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Old 04-18-2016, 05:58 AM   #1
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Towing rear wheel Jeep

It is my understanding that in order to tow a rear wheel Grand Cherokee with automatic transmission is to either add a lube pump or drop the drive shaft while towing. I want to tow 4 down. My Jeep dealer was unable to offer any insight. Would be greatful for some direction. Thanks.

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Check your owners manual, I have a Wrangler but my owners manual covers this.

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I (as "going postal" did) recommend starting with what the owner's manual says.

Next, bounce that off the Motorhome Magazine Dinghy Towing Guide for the year of your toad, as "Pepper2" recommended.

Then, read other posts in iRV2. Here's a link to a Google search for iRV2 posts containing the phrase "Grand Cherokee."
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The owner's manual will not cover any tow method that requires modification. I'm sure it will simply tell you not to, as regards your rear drive only Jeep.

No one wants to crawl under the toad and "drop" the drive shaft every time they want to travel, or hook it back up at your destinations. There are permanently mounted driveshaft disconnects made for this purpose. I have no direct experience with these, you'll have to do research on them. I know other members have installed and used them.

As for a lube pump, again I'd want to talk to someone with experience. The folks at Remco come to mind.

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Remco has set up a ton of toads and they will give you the best info for making modifications to your Jeep.
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Originally Posted by bevo7 View Post
It is my understanding that in order to tow a rear wheel Grand Cherokee with automatic transmission is to either add a lube pump or drop the drive shaft while towing. I want to tow 4 down. My Jeep dealer was unable to offer any insight. Would be greatful for some direction. Thanks.
You are correct in assuming your Jeep Grand, 2WD needs mods for flat towing. We've had two Grands in the past. One was 4WD and one was 2WD. The 4WD was flat towable. The 2WD was not and, I looked into a drive shaft disconnect for it but, at the time, that '07 Grand, two wheel drive, was equipped with an ALUMINUM 6" drive shaft and, no one would touch that when it came to a drive shaft modification for the D/S disconnect.

I said fine. I sold that Grand and picked up a CRV. Problem solved.

You'll have to look into the lube pump. I personally have never been a fan of a small, aftermarket pump, protecting a $5,000 transmission. But, that's just me. Good luck.
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Unless you have some huge attachment to the 2wd GC, just sell it and get a 4wd version that can be flat-towed. The 4wd has the transfer case you put into neutral and that is easy. Your 2wd does not have transfer case and you can't just put the transmission into neutral without problems. So the required driveshaft disconnect or lube pump as mentioned.

I have the Remco set-up on my hot rod truck (52 GMC) and it does work, but it is not the best, easy to disconnect, hassle to get reconnected since it has to line up to keep the U-joints in phase.

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