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Old 01-15-2016, 08:06 AM   #15
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Thanks for the reply but my owner's manual is different. It's a 2012 Wrangler "User Guide" and only 112 pages. The jeep is originally from Canada and was brought to the US a year ago to FL. I bought it this past weekend.
The differences are step 10. says "Turn OFF the engine and leave the ignition switch in the unlocked ACC position". There is a step 15. which says "Disconnect the negative battery cable, and secure it away from the negative battery post".

I looked at the front of the guide and it doesn't differentiate between US and Canadian models. Before I bought the Jeep I had read the instructions in a Jeep on a dealers lot, different Jeep, and it was as you said. When I got the one out is when I saw the discrepancy.

I looked at the Demco base plate online and may go that way but it mounts to the inside of the frame rail on the passenger side and outside on the driver's side. Seems an odd method rather than the same on both sides. I have a Demco KarKaddy SS that is rock solid and I suppose their tow products are also. BTW after the flat tow setup is complete, the SS will probably be sold.
This was documented on a Jeep forum somewhere but the issue is the manual wasn't updated. Basically as has been said if you don't have a steering lock then no key needed, no battery disconnect needed. Just hitch n go...
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Old 01-16-2016, 05:53 PM   #16
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We have an 09 Wrangler. I am currently setting it up to tow. The op mentioned he had nothing yet and I highly recommend the Mopar Performance Wire Harness for the Jeep. It is plug and play and is fairly simple to install. I am in the process of building a new winch bumper for mine and plan to use the Blue Ox brackets on the bumper. Lots of info on the Jeep forums about this.
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Old 01-18-2016, 09:05 AM   #17
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A few months ago we bought an nice, clean 08 Wrangler to tow. Did a ton of research and decided on the Ready Brute Elite bar with the integrated braking system. I'm very impressed with it so far. IF you are even considering an aftermarket bumper, I'd go ahead and get it right away instead of buying and installing a baseplate.
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We pull a 2010 with the elite ready brute and works great. If you have question about whether to turn key to acc position? Just park jeep take key out of ignition, jack up front end so wheels off ground then try to turn steering wheel. It will answer your steering wheel lock question every time
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ALL 3.6L Jeep Wranglers are safe to tow without the key. If you are one of the unlucky that have the 3.8L, the steering wheel lock was done away with in '08 sometime. Late '08 had no lock, just not sure when.
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ALL 3.6L Jeep Wranglers are safe to tow without the key. If you are one of the unlucky that have the 3.8L, the steering wheel lock was done away with in '08 sometime. Late '08 had no lock, just not sure when.
Yep, we have a 2008 and it has the lock. Not really a big deal as it takes all of about a minute to pull the IOD fuse and put in the "blank" key. Just finished about 2400 miles in the last couple of weeks with no issues.
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