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dbord 12-01-2019 10:49 AM

Toyota Tacoma as a toad
Wondering if a Tacoma with a manual transmission and 4 wheel drive can be flat towed?

Alpine36 12-01-2019 11:05 AM

I've seen many Tacomas being towed flat four.
Don't be discouraged if Toyota says no, that seems to be their standard answer on all models. As long as the transfer case has neutral and equipped with a manual transmission you should be fine. SOP for most is shift transfer case to neutral, trans in second or third gear, key on accessory to release steering wheel lock. I'd search Toyota Tacoma forums to verify your particular year and model is ok to flat tow.

Busskipper 12-01-2019 11:18 AM


Originally Posted by dbord (Post 5058977)
Wondering if a Tacoma with a manual transmission and 4 wheel drive can be flat towed?

Does it have a manual shift for 4X4 ?

Thread on GX 470's -

Look at Number 26 for procedure before towing.

Best of Luck,

Brad2018 12-01-2019 01:59 PM

What year is the Tacoma? To my knowledge, all of the Gen2 and forward cannot be flat towed without a driveshaft disconnect. I had an automatic and was looking into trading in for a 4x4 for the very same reason.

dbord 12-02-2019 01:17 PM

Just talked to these guys and they said any 4wd Tacoma with a neutral setting can be flat towed. Exception is a transfer case that electronically shifts the transfer case. This includes ones with automatic transmissions. I sure would like to hear from someone who has done this. - Toyota SUV Off-Road Outfitters


Brad2018 12-02-2019 01:24 PM

You could input your info on this website and it will clear it up quickly. You'll need to know your transmission model number.

Ndrorder 12-02-2019 03:14 PM

The manual for a 2011 Tacoma TRD Sport, automatic and electric transfer case, states not to tow 4 or even 2 down. But, that doesn't mean it hasn't been done.

dbord 12-02-2019 03:31 PM

Don't have a Tacoma yet until I can figure this out. Talked to these people - Toyota SUV Off-Road Outfitters and they said for sure you cannot do it on a electric
transfer case.

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