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Old 03-30-2010, 11:31 AM
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Re: Towing

you may want some clip on towing mirrors. the wk is narrow and a long trailer is hard to see behind.
i bought an anti-sway bar in the fall as I find a cross wind will cause the trailer to steer you, even with the airbags. i haven't installed it yet, probably in the next week or so. i couldn't imagine pulling that much length/weight without the weight distributing hitch.
when you have that much money with vehicle and trailer and family aboard, it makes sense to invest in safety.
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Old 03-30-2010, 06:31 PM
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you may want some clip on towing mirrors. the wk is narrow and a long trailer is hard to see behind.
i bought an anti-sway bar in the fall as I find a cross wind will cause the trailer to steer you, even with the airbags. i haven't installed it yet, probably in the next week or so. i couldn't imagine pulling that much length/weight without the weight distributing hitch.
when you have that much money with vehicle and trailer and family aboard, it makes sense to invest in safety.
I have towing mirrors.
The tow will be in town on city streets for the most part. Most likely less then 30mins travel time 1 way. I have a WDH i can borrow from a friend if i need it i just cant fork over $200 plus for one of my own now. I totally understand the safety/money factor in this. On a side note though, it will prolly be only me in the jeep. Most likely i will use the WDH, i just wanted some opinions from people. Thanks.

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Yes I have, but with an SRT8. Big power, huge brakes....



Wow that looks awesome!

I am assuming that is a 100% custom trailer hitch?

As far as the power and brake size goes, yea, the 6.1 has tons more power then my 4.7 but i think the 4.7 is more then up to the challenge.

As far as brakes go, my dads 2500HD has 12" diameter rotors all the way around. The Standard WK front rotors are 12.9" in dia and the rears are 12.3" in dia so i am not too worried about that. The brembo brakes are amazing but i am sure the WK brakes with the Prodigy P3 brake controller will be fine.
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Old 03-30-2010, 06:42 PM
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Re: Towing

Yeah Startech, I'm really interested in your hitch setup.

Where you hitch cross braces are welded to, the steel pressings that run from near the diff rear toward to and supporting the rear bumper, those parts must be custom because they are nowhere near strong enough to mount a hitch from on mine. They look different to mine too. How are they attached to the unibody, on mine they're purely for rear impact obsortion.
Maybe this is a common setup in the US that I haven't seen here in Oz?
I've outlined the area I'm trying to explain.

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Old 03-30-2010, 06:45 PM
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I had another thread about this a few weeks back. There is actually an after market hitch that bolts to that "sub frame" in the back using HD clamps and such and is supposedly stronger then the stock class 5 hitch. but i dont believe it.
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Old 03-30-2010, 06:57 PM
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Here ya go Marlin....

Yes, it was custom made and I towed 9000 lbs from the mountains of Colorado to the Hills of Texas, 1200 miles. Had to drill the sub frame and it bolts right on, also using the stock bolts behind the rear bumper.
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Old 03-30-2010, 07:02 PM
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Ah great photo mate, explains it beautifully, thank you!
Nice fab work
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Old 03-30-2010, 07:32 PM
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Re: Towing

Do you have any other pics of the side view that are a bit larger? With trailer in tow?

How do you thing the standard WK trans and the srt8 trans will hold up to towing like that? The srt8 more so because it has no tow haul mode and is built for performance more then work?
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Old 03-31-2010, 05:08 PM
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This is the only other pic
Mine is an SRT8 and it towed better than my Ram 2500

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Old 03-31-2010, 05:14 PM
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Re: Towing

Thats sweet. I hate how alot of people think that because a Grand Cherokee is a small SUV means it cant work and hold its own. At least the WK generation. I think that is the proper equipment is used it will tow just fine just like you have shown here.

It does however look like you could use some rear air bags to help out a little bit.
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Old 03-31-2010, 06:18 PM
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Over here in Oz the WK has won awards for towing excellence (by the Caravan magazines). They especially like the Diesel for it's towing economy, but as they all share the same platform I find them excellent tow vehicles. Very stable and relaxing and better than many larger "more serious" tow vehicles I've experienced.



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Old 03-31-2010, 06:26 PM
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Thats Good to hear. I did not know you towed anything with your WK marlin.

Pics of WKs towing make me horney. LOL j/k
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