This pictures has been driving me nuts.
An Unlimited with tow package is supposed to be a 3,500lb max towing capacity.
Here is what I see in the picture.
-Early CJ5 with a curb weight of about 2,300lbs.
-Flat bed trailer, I see published weights of 1,300 to 2,000 lbs for these. Can anyone identify this specific trailer?
Based on these weights this Jeep is VERY VERY close or over the max towing weight.
-It is also a Sahara(assuming with tow package) so we know it must have 3:73s and not Rubicon 4:10s(or early X).
What do we think the week link is in our towing capacity.
-I know it is not the axles. I have seen normal D44 equiped pickups with much higher tow ratings. The JK D44s are MUCH bigger in nearly every way internally than previous D44s. Moving closer to D60 than old D44s (gears, shafts, bearings, pinion size, ring gear bolt size etc)
I have an old (91 ish) Chevy 1 ton Crew Cab here. It has an 8" thick frame at the thickest point, unboxed (c-channel). The JK is around 6" thick and fully boxed. All the old 3/4 ton Chevys were 6" C-channel. (I have been splicing a couple of old chevys the last couple of years and spent some time with the frames, JK seems WAY stonger than these old trucks).
-Obviously there is the power output of the motor......but there are other similar powered SUVs with much higher tow ratings.
-Trans? Too weak?
-Is it just the squirmy-ness (new word) of the rear coils? (this looks like the #1 weak spot to me).
(I have been thinking obout this a lot lately. I may have to go rescue a Porsche a long way a way and my truck won't be ready for it. I was trying to figure out if I could "get a way with" one, 800 mile tow with a 2,800lb car on a trailer. (35s, 17" wheels, 5:13s, Auto, tow package)