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Old 12-11-2014, 09:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I will be using my 2013 F150 V6 to flat tow my Samurai. I have done my homework and know about the settings for the transfer case and tranny(neutral,2nd gear). I have decided NOT to remove the driveshaft since I will be driving 65 Max all the way back. I am also taking a tire repair kit,tools and other small items just in case. Do you have any other ideas or suggestions that might help me with my trip?
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Old 12-11-2014, 06:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would reconsider removal of the driveshaft, its only a few minutes of work, IF it were to slip into gear over a bump or something (not unheard of with Samurai) the damage would be catastrophic. Thats a ways to go, It's VERY cheap insurance.

Are you flat towing it?
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Yes flat towing. I would like to make sure I can tow it behind my RV so I want to tow it on the way back as a test. I will look into it when I arrive there and will make the decision after I make my pre-tow inspection.
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I have seen them as toad vehicles quite a bit. I know samurai and sidekicks are common for this.

You can probably get away with not dropping it, but if it were me I wouldn't even think about it. I have more than a couple bucks into the transfer case, would hate to scramble it. I have read in to many places how a bump or jolt can snap it into gear and shred things. I installed the Twisted T shift shafts which are supposed to not allow that to happen but I still am to chicken to try it.
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I see your point and Thank you for the input. I'm going to go balls out and do it as recommended by Suzuki. If things change I will drop the shaft. Will keep you guys posted and post pics.

I will try to keep it around 60-65mph.
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Is that an ecoboost?

I love road trips, it should be fun!
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and don't forget to stop for a toilet break and a smoke every 200 miles, and run the sammi for 4-5 mins in gear to circulate the oil in the transfer case (2nd main box, N in transfer)
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I have towed my sami 4 down for years behind my class C and no major problems. Dropping the drive shaft can cause headaches when you see a spot you would like to unhook and ride in the desert southwest. As for towing in second well your call but I know a lot of who use third or even fourth with no problems. Good luck and enjoy the desert of AZ and NM.
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It doesn't matter what gear the main box is in when towing because the transfer case is in N.
The critical bit is when you stop to give it a lube run. Second is usually selected in the main box because that one drives all the shafts and gears in the the main box and turns the transfer case over at a slow enough rate to sling oil everywhere without throwing it off the gears and leaving it all dry when you start towing again.

If you want to leave it in 3 or 4 when towing, then do so its going to make no difference, but use second when running it during the stops to lube the gearboxes.
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I agree, I had the dreaded drop in gear (trans in 4th) on one of my freeway flyer 88 tin but got lucky the engine was a all out 1.3 with a basic blueprint build and my rv never was above 60 mph all survived with no major damage. Now all my samis have split shifters with simple in cab lockouts for towing.
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