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Old 06-20-2008, 02:19 PM   #15
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David X this is totally out of character for Cool TECh...I have sent a PM requesting them to respond! Ronnie
Thanks Ronnie, I've also sent an e-mail. So far, nothing.
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Old 06-21-2008, 06:20 PM   #16
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So far, nothing.
Success! CoolTechLLC contacted me this afternoon and I went out to the factory. I now have all my JK Tow Harness parts and more. I also bought the UltraMount CB antenna system and the VersaMount clip for the dashboard.

Great people! Great service!
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Old 06-21-2008, 08:30 PM   #17
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I have towed a 1980 cj 4 speed for years, just put in neutral and go. I now have an '07 automatic wrangler unlimited, the book says shift transfer case into neutral, transmission to neutral then to drive to make sure it is disengauged then to park for towing? I noticed in this forum someone else said the same thing, is this correct? Why not put transmission in neutral? Thanks in advance, I just found this forum and I am glad I did!!!
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Old 06-22-2008, 04:07 AM   #18
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Florida Troy, welcome to iRV2.

Even with the transfer case in neutral, there is a possibility that the output shaft of the transmission could be turned by the transfer case via a viscous coupling.

The transmission could be damaged by the lack of lubrication when the output shaft is turned as the transmission pump is driven by the input shaft.

Keeping the transmission in park, as per the manufacturers instructions, prevents any damage.
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Dirk, now I get!!! Thank you for the quick response, I did a test run with the wrangler today, went great!!! Like I said I'm really glad I found this forum!!!
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Old 06-23-2008, 03:09 AM   #20
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Has anyone tried removing the steering wheel locking lug on a JK? I removed the one in my current TJ and it wasn't that hard but I don't have the new one yet. All these electrical issues would be simpler not having to fool with the key.
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Like I said I'm really glad I found this forum!!!
As usual, there will be no charge for the assistance.
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Old 06-23-2008, 04:38 PM   #22
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Need some help!

I just towed my 08' JK back from the RV dealership behind my motor home and noticed that I was registering miles on my trip meter and was suddenly getting 35 miles per gallon on the mileage meter.
I am not sure if it registered to the odometer as I did not check the overall mileage when I hooked up but I had checked the trip meter to see how far it was to the dealership. The gas mileage speaks for itself as I have never seen more than 19 mpg on the meter before.

I definitely had the transfer case in neutral and the auto gear shift in park while towing and had performed a pre departure test to make sure I was in neutral by putting the jeep in drive and tested for movement as the owners manual instructs. The jeep also rolled freely when I got home as I pushed it away from the motor home when I disconnected.

Any ideas? It sure seams as though my transmission would have to turn to accomplish adding miles to the Jeep
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I think I solved my question from the previous post. Apparently I had the key in the on position not ACC.

New Question...Did I damage anything by doing this?
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Right. I had the same problem (earlier post). Position 1 is just enough to unlock the steering wheel. Took a few trips for me to figure this out. All is well with the Cool Tech setup and lighting under all scenarios.

I didn't try the extreme hill again (yet), but I did set the Brake Pro on the lowest settings & seemed to have a much easier time towing and braking.

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It was nice to see the dash display 35mpg due to my error, I should have taken a picture and tried to sell how to accomplish the high MPG

You need to be slightly more intelligent than the equipment you are trying to operate!
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Has anyone tried removing the steering wheel locking lug on a JK? I removed the one in my current TJ and it wasn't that hard but I don't have the new one yet. All these electrical issues would be simpler not having to fool with the key.
I will answer my own question now that I have my new Jeep.

Not easy or maybe not possible, at least with the tools that worked on the TJ. There seem to be some different size "security" style Torx screws holding the ignition assy. on. I have a set of normal sizes and none work. Maybe there is a #35 that I don't have. With "chipped" ignition key there is also an extra gadget in the way plus a lot of plastic covered electrical stuff in the way of getting to the necessary parts.

Darn! It was nice not having to put the key in to tow.
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Well, thanks to all of the knowledge and help I've received here, I'm about ready for my first tow.
I've composed a checklist that I plan to use, particularly at first, and I thought it might also be useful to others.
But before finalizing it, I'd like to get the opinions of the folks here. Is it complete? Orderly? And, very important, are the steps in the correct sequence? Thanks!
Pre-tow checklist

Jeep Wrangler Preparation:
Drive Jeep JK to hook-up spot (3 to 3-1/2 feet) behind motorhome
Write down starting mileage
Write down displayed mpg
Set brake
Shift transmission into "N" (Neutral)
Shift transfer case lever into "N" (Neutral)
Shift automatic transmission into "D" (Drive)
Make sure there is no vehicle movement
Turn JK ignition key to unlocked "OFF" position
Make sure steering wheel turns freely
Shift automatic transmission into "P" (Park)
Set the emergency brake
Chock one wheel

Connecting the RV & the Wrangler:
Attach the base to the Jeep mounts
Verify all baseplate pins, linchpins, and locks
Insert towbar stinger into motorhome hitch receiver
Insert hitchpin and fasten with hitchpin lock or clip
Hold both towbar arms and rotate towbar to vertical
Push release latch, bring arms to horizontal position
Align holes in one arm with holes in base
Attach towbar arm to base with basepin
Secure basepin with lock or linchpin
Align holes in second arm with holes in base
Attach second towbar arm to base with basepin
Secure second basepin with lock or linchpin
Attach safety cables
Plug in electrical wiring

Final checks:
Test taillights, brakelights, turn signals
Be sure steering is unlocked
Be sure key is in unlocked "OFF" position
Be sure transmission is in "P" (Park)
Be sure transfer case is in "N" (Neutral)
Be sure emergency brake is released
Release and open Wrangler hood
Remove IOC fuse from fusebox
Close and lock Wrangler hood
Place IOC fuse in plastic bag
Tie plastic bag to top of steering wheel using red cloth flag
Verify that second Jeep key is outside of vehicle
Lock Jeep Wrangler door
Remove the wheel chock

Immediately after pulling away:
Steer briefly left and then right
Stop, check towbar to ensure both arms are locked
Examine all elements of towing system
Depart
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I would pull the brake switch fuse as well. Put that one in the bag. The IOC fuse will stay in place & does not need to be removed.
Also, not sure on your shifting procedures. I think I had to be rolling to shift the transfer case from 2 to 4 to N.
Play with it a little. You've got the right idea.
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