you want to flat tow it up I-75? I would dolly it at the very least.
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I don't even know if I would flat tow. You have a drivetrain that couldn't make it past 55 because it was geared so low, and now you want to flat tow it up I-75? I would dolly it at the very least.
Drivetrain would be in neutral so gears don't matter, and he's on the west side so it's probably US131 that he'd be towing up. I've seen much scarier stuff being pulled up 131
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I'd do it, keep it around 55-60mph.
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Pull the rear drive shaft take your time going up and enjoy.
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Pull the rear drive shaft take your time going up and enjoy.
YEs...otherwise you will smoke the transfer case. (Also make sure transfer case is in N) I use to flat tow mine to the Keewanaw w/an XJ, no problems. They do sometimes feel a little squirrly on roads where the lanes have depressions like a two-track....the narrow Willys width causes it to wander between the "ruts". Drive defensive, especially when braking.

With the TJ having a shorter wheel base also be careful of the Willys "pushing" the rear-end thru the corners....like when turning onto a side street...especially if sand is on the road and going downhill. Don't ask how I know...I was young...flat towing w/another Jeep.
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I vote no. I flat towed a CJ behind 1/2 ton Chevy and said I would never do it again.going straight is easy, its any evasive turning that can make you crash and backing up is about impossible. I went just a little too fast around a corner and almost ended up in a ditch. Cant imagine flat towing with a TJ.
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I should add some more details about my plan. I am North of Grand Rapids and would be towing to Grayling area. My plan was to take 66 up so I could easily go 50 or so the entire way.
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I wouldnt tow it across town with TJ.
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Trade vehicles with friend for the weekend? My tow rig is my parents yukon... swap vehicles when I need it. Why put gas into a truck for a dd when you can borrow it full and return it on e! :)
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I don't even know if I would flat tow. You have a drivetrain that couldn't make it past 55 because it was geared so low, and now you want to flat tow it up I-75? I would dolly it at the very least.


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YEs...otherwise you will smoke the transfer case. (Also make sure transfer case is in N) I use to flat tow mine to the Keewanaw w/an XJ, no problems. They do sometimes feel a little squirrly on roads where the lanes have depressions like a two-track....the narrow Willys width causes it to wander between the "ruts". Drive defensive, especially when braking.

With the TJ having a shorter wheel base also be careful of the Willys "pushing" the rear-end thru the corners....like when turning onto a side street...especially if sand is on the road and going downhill. Don't ask how I know...I was young...flat towing w/another Jeep.
I have at least a thousand miles of flat towing my flatfender with the driveshaft in. I have not smoked a case from flat towing yet. The case has also been apart to be inspected/reseal leaks many times and never any additional wear. Hell I even tow it at 65-70mph on I75.

It will tow behind the TJ fine, but your likely going to need to go slower. If it was only a couple hours drive I would likely do it and just reduce my speed accordingly. Hook it up, flat tow it 30 miles and see how it handles. If it handles like shit then don't do it.

If you don't tow it like an idiot and remember what is behind you you probably will be OK.

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You've got to have a friend, coworker, or family member with a 1/2 ton or better truck/SUV....why not see if you can borrow it? Fill the gas tank and buy them a case of beer as a thank you. If they have a trailer use that, or rent a U-Haul car trailer for cheap. Or rent a U-Haul box truck and put the flattie inside it. Be creative, there are plenty of options better than flat towing with a TJ. Can it work? Sure. Is it a good idea? I seriously doubt it.
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Yeah, if you don't have a one ton dually, you seriously shouldn't tow anything. Make sure your dually is a cumminGs with stacks
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I do not know anyone on the west side of the state that has a truck. I am from the east side of the state and don't really know anyone out here. I could borrow a truck on the east side but by time I do that I might as well just rent a uhaul. I did consider doing that. However, I was hoping to have both jeeps up there which is why I wanted to drive mine.
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I do not know anyone on the west side of the state that has a truck. I am from the east side of the state and don't really know anyone out here. I could borrow a truck on the east side but by time I do that I might as well just rent a uhaul. I did consider doing that. However, I was hoping to have both jeeps up there which is why I wanted to drive mine.
just flat tow it, you'll be fine, these pansies have no sense of adventure anymore
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I checked out uhaul and it looks like about $350 each way. I plan to pull it up in early fall and bring it back late fall. $700 isn't worth it to me.
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