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Old 01-19-2011, 06:54 PM   #1
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Drive shaft disconnect

I'm new to towing a vehicle and I think I want to travel the tow bar path. I don't want to purchase a vehicle just to tow so I've settled on my wife's rear wheel (2wd) Jeep grand Cherokee. I'm looking to purchase a drive shaft disconnect and know nothing about them. Are they safe? Are they reliable? How much do they cost to install?
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:03 PM   #2
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Some years ago I had a Remco driveshaft decoupler device I installed on my S10 Chevy Blazer. Worked very well. I am sure they are still a good device.

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Old 01-20-2011, 03:30 PM   #3
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I also have one installed on my 98 S-10 Blazer. Just like the car the Remco is about bullet proof. We're in the car shopping mode to replace the Jeep GC right now and are considering a Nissan Pathfinder which is rear wheel drive. Wouldn't hesitate a bit wiith the Remco.
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Old 01-20-2011, 03:41 PM   #4
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I have been very satisfied with Remcos' disconnect. I installed one myself on our Explorer Sport about 12 years ago. Main thing is to use only dry lubricant and also lube the cable.
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Old 01-20-2011, 09:11 PM   #5
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We are satisfied with our Remco driveshaft disconnect & shifter on our 07 2wd Toyota FJ Cruiser. We spray it w/tack free acetone/graphite(Home Depot) ocassionally before towing to keep it operating smoothly.
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The Remco drive disconnect is an excellent piece of gear but requires careful adjustment during installation in order to engage & disengage smoothly and easily.

The price for a Remco drive shaft disconnect starts at $750 + installation, which requires modifying and re-balancing the existing drive shaft as part of the job.

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Old 01-21-2011, 08:00 AM   #7
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I my case the approx $800.00 got me a new drive shaft with the disconnect attached. I primed and paint it as it was bare metal.

The instruction stated the shaft may need balancing. Mine was balanced Ok out of the box.

I have my old shaft in the shipping box and when I replace my toad, I plan to remove the disconnect system and use it on a new toad or sell it.

16,000 miles on disconnect and good so far, I clean and lube it the same time I change the Oil on the toad.

The adjustment at installation is the key to a smooth operation system.
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What you get in the box from Remco depends greatly on the year, make and model of vehicle. They try to give you a drop-in replacement, but that is not always possible. Best to discuss the specifics direct with Remco.
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Call Jim @ Remco/Superflow, 800-228-2481 x230. He can fix you up.

Somebody we'll need to decide wheather to modify your existing driveshaft, or have a new shaft built. A local driveshaft shop can do this, or Remco/Superflow can do this?

After talking w/Jim @ Remco/Superflow, and my local driveshaft shop, we decided to have a completely new driveshaft built at our local shop. Remco/Superflow makes various diameter couplers. It was determined that for our vehicle a 2.75" single spline coupler and a Toyota flange would be necessary.

This is what we purchased from Remco/Superflow: shifter - $190; 2.75" coupler - $363; Toyota driveshaft flange - $75; plus $29 shipping, no tax = $657

I took the original driveshaft, the Remco driveshaft coupler, and the Toyota driveshaft flange to the local driveshaft shop. 1 day and $313 later, we picked up a completely new and balanced driveshaft. It took me a couple of hrs to install the new shaft, the shifter and its cable on the rear differential housing. Since we have the original unmodified shaft, when we go to sell the vehicle, we can takeoff all the towing equipment and put it back to an unmodified condition, and sell the towing equipment.

Our total cost = $970

We have 5000 miles on our coupler and no problems. This vehicle is my daily driver and I don't know it even there.

Remco has been selling these couplers for decades, so I would think they are reliable or they wouldn't be in business.

For tow vehicle lites, we purchased "Wireless Towing Lights" from Amazon/Northern Tool for $150

We hope this helps
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We have been running one on our Tundra for almost 7 years and about 80K miles. It has been working flawlessly. I second the need to clean and lube it regularly. I use a dry silicon spray.
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I installed one 10 years ago bought complete balanced drive shaft that way I could put the old one back on,drive shaft was simple cable wasn't to bad it would make it easier if you have a lift or pit for more room I have over 100k miles on it no problems.
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We bought a Remco off of craigslist. It included a complete rebuilt driveshaft. All it needed was the PTO cable. I see them listed all the time for 2-3 hundred dollars.
Very satisified with how it works.
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Not all drive shafts are the same but as for a rear wheel drive vehicle you can remove the bolts on the flange of the rear differential which will release the back side of the shaft and then just pull it straight out of the transmission.








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If you have one installed be sure to ask for your old drive shaft in case you want to refit before trading the vehicle or your status changes. Else the installations company will sell for a better profit margin.
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