towing 2wd or 4wd

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by sbcma, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. sbcma

    sbcma New Member

    Hoping to be towing about 3000 to 3500 pounds up and down a ramp and on flat roads for no more than 40 miles. All this would only be once in a while.

    1. Would a 2 wheel drive with a 4.0 be enough or would it be better to get a 4 wheel drive ?

    2. Would an empty bed cause problems with traction with the back tires ?

    3. Is a 4.0 necessary or would a 2.3 be enough ?
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2012
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  3. Achromious

    Achromious New Member

    X2 I'd like to know haha
  4. Hooligan

    Hooligan Rangerholic!!

    I believe you will be fine. I had a 93 ranger XL, 2.3L 2wd I used for a mobile detailing business. I never really towed with it but carried a large detailing skid, pressure washer, tool box full of equipment, and a 100 gallon water tank and everything was fine. I did have to get new leaf packs and an ad a leaf to support the weight but as far as engine and trans went, it was a breeze
  5. klinger86

    klinger86 Moderator

    the 2.3 would be worked to death towing that much... as far as towing an empty bed would be ok to tow with because the trailer is going to weigh it down.... and a 2 wd would work good but i would say you might wanna check into getting electric brakes and brake controller installed to help with slowing your truck down....
  6. mossyoak03

    mossyoak03 ONE BAMF

    A 2wd or 4wd will work the same as far as towing is concerned.however a automatic has a higher towing rating than a manual.
  7. Hurley

    Hurley Superultramegalurker

    An automatic will also produce a lot more heat than a manual so if you go that route you should look into a tow package with a trans cooler.
  8. deff, want a brake controller and a trailer with electric brakes at 3000 plus pounds
  9. Black mamba

    Black mamba The mannnn

    Don't know I'd this helps but my 89 use to tow 2000+ and it was a 2.3, 5 speed, 2wd.. The only thing I would say is get an aal so your not squatting like a girl who has to pee...

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