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Old 10-23-2008, 01:02 PM   #1
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Looking to buy a 2003 jeep rubicon with an mauual trans. I currently flat tow a 99 wrangler with an automatic. I installed locking hubs all around rendering a 4 wheel trailer. Hope not to do this with the rubicon due to cost.
Question is, what kind of tricks if any to flat tow 03 rubicon with the manual trans?

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Old 10-23-2008, 01:02 PM   #2
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Looking to buy a 2003 jeep rubicon with an mauual trans. I currently flat tow a 99 wrangler with an automatic. I installed locking hubs all around rendering a 4 wheel trailer. Hope not to do this with the rubicon due to cost.
Question is, what kind of tricks if any to flat tow 03 rubicon with the manual trans?

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Old 10-23-2008, 02:46 PM   #3
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AFAIK, you just put the transfer case in neutral, leave the ignition in the unlock position, and the tranny in whatever gear the owners' manual says. That's the way most Jeep / Dodge stuff works. Locking hubs aren't needed.
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Old 10-26-2008, 04:47 PM   #4
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Thanks for the reply, better half wants a new one now. Will go by the book again yhanks for the reply...

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Make sure you turn the key off just one notch from running, otherwise the steering wheel will lock. I make sure three things are done in this order. 1. Shifter in nutural, 2. 4X4 in nutrual 3. Key off one click. Very simple.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">1. Shifter in nutural, 2. 4X4 in nutrual 3. Key off one click. Very simple. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Whoa, don't put the shifter (tranny) in neutral. It needs to be in a gear to keep it from spinning via the tailshaft. If you do let it spin when not being powered by the engine, the bearings get no lube splash and are susceptible to burning out.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Whoa, don't put the shifter (tranny) in neutral. It needs to be in a gear to keep it from spinning via the tailshaft. If you do let it spin when not being powered by the engine, the bearings get no lube splash and are susceptible to burning out. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
That is 100% correct. Always put the transmission in gear to keep the gears from rotating, otherwise on a long tow without running the jeep you can damage the bearings. Been there done that.
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