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Old 03-30-2014, 04:51 PM   #1
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We are looking at pulling our 2004 ford explorer xlt rwd v6 4.0l cyl 5-speed flat. I have read several different forums saying I can do this with a disconnect on the drive shaft but when I go to Remco it tells me no. Does anyone have any idea if I can do this safely and what I need to do to the vehicle as far as a transmission lube kit or a neutral kit or a drivetrain disconnect? I seen several tow bars offered for the 2004 ford explorer but it does not tell me how to pull it and when I have called several Ford Houses they have no clue. The book says to call the manufacturer?? Can anyone help me with this or know of anyone who pulls a ford explorer that is 2wd and not a 4x4. Thanks in advance.
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With a drive shaft disconnect you should be fine. Unless the transmission is in the rear.
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Thank you for your reply.
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Yeah, unfortunately I think the Neutral Tow Kit is for AWD/FWD. We towed a 2007 XLT with NKT but we were AWD.

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If your Explorer is 2WD then you will need to have a driveshaft disconnect. If it had 4x4 you can get the neutral tow kit that will shift the transfer case into neutral.
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Yeah, unfortunately I think the Neutral Tow Kit is for AWD/FWD. We towed a 2007 XLT with NKT but we were AWD.

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It is only for a 4x4 with the selectable transfer case (dash switchs). AWD cannot be shifted into neutral because it uses a viscous clutch for front driveshaft connection and not the electric coil and shift motor.

The FWD Explorer is the 2011 and newer models and they can be flat towed as long as they are the version with the 3.5L V6 with the 6F50/55 transmission.
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It is only for a 4x4 with the selectable transfer case (dash switchs). AWD cannot be shifted into neutral because it uses a viscous clutch for front driveshaft connection and not the electric coil and shift motor.
Thanks for the clarification.
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Thanks everyone. Calling a place in Dallas for a disconnect!!
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