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Old 04-20-2011, 05:44 PM   #1
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Question 2 wheel drive Jeep Liberty as tow

I've got a 2008 two wheel drive (rear axle drive) Jeep Liberty that I'd like to use as a 4-down toad. Any suggestions on easy methods of driveshaft disconnects? ....or other methods no involving disconnect the axle (not counting trailering)?
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Old 04-20-2011, 11:10 PM   #2
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What type transmission?
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The @WD automatic needs a transmission lube pump. The 6 speed manual cannot be towed 4-down at all.

See Remco Towing and look up your 2008 Jeep Liberty to see what you need.
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I've got an automatic transmission.
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I've got an automatic transmission.
Check out the Remco site for the automatic 2WD Liberty.

2002 - 2011 Jeep Liberty | Remco Towing

The pump is $850 and requires 5-6 hours to install.

The Liberty Sport base price is $23,250 in 2WD form, in 4WD form it is $24,865. The difference is $1,615. Pretty close to the cost of adding the Remco pump. Oh well.

The difference in gas mileage between the 2WD and 4WD? 1 mpg
2WD: 16 city/22 hwy. 4WD: 15 city/21 hwy

Do you have any other vehicles that might be towable?
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The @WD automatic needs a transmission lube pump. The 6 speed manual cannot be towed 4-down at all.

See Remco Towing and look up your 2008 Jeep Liberty to see what you need.
Gary,
How about the drive shaft disconnect unit? I saw one @ Tampa camping world. Price may be comparable to the Remco without the need for any battery power or tie ends to the transmission cooling system.

just a thought
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How about the drive shaft disconnect unit? I saw one @ Tampa camping world. Price may be comparable to the Remco without the need for any battery power or tie ends to the transmission cooling system.

just a thought
You bring up an interesting point.

From Remco's web site it appears that they do not offer or sell the driveshaft disconnects any more. They still mention the DSC (drive shaft coupling) with hot links on their history page, but they all go to Access Denied pages.

Did they sell the product line to another vendor or just quietly drop it? Will take a phone call, at least to find out.

NOTE: found a few references online about Remco changing hands and drive shaft coupler being discontinued.

Is there another source of drive shaft couplers?
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I've toad a Wrangler and obvious knew how to deal with that but this 2wd is all new to me. With that said, excuse the ignorance.....but, if I add the pump do I still have to disconnect the drive shaft?
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I've toad a Wrangler and obvious knew how to deal with that but this 2wd is all new to me. With that said, excuse the ignorance.....but, if I add the pump do I still have to disconnect the drive shaft?
No, each is a solution. Either lube pump or drive shaft disconnect.
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By the way, I've got a 2005 Ford Sportrac 4wd but it does not have a neutral position on transfer case. My backup plan is to install a transfer case neutral kit (no longer offered by ford) that I can DIY if Ford will flash the computer. I've got pretty good information on this but it hit my mind that perhaps I needed to look at my options with the Jeep.
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