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Old 06-16-2010, 07:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Was wondering the proper way to tow a Trackick on a dolly (fronts on dolly).

Will be working with a US version 94 (EDIT : found out this is a 92) 2dr Tracker, 4wd, 5spd, manual hubs. Was thinking Transfer case in neutral & trans in neutral.

Does this sound about right.

Or is driveshaft removal required.

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The experts will chime on in here, but I believe that you'll want to tow it with the rear wheels on the dolly. I just took a peek in the manual for a 97 and it says:


"The best way to tow your Geo is from the rear. Follow
these steps:
1. Put the rear wheels on a dolly.

NOTICE:
Do not tow your Geo with the rear wheels in
contact with the ground, or the transmission
could be damaged.

2. Set the parking brake.
3. If your Geo is a four-wheel-drive vehicle, set your
manual free-wheeling hubs to FREE or unlock your
automatic freewheeling hubs. See “Four-wheel
Drive” in the Index.
4. Turn the ignition key to ACC to unlock the
steering wheel."

This was copied directly from the 97 manual. Now if it was an auto, you could do it with all four down.
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Driveline removal is not required, but will make your tire guarantee last longer, as the speedometer cable turns when the transfer case is in Neutral.
As I recall the OM for my '95 says to have the tranny in 2nd gear, the key on Acc and the transfer-case in Neutral. then you are supposed to stop and Idle the motor for a few minutes every 250-300 miles.
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Driveline removal is not required, but will make your tire guarantee last longer, as the speedometer cable turns when the transfer case is in Neutral.
As I recall the OM for my '95 says to have the tranny in 2nd gear, the key on Acc and the transfer-case in Neutral. then you are supposed to stop and Idle the motor for a few minutes every 250-300 miles.
EDIT: Just found out this is a 92 - If that makes any differance one way or the other.

Wouldn't just removing the rear shaft off the diff be quicker by not having to stop every 250 miles to run the engine? With the fronts racheted down to the dolly and rear shaft disconnected there should then be no issues with the trans one would think. Or am I all wet with this idea.

Just wondering, as time will be short to make this run to pick up the rig, Trip distance is going to be about 700 miles hauling it back.
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With the fronts racheted down to the dolly and rear shaft disconnected there should then be no issues with the trans one would think.
That would be the best way to tow it.
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That would be the best way to tow it.
Hope so. That is what my plan is anyhow.
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The only dolly towing options in my owner's manual ('94) show rear wheels on dolly, hubs "FREE", key in "ACC", and steering wheel secured (with a steering wheel clamping device approved for towing) with front wheels facing straight forward. It warns that "The steering column is not strong enough to withstand shocks transmitted from the front wheels during towing. Always unlock the steering wheel before towing."

I don't know the reasoning or logic behind this method but it is what the owner's manual recommends.
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95BadBoy, towing the car with front wheels on a dolly and the driveshaft removed would be, in my opinion, fine. However, the question you asked was, "How to properly dolly tow a tracker?" You have been provided the way specified in in the glove box owner's manual and your way. I'm sure that either way will work just fine. Have a great trip.
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I take the owner's manual with a grain of salt and use a bit of common sense. Driveshaft disconnected and rear wheels on the ground is, hands down, the best way to dolly-tow a 4wd or rwd vehicle. Just because it is not mentioned in the owner's manual does not make it so.

My Samurai owner's manual states to flat-tow my Samurai in transfer case neutral and transmission 2nd, but the guy I bought it from, who has worked on Samurai's for over 20 years, and only works on Samurais, had 2 blocks with rods out the side from when the transfer case dropped into gear while rolling down the highway. He said it was my choice, but that he had never seen ill effects from towing in transmission neutral, and that he had seen ill effects many times from towing in 2nd.
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you sound like a man that lost his RTM manual in the glove box.
not only are they free but are on line.

not only that , they give you all the choices.

the stickys above , (shock) show how to order a free one with an 800 num.
bah to that , just DL it.

here be a free manual for 95 and is accurate for all.
this Generation.

95sidekick_owner_manual.zip | FreeDrive.com | Online Storage and Social Utility

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