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Old 01-31-2016, 09:59 AM   #1
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1995 Jeep Cherokee 2WD Towable????

Buying a used MH and want to tow our 1995 Jeep Cherokee 2WD manual tranny. Can I tow this vehicle with a 2 wheel tow dolly? I can not find a answer on this site or the web. I have no owners manual for the cherokee. I'm thinking I can tow it with the rear wheels on the dolly. Any thoughts are appreciated.

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Old 01-31-2016, 01:03 PM   #2
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The owner's manual will say that you can't tow a 2wd Cherokee on the rear axle. You would either need a driveshaft disconnect or dolly tow with the rear end on the dolly. BTW, if you search on web, you should be able to find a downloadable copy of the owner's manual. I have one for my 2000 Cherokee, but I don't recall the source.
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Old 01-31-2016, 01:14 PM   #3
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Just had a thought! Why not go to a junkyard and get a transfer case and have it installed. You don't need a front axle to tow it 4 down. I've actually taken the front axle shafts out of my Cherokee (busted u-joints or spider gears) and flat towed it from NH to FL several times. I had no drivetrain problems doing it.
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And every dolly manufacturer says not to tow backwards. Also the steering gear is not set up for a vehicle to be towed backwards.
I see it done but would never do it myself.
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You should be able to google a users manual online. And Google "Dinghy Towing Guide" but not sure how far back they go.
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Since it is a manual transmission, just put it in Neutral and go. Either flat tow or front wheels on a dolly. I would change the trans and rear axle fluids so you know they are fresh and full.
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Since it is a manual transmission, just put it in Neutral and go. Either flat tow or front wheels on a dolly. I would change the trans and rear axle fluids so you know they are fresh and full.
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In some cases with manual transmissions, its is NOT PERMISSIBLE to flat tow. There are some manual trannies out there that do not lube certain bearings and shafts properly unless the input shaft is spinning, from the engine. At present, I cannot actually present any form of a list, of which stick trannies that cannot be flat towed. The OP has basically two options in this part.

1. He can do more searching on line for an owners manual or, maybe even try a Jeep dealer (highly unlikely they'd have anything)
2. Go to either a Jeep dealership or, any reputable transmission service center and ask a tech, who knows that particular transmission, if it would be OK to flat tow it.

I don't know if I'd just "take a chance" and hook it up and tow it, just because it's a stick tranny and, in the old days, you could tow them. But, things have changed and, there's a few dozen stick transmissions out there in various cars/trucks/Suvs etc, that may, or may not be allowed to flat tow.
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Just had a thought! Why not go to a junkyard and get a transfer case and have it installed. You don't need a front axle to tow it 4 down. I've actually taken the front axle shafts out of my Cherokee (busted u-joints or spider gears) and flat towed it from NH to FL several times. I had no drivetrain problems doing it.

This could work if the manual transmission is found to be not flat towable. One does not need a front driveshaft. Any good Jeep shop can readily do the work. You will need the rear driveshaft from a donor Cherokee as well, as its shorter than the one you have currently.
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Scott, you are right to urge caution.
I was repeating what I had read on one of the Jeep forums at some point in the past. So I did a bit more forum surfing and only found conflicting info concerning towing the 2WD, manual setup.

To the OP, The_Woods:
I actually found an Owner's Manual online but it only details recreation towing for the 4WD models with no mention at all for the 2WD configuration.
http://www.saharasafaris.org/files/c...nersmanual.pdf
One option would be to pull the driveshaft during towing but that is a real inconvenience. Maybe trade your 2-door 2WD for a 4WD model. The 2 doors are in demand in the XJ world.

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Try to find your owners manual here...www/justgivemethedamnmanual.com
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