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Old 07-17-2016, 01:31 PM   #1
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Remco Lube pump vs Driveshaft Disconnect Coupling

I want to flat tow an FJ Cruiser (auto 4wd).
I have two options:
1:Remco Lube pump,$1500 plus installation or
2:http://www.remcodsc.com/manual driveshaft disconnect system also by Remco about $1200 installed.
Lube pump is somewhat more complex and $, but the manual DSC has a few quirks too.
Anybody have any thoughts, good, bad, or ..whatever on this?
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I want to flat tow an FJ Cruiser (auto 4wd).
I have two options:
1:Remco Lube pump,$1500 plus installation or
2:http://www.remcodsc.com/manual driveshaft disconnect system also by Remco about $1200 installed.
Lube pump is somewhat more complex and $, but the manual DSC has a few quirks too.
Anybody have any thoughts, good, bad, or ..whatever on this?
Chuck33
In 2001 I faced a similar problem.
I solved the problem, (and avoided the problems that a lube pump or a driveshaft disconnect can be), by buying a "4 down tow-able" '96 Saturn and selling the original problem.
That Saturn has since been upgraded to a newer Saturn.
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Old 07-17-2016, 05:13 PM   #3
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I use a Remco lube pump on a 2007 Cadillac CTS. All I can offer is that it works exactly as it's supposed to work and simply requires the power plug to be installed and the switch in the coach flipped on and it's ready to go. The idea of connecting and disconnecting the driveshaft every time I hooked up or unhooked doesn't sound enticing to me.
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I installed and used a drive shaft disconnect on a 2010 Nissan Frontier that I owned. When I bought mine, the company was in flux and there were some issues getting the correct brackets to fit my Frontier. They had two different sets and sent me both. I reworked their brackets and made a set that worked really well.

When locking and unlocking the driveshaft, it can (by design) end up into one of two positions, 180 degrees apart. I ordered the driveshaft with the kit and kept my original driveshaft for later replacement. The secret to the install is to make sure the drive shaft guy balances the shaft in both positions.

Once installed, it worked great and was easy to lock and unlock.

I never owned a driveshaft pump, so I can't comment. My concern would be a pump failure. I also know in some situations, the pump is the only option.
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In case of a pump failure, you'd immediately get a loud alarm at the switch on the motorhome dash.

On these disconnects, is it a manual, crawl under the car, task or is it electronic controlled? (Old school was manual labor )
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The disconnect is via a metal cable. It mounts under the driver's front seat. Pull the cable and it disengages the slip ring that locks the shaft together. They want you to have the engine running when reengaging, but I always just rocked the vehicle an it reengaged.
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