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I am new to this forum and came here for 2 reasons. 1 I will hopefully be buying a new Tacoma in a few months. 2. I hope I can get an answer on towing my P.U. behind a Motorhome. We are looking at a 4x4 double cab Auto V6. I will be installing a driveshaft disconect to protect the Trannie. Of course Toy says you cannot tow the truck. Will the transfer case give me a problem? I have been told to put it in 2 wheel drive and away we go. Is there a fuse ( maybe BCM) tht can be removed while towing that will stop the odometer from registering? Thanks

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Are you talking flat towing? Or on a dolly?

I'd recommend a dolly, you can get a dolly with brakes, making stopping easier.
A driveshaft disconnect, when disconnected and towing with this method, will stop the odometer from registering mileage.

The front axle of the Tacoma spins at all times unless you have locking hubs. The solution to this is either a manual hub conversion, or tow on a car dolly.

My parents have a 2002 Tacoma they tow, after looking at all the factors they determined that a driveshaft disconnect and a dolly was the best solution to protect the truck while towing.

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I'm not sure, but I think if you want to suspend the odometer you can disconnect the vehicle speed sensor from the transfer case.
 

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I definitely do not want to use a tow dolly. After i posted I realized that the speedo would not register with a driveshaft disconnect. Wasnt thinking How do the front hubs work? When you are in 2 wheel drive do they disconnect? Thanks

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I don't think the Toyota ADD system ever fully disconnects...it really only disconnects one half-shaft I believe which of course relieves any torsion but all the differential components still spin and wear out. I think Ford of all companies came out with an ADD system that actually fully disconnects both half-shafts.
 

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97TacoDude said:
I think Ford of all companies came out with an ADD system that actually fully disconnects both half-shafts.
ADD: Automatic disconnecting diff

Ford use automatic hubs, entirely different, as you pointed out.
 

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moisheh said:
I am new to this forum and came here for 2 reasons. 1 I will hopefully be buying a new Tacoma in a few months. 2. I hope I can get an answer on towing my P.U. behind a Motorhome. We are looking at a 4x4 double cab Auto V6. I will be installing a driveshaft disconect to protect the Trannie. Of course Toy says you cannot tow the truck. Will the transfer case give me a problem? I have been told to put it in 2 wheel drive and away we go. Is there a fuse ( maybe BCM) tht can be removed while towing that will stop the odometer from registering? Thanks

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My truck is a little different, but I have towed it 4 down with the tranny and trasfer in nuetral with no problems. Mine is a 5 sp with manual hubs. I use a "brake buddy" to provide braking and break away protection. I think you would be fine with you axle disconnect and flat towing it. Call adco and ask them about it. I was thinking of buying a double cab last year and they told me I'd be ok with the drive shaft disconnect... but I would look into a brake buddy or simular device.
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TQM3 : Were the manusl hubs an OEM option? If not where did you buy them? Does anyone make them for the 05 PU. Sorry for all the questions. Did you mean Remco? We will be installing a brake device that works of our air brakes. Thanks

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TQM3 : Were the manusl hubs an OEM option? If not where did you buy them? Does anyone make them for the 05 PU. Sorry for all the questions. Did you mean Remco? We will be installing a brake device that works of our air brakes. Thanks

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The ADD hubs used to be the 'option' back when toyota made real trucks...now ADD is all they put on the trucks. You can probably get a kit eventually to go to manual hubs on the 2005, but expect to spend $1,000. I doubt anyone makes them yet though.....
 

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I believe the manual states that if you put the transmission in neutral and the transfer case in neutral, you can tow the truck all day long w/ out any problems.
 

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I believe the manual states that if you put the transmission in neutral and the transfer case in neutral, you can tow the truck all day long w/ out any problems.
Trouble is the new 2005 HAS NO NEUTRAL for the T-Case! :mad:
 

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tacoma electric transfer case

I really appreciate all the answers. If I understand everything this what I read: There is no neutral for the transfer case. One of the shafts and the bearings are turning all the time. If this is correct then wouldnt this be true when you are driving down the road in 2 wheel drive? if so then the wear and tear would be the same as if you were under power? YES? NO?
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off pirates faq...

Originally Posted by Marlin Crawler
On all auto chain driven and manual gear driven t/cases, if it is towed in two wheel drive, the output shaft will turn, but there will be no way for the oil at the bottom of the case to get to the top where the output shaft is.
On the chain driven cases, the input shaft turns the planetary housing which drives the oil pump.
Gear driven cases use the input gear and low range gears to throw oil on the inside of the housing that collects the oil via gutters and directs it to the rear of the case by gravity.
Both style of cases, must have the input shaft spinning to lube the output shaft, speedo gears, and rear seal of the t/case.
The rear driveshaft must be removed.
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moisheh said:
OK beat Taco: Are you saying that IF the d-shaft is disconnected than it is OK? Thanks

thats correct. the front is fine because the differential is not engaged when you are not in 4x4.
 

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link817 said:
I believe the manual states that if you put the transmission in neutral and the transfer case in neutral, you can tow the truck all day long w/ out any problems.
Don't know if you can put the electric t-case in neutral without putting it in 4WD, but the stick t-case you definitely CAN'T (unless you twin-stick it :) ). If you have manual hubs you can keep them unlocked in the front, but if you have ADD you need to be absolutely sure you do not start the truck with the t-case in neutral if you are going to tow it, or it will engage the front drive completely. That will result in bind-up while towing. Don't know how the new electric ADDs will respond.

Edit: DOH! Should have read further on. Anyway, for anyone else reading this that does have a stick t-case, it is in 4WD when in neutral.
 
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