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Old 10-12-2016, 01:04 PM   #1
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Advice for flat towing 97 Cherokee...

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New to the iRV2 community and excited to pick your brains for some advice. So I just bought a 97 Jeep Cherokee for a toad and am looking for advice on the setup I should run with. I don't want to cause a brand war but I would like to hear some opinions on Blue Ox vs Roadmaster vs any other company. I know that I would like to run a MH mounted tow bar but am concerned with using a Brake Buddy or Patriot braking system. How well do these work with my vehicle? Also, I noticed that wiring would require me to add a bulb to my brake lights, but I don't think I can squeeze another bulb in the housing. Help me out guys! Thanks in advance.
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I use the Falcon 2 and Evenbrake system for my 2009 Wrangler. Very easy to setup, usually about 5 minutes. Purchased a brand new Falcon 2 and a used Evenbrake on Ebay. Saved me well over $1000. From what I have read you'll probably be happy with either system.
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Old 10-12-2016, 03:42 PM   #3
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Rather than adding a bulb to the light housings you can use diodes to the existing lights wiring. Roadmaster makes a nice set ( Roadmaster Hy-Power Diodes (Qty 2) Roadmaster Accessories and Parts RM-792 )and instructions here: http://www.etrailer.com/faq-diode-in...t-systems.aspx

I gotta ask, but your Cherokee is 4WD, right? Jeep did make some that were only 2WD and you cannot flat tow those - at least not without pulling the driveshaft.
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Rather than adding a bulb to the light housings you can use diodes to the existing lights wiring. Roadmaster makes a nice set ( Roadmaster Hy-Power Diodes (Qty 2) Roadmaster Accessories and Parts RM-792 )and instructions here: Diode Installation Instructions for a Dinghy with Separate Tail Light Wiring | etrailer.com

I gotta ask, but your Cherokee is 4WD, right? Jeep did make some that were only 2WD and you cannot flat tow those - at least not without pulling the driveshaft.
Thanks for the heads up on the diodes! Definitely going to check those out. As far as my XJ, she is a 4wd, wouldn't have purchased one otherwise. Thanks for the help Nick!
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Check out the ReadyBrute tow bar with integrated brake system. Works well and is excellent bang for the buck.

Also if you are thinking of adding a aftermarket bumper, suggest to explore towing from the bumper itself.
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