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Old 07-30-2010, 04:44 PM   #1
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Towing a 2WD 5-speed Tracker

Owners manual of 1999 Tracker says 2WD, 5-speed shouldn't be towed 4 down.

But I know of several people who have hauled them many miles 4 down.

Anybody on the forum have experience or advice?


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Old 07-30-2010, 06:27 PM   #2
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You might have to use manual lock out front hubs to be able to tow 4 down.
What does the owners' manual advise?
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Old 08-09-2010, 08:47 PM   #3
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Make sure you are reading about the 2 wd and not the 4 wd. My wife has a '98 4wd and it can't be towed 4 down. With the auto front locking hubs it has to be towed on a dolly with the front wheels on the ground, facing backwards.
Even then I have had problems with the hubs locking so I remove the front driveshaft bolts and wire the shaft up to the bottom of the car.
Seems if I leave the shaft connected and the transfer case in nuetral as well as the trans. it managed to go back into gear, then if you back up at all the hubs lock. The mounts are very flexible on this vehicle and the transfer case/trans. moves around alot when driving.
So being a former heavy equipment mechanic I just disconnect the driveshaft.
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Old 08-10-2010, 12:52 AM   #4
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Our's is a 1992 Tracker 2 WD 5 Speed that We have towed well over 50,000 Miles without a problem. The Book says that it is Not Towable ,but My Mechanic asked Why Not!
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Our 98 was 4 wheel drive, but had manual hubs. As I recall from the manual, that was the only version towable 4 down. Manual required starting the engine every 200 miles to lube the transfer case. When I first got it, I used a dolly, manual required it to be rear wheels on the dolly, which makes sense as it is rear wheel drive.
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Remco Towing's application guide says Tracker manual transmissions are towable as is, whether 2WD or 4WD.

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I have towed my 1993 Suzuki Sidekick (2 wheel drive, manual 5 speed transmission) since 2006 4 down with no problems. It followed me all the way to the Grand Canyon for the irv2.com National Rally and there was another Suzuki similar to mine parked next to me in Williams. The Suzuki and Tracker are almost the same according to my mechanic.

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