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Max Tow Pkg or Trailer pkg + 3.73 rear

I've finally gotten to the point where I can pull the trigger on a new JKU. While "building" it on Jeep.com, I noticed there's a small price difference with the tow packages. I want the max tow pkg since it comes with the 3.73 upgrade but I can get the 3.73 upgrade and add the Trailer tow pkg for $55 cheaper than getting them both with the Max Tow pkg.

I know its a very small amount but was wondering if I'm missing some other difference between the separate setups.

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I know its a very small amount but was wondering if I'm missing some other difference between the separate setups.
I don't think there has ever been a true, verified, accounting of the differences.

Some of the hints posted, were that the Max package includes things like more heavy duty fluid in the differentials, and stuff like that.
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Re: Max Tow Pkg or Trailer pkg + 3.73 rear

If you plan on replacing the rear bumper with a tire carrier, highly recommended when increasing tire size, the factory hitch will be a loss anyway.

factory 3.73 - $695 OUCH!!!

Max tow only adds $150. You would probably pay somewhere around that if you did the hitch and harness yourself. Obviously the "tow Package" is sorely overpriced. It's almost like a slap in the face to the consumer and a freebie for Jeep.

If you get the 3.73 and the tow package, you are overpaying by $245 for exactly the same thing you get with the Max Tow package.

IMO, get the max tow. It seems they upped the price on the 3.73 gear due to people not getting the tow packages. It was cheaper to buy and install the hitch/harness yourself previously. Jeep has caught on and adjusted the price so it makes sense to get it from the factory.
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Re: Max Tow Pkg or Trailer pkg + 3.73 rear

Thanks guys!

With all the #'s running in my head, I just realized my initial math was wrong. I added the stand-alone 3.73 add-on as $395 instead of the actual price of $695. Obviously, that makes the Max tow a no-brainer since I was planning on getting the 3.73 anyways. As GoCoogs stated, for $150 go ahead and get the Max Tow instead of aftermarket.

Would 35" tires call for a removal of the factory bumper due to the tire carrier?
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Re: Max Tow Pkg or Trailer pkg + 3.73 rear

I would advise swapping to a tire carrier above 33". The only thing holding your fifth wheel is the sheet metal and a weak hinge on the body.

Something like this, although not necessarily this manufacturer, would be good. And they can be optioned with a hitch built in.

Jeep Wrangler JK RearBumper | Jeep Wrangler JK Rear Bumpers | Poison Spyder Customs

Obviously this is an example of an expensive model. You can get cheaper ones under 1k.
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Re: Max Tow Pkg or Trailer pkg + 3.73 rear

Much appreciated!! I plan on starting with 33s but will probably go to 35s for my 2nd set. So this will definitely need to be added to the consideration.

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Re: Max Tow Pkg or Trailer pkg + 3.73 rear

The 3.73's in 2015 JKU was $595. Went up $100 in 16?? wow
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The 3.73's in 2015 JKU was $595. Went up $100 in 16?? wow
Weren't the 3.73's just $50 on a Sport back in 2012?


As mentioned, now its more of a CAFE penalty charge.
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