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Old 10-30-2013, 11:21 AM   #1
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I bought a 2007 Beaver 3 months ago and had planned on getting a tow vehicle partial to a Jeep Wrangler. Never looked at them before but even a used Jeep 2005 on up runs $20K +. I have a 2004 Nisson Titan 4 wd that cannot be towed 4 down without modification. I contacted Southwest Driveline in Yuma who was rec by Remco they can install a bypass for the drive train which sounds doable at a cost of $1300 parts and labor. Does this make sense? the PU is certainly heavier than a Jeep but with a CAT 400 hp don,t think that is a deal breaker. Has anyone out there used Southwest Driveline? Would appreciate any comments. This is a great site have learned so much since started reading it

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Old 10-30-2013, 11:33 AM   #2
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I used Southwest Driveline back in 2005. I went to Yuma specifically to buy a new Suzuki XL7 and have it set up by Southwest because no one in my area knew what they were doing.
They did an excellent job and I'm still using the same U.S. Power Gear equipment they installed on my coach. I've swapped toads a couple times since then and never had a problem.
Seems to me $1,300 is better than $20,000...Sales tax alone would come to that.
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Old 10-30-2013, 05:21 PM   #3
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I'm thinking you could pick up a brand new, base model, 4X4 Wrangler for little more than the $20k you're quoting, but they do hold their value.

If the Titan is a 4x4, is the product you're looking to install going to disconnect both the front and rear drive shafts?
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the nisson is not full time 4x4 have to turn on a switch to go into 4 wheel drive so I,m, assuming I only need to disconnect the rear drive. Am I right?

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the nisson is not full time 4x4 have to turn on a switch to go into 4 wheel drive so I,m, assuming I only need to disconnect the rear drive. Am I right?

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No.

Modern 4X4s no longer use front hub lockouts. That means whenever the front wheels are turning, so is the driveshaft, which leads back to the transfer case. It MIGHT be OK, but if I had to bet, I'd bet it has the potential to burn up the transfer case, if not the transmission. Your single driveshaft disconnect plan would be valid only if the truck was rear drive only.

If you can't put the transfer case into neutral, (which would negate the need for a driveshaft disconnect) I think you need to come up with a different plan. At the very least, contact Nissan. Hopefully you'll reach someone that has a clue.

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If you really want to do some trails and off-roading, a Jeep Wrangler is the way to go. And they make a very good toad. Good stock TJ Wranglers (1997 to 2006) can be had for under $10k to ~$15k.
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Loved my Wrangler Unlimited (4dr) before we got into RVing.. It has now earned even more respect as our Toad.. :-)
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