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Old 09-08-2015, 08:29 PM   #15
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Every manufacturer of tow dollies says not to tow backwards. Doesn't mean it can't be done but the vehicle isn't designed for that and the front end geometry is wrong.
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Old 09-08-2015, 09:19 PM   #16
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This vehicle looks like a Toyota and I believe it would either be all wheel drive or front wheel drive. I don't think Toyota made an SUV with rear wheel drive.

Not judging this mans toad I was just surprised when I saw it going backwards down the road.
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I would rather just disconnect the drive shaft from the rear differential, tie it up, and then tow forward
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You could tow it forward by starting the engine and let it idle but it will show mileage, I have towed that way many times when towing cars or trucks to auction.
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This vehicle looks like a Toyota and I believe it would either be all wheel drive or front wheel drive. I don't think Toyota made an SUV with rear wheel drive.

Not judging this mans toad I was just surprised when I saw it going backwards down the road.
4Runner, so when he has it in 2WD (normal street driving), the disconnect is via a solenoid operated sleeve on front axle. Effectively for him it's the same as "unlocking the hubs," with some axle turning, but not the front driveshaft. Front wheels basically free roll.

He can't do that for the rear unless he drops the driveshaft.

I wouldn't tow mine that way unless it was a must do it short jaunt. I'd be afraid if something happened and allowed the front wheels to turn, life just got exciting. As far as just rolling along on the front end, I wouldn't with a car but I doubt his front end on the 4Runner is even noticing.......

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