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Old 08-26-2001, 12:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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OK i ran across a CJ8 a guy I know has, I can probably get it really cheap. I am in need of a tow rig but it will be at least 2 yaers before I can afford a 3/4 or 1 ton. I know bigger is better for tow rigs.

My question is if, I beef the suspension and slap a 350 with an auto in the CJ8 could I get buy towing my YJ(on a trailer) with it. Maybe only 3 or 4 decent trips a year (about 8 hours). The CJ8 would also be a DD.

I was thinking when I can afford the F250/F350 I would have a second trail rig as well.

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better up grade the axles springs and the brakes, my friend tows a 20 foot boat and a 14 foot car trailer and it dose fine he has a 350 th400 and a 60 in bake with disks all around <IMG SRC="smilies/beer.gif" border="0">
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Good luck on gas and if it has the model 20 better ditch that for towing. I cant really see a big problem if you slap in a 350.. Good luck.. <IMG SRC="smilies/jeep1.gif" border="0">
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Thanks for the info, I was planning on swapping rearends and running disks. Now I just have to pursuade the guy into selling it <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
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I once towed a boat over 88 from Tahoe with my CJ-8. And it was damn squirrely.

I would not tow anything heavier than 2500 lbs. Because that is what I did, 2500 lbs, and it was not fun.

At 2500 lbs, it was not a question of weight, but more the fact that the boat was longer than the Jeep. It did a lot of bucking and pushing.
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I think you would be much better off with even a cheap 1/2 ton pickup. A CJ-8 is just to small and will need extra crap that is standard in a pickup
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