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Old 06-11-2012, 11:02 AM   #1
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Any older jeep wranglers NOT towable 4-down?

Hi everyone!

I'm not sure where to actually find out this generic of an answer online --

Are there any older Jeep Wranglers NOT towable 4-down? I'm looking potentially at both automatic and manual, from years around 2000 - 2004. (Automatic is my preference).

Are any years better over others as far as overall ease of setting up to tow, as well?

Thanks for any help!

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Hi there..Not positive about your question, but most any Jeep Wrangler is towable as long as it has a transfer case with nuetral in it.
Towing set up would be the same.
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All 4x4 wranglers are towable. Two wheel drive ones are not but they are rare.

Older is kinda a funny word mine is a 1991 I kinda think 2000's are new ones.

I believe that there was one model of the CJ line that was not towable. Those would have been pree 89 so doubt you mean that old.
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Wrangler 4X4's should be towable for down, instructions in owners manual. Issue would be that some years had a locking steering column, and that would require leaving a key in the ignition" on " and disconnecting the battery.
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I know that the 2000 Wrangler TJ 4 wheel drive, both standard transmission and automatic, can be towed four down. I have towed both many miles with no problems. If you have the owners manual it will tell you the proper procedure for setting them up to tow.
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Thanks, everyone! I don't have one just yet, but wanted to ask before I got serious in potentially looking for one! Much appreciated!
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Wrangler 4X4's should be towable for down, instructions in owners manual. Issue would be that some years had a locking steering column, and that would require leaving a key in the ignition" on " and disconnecting the battery.
It's a about a 10 minute job to disable the steering column lock, on the TJs, if you desire. That way you don't have to worry about the battery stuff. Actually you can unlock the column without turning the power on too, but I don't like leaving a key in the ignition.
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Old Jeep CJs (71 and older) had a Dana 18 transfer case that the gears are always turning, probably not a good choice for 4 down.
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2000-2004 are all flat towable aand you do not have to disconnect the battery. The key has a position that is unlocked but no power in on anywhere.

If the one you buy has the chip key like I do in my '01 you might have a key made out of a blank without the chip. This will prevent the Jeep from walking away if you stop for lunch somewhere.
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It's a about a 10 minute job to disable the steering column lock, on the TJs, if you desire. That way you don't have to worry about the battery stuff. Actually you can unlock the column without turning the power on too, but I don't like leaving a key in the ignition.
We've towed our 04 Wrangler with the automatic transmission over 65,000 miles without a problem. I believe ther are 2 types of keys for the TJ series. The standard one is a normal key that will start the engine anytime it's left in the ignition. The second type (if you have the security package) has a chip in it. If you have the second type you can have a standard non chipped key made. The non chipped key will turn in the lock cylinder just like the chipped one, but will not start the engine.

The TJ also has an accessory position on the lock cylinder. 1 position forward of the lock and key removal position. In this position the steering column is unlocked but there is no power to the ignition system so the battery doesn't drain. As I said earlier we have towed the Jeep over 65,000 miles with the key in this position and never had a battery issue.

If you have the standard key and are worried about someone starting the Jeep you can remove the glove box and remove the ignition fuse. It takes all of 30 seconds to do and may give you more peace of mind.

Whenever we take the Jeep we have the hard top on to minimize the possibility of theft.
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It's a about a 10 minute job to disable the steering column lock, on the TJs, if you desire. That way you don't have to worry about the battery stuff. Actually you can unlock the column without turning the power on too, but I don't like leaving a key in the ignition.
It not even 10 mins more like 10 seconds.
Insert the key and turn it forward ONE notch.
This is a key position where the column is UNLOCKED and the ignition is OFF.
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