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Old March 3rd, 2008, 09:39 AM   #21
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use the duramax, it is smarter and much safer.

you'll kick yourself in the ass for trying to tow with a 1/4 ton truck when your trans is fried and you're stranded on the side of the road.
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Old March 3rd, 2008, 09:55 AM   #22
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So let me get this straight a transmission cooler helps your motor run cool?
If you run cooler fluid through the tranny portion of the radiator I could see this making "some" difference.

However I think what the poster was trying to say was that he added an auxillary trans cooler. He also never had a problem with the motor getting hot. I don't think that he was saying the trans cooler kept his motor forom getting hot.
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first off thanks for the responses ... and it is a non zr2 and it does have a fully boxed frame ... im just curious if i should put a trans cooler on it and if i do what size should i go with i plan on getting a trans temp gauge and some other guage dunno what yet as the guage pod fits 2 guages ... and as for the squatting i know how that goes ive loaded a pallet 2 high with simi batteries in it and it had about 2" of play so i plan on getting helper leafs for it or maybe air shocks ... dunno whats better for the money

Get the biggest trans cooler you can afford/fit under the hood, route the line into the aftermarket cooler then back into the radiator internal cooler. You dont want cold trany fluid just as you dont want too hot fluid.

as for load leveling check out truckspring.com and see if they make a timbren rubber spring for your truck. i have them on my 1ton and I know plenty of people who use them to haul RVs and they really work nice with zero maintenance unlike air shocks/air springs etc.

190hp/250tq is plenty of power for light duty flat land towing.
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so could i do it with a dual axel flat bed or should i still stick with the tow dolly?
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I tow with my 01' Jimmy ZR2. I have a trans cooler, a B&M Shift plus, and Airshocks. I use to have AAL's in, but it rode like a tank, and I dont tow that much. Go with Shackels and Airshocks like I did. Works out well, and I can adjust the PSI in the shocks to take care of the sag. Mine tows great. All I usally tow with it is a smaller encosed sled trailer with 2 sleds in it, or my grandpa's jet boat Pulls it like a champ, the boat being heavier is a little harder on the truck, but it still handle's it well. Just be carefull when stopping or in the wind due to the short wheel base. Always tow in 3rd too, so it doesnt damage your trans. I tow that sled trailer in 3rd at 70mph down the E way and get decent mileage, it didnt drop as much as I though it was.
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I tow with my 01' Jimmy ZR2. I have a trans cooler, a B&M Shift plus, and Airshocks. I use to have AAL's in, but it rode like a tank, and I dont tow that much. Go with Shackels and Airshocks like I did. Works out well, and I can adjust the PSI in the shocks to take care of the sag. Mine tows great. All I usally tow with it is a smaller encosed sled trailer with 2 sleds in it, or my grandpa's jet boat Pulls it like a champ, the boat being heavier is a little harder on the truck, but it still handle's it well. Just be carefull when stopping or in the wind due to the short wheel base. Always tow in 3rd too, so it doesnt damage your trans. I tow that sled trailer in 3rd at 70mph down the E way and get decent mileage, it didnt drop as much as I though it was.
what you are towing is about 1/2 the weight of the truck he wants to pull, big difference.

and i'm not sure all of what you said is 100% truth since you cant remember what kind of vehicle you have. the ZR2 package was only available on the s-10 pickup and blazer on the GMC sonoma it was called the highrider package and none of those 2 options (the same thing) were available on the jimmy.
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Buddy tow dollied a '93 blazer from silver lake to home with his '89?? 2.8L GM truck....it made it the 4 hours home...
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use the duramax, it is smarter and much safer.

you'll kick yourself in the ass for trying to tow with a 1/4 ton truck when your trans is fried and you're stranded on the side of the road.


S-10 are not 1/4 tons they are a 1/2 ton. Done a lot of reading on them for years and wanted on for a first vehicle and that what I got. I am now on my 2nd and still have my First one.
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what you are towing is about 1/2 the weight of the truck he wants to pull, big difference.

and i'm not sure all of what you said is 100% truth since you cant remember what kind of vehicle you have. the ZR2 package was only available on the s-10 pickup and blazer on the GMC Sonoma it was called the highrider package and none of those 2 options (the same thing) were available on the jimmy.

Also the Sonoma was called a the ZR2 after 98 before that it was the Highrider before that. They did have it on the Jimmy's you just dont see it all that often.

I have only seen two or three and the were a custom order from the factory with 5 speeds.
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what you are towing is about 1/2 the weight of the truck he wants to pull, big difference.

and i'm not sure all of what you said is 100% truth since you cant remember what kind of vehicle you have. the ZR2 package was only available on the s-10 pickup and blazer on the GMC sonoma it was called the highrider package and none of those 2 options (the same thing) were available on the jimmy.
yes they did have the ZR2 (Highrider) in the Jimmy! Just because you haven't seen one don't mean it doesn't exist!
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yes they did have the ZR2 (Highrider) in the Jimmy! Just because you haven't seen one don't mean it doesn't exist!
i stand corrected, apparently there were a very limited number of them in canada only.
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Not that it matters since a "boxed frame" or ZR2 package isnt going to make a bit of fukcing difference with what he's trying to tow.


BTW I assumed this was an s15 Jimmy the OP is talking about - i would throw it on a shorty car hauler and see how is does/what you need to improve. If its a C/K R/V jimmy/blazer then get a different tow vehicle
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Buddy tow dollied a '93 blazer from silver lake to home with his '89?? 2.8L GM truck....it made it the 4 hours home...
Towed cars with my '86 2.8 powered XJ for 3 years. After using that, it makes the 4.3 Blazer feel like a 454 one ton!
Never once did I have a problem with trans or engine heat with the XJ, just didn't stop worth a damn!!!
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Hell, me and my buddy used to use a 93 ext astro van to tow. it did great, but after the 350 swap it did wayyy better.
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what you are towing is about 1/2 the weight of the truck he wants to pull, big difference.

and i'm not sure all of what you said is 100% truth since you cant remember what kind of vehicle you have. the ZR2 package was only available on the s-10 pickup and blazer on the GMC sonoma it was called the highrider package and none of those 2 options (the same thing) were available on the jimmy.
I bet that 17' 6 passanger jetboat, full of gas(30gal tank), with gear, v-6 Murc OMC in the boat, I bet the weight loaded with the trailer, is reasonably pretty close to what a jimmy would on a lighter car hauler or a tow dolly. The boat's dry weight is close to 1500lbs alone. Now the sled trailer, I agree, its not no where near as heavy obviosly, but it does pull ALOT of wind being a enclosed. Not splittin hairs, just saying what is workin for me, what I haul with it, and how my Jimmy handles it. Which is fine for me, doesnt even get that bad of gas milage when towing. Did it do as well as my 2000 1/2 Silverado when towing? No. Does my jimmy work better for me everyday, and get better gas milage all around...yes. So thats why I bought it, becasue the little I tow a trailer, as least my Jimmy can handle it, and I would say that he would be fine, as long as he has a good trans cooler, and maybe some upgrades to the rear suspension to make it not sag to bad, and to make it handle better when hauling. If I was him, I would find a tow dolly or something lighter to reduce weight.

And for the record, I dont know what mine is. Honestly I have been told that over a few times. Its definally a ZR2 frame/rearend/everything, and the body is a GMC Jimmy. Even the dealership couldnt figure it out. Its not a Canada truck, and it shows in the GM computer that it was a 2wd which its not. Their and my only guess is that it was wrecked or something and another body put on the frame. I have no clue at this point, but it doesnt matter to me, its still everything a ZR2 is, down to the sideplates and the rims(which by the way are the chevy zr2 rims, it thows it off right there) and runs like a champ and works well for me. I didnt realize it when I bought it, and didnt do my research first, if I had I probley wouldnt have bought it, it was one of those spur of the moment thing. Sorry to hijack the tread for a sec, but I guess I have to explain things and back them up to be considered 100% truthful in my posts.
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well monte if any thing you got a sweet lil jimmy lol i like it
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i stand corrected, apparently there were a very limited number of them in canada only.
that could be, I've only seen a few in the states, but they do exist.
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First off why do you want to pull a car dolly. No brakes on that. Then your going to put a vehicle that is equal if not heavier then the vehicle to pull it on the dolley.

I think your asking for a disaster. Your 2.5 hour trip may turn into a 5 hour trip because your going to have to go slow.

My suggestion get a bigger truck to pull that jimmy.
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If the Blazer is like most Jeep 4x4s, which it probably is since they used similar transfer cases, you shouldn't use a dolly anyways unless you remove the rear driveshaft. Then you may lose your tcase fluid because the driveshaft seals the output. Most 4x4's should be Flat-Towed or Trailered, not put on a dolly.
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well monte if any thing you got a sweet lil jimmy lol i like it
Thanks. I like it too. Thats why I bought it so quick.
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