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Old 09-12-2010, 06:44 PM
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Default disconnecting driveshaft for towing 4 down

i want to tow my ranger 4 down behind my rv, but would like to know if it it difficult or unsafe to disconnect the driveshaft and secure myself without buying the very expensive driveshaft disconnect kit. If anyone has done this before, I would appreciate a quick how to, or any tips you could provide. thanks
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Old 09-12-2010, 06:47 PM
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Default Re: disconnecting driveshaft for towing 4 down

It is pretty easy to disconnect the driveshaft. The bolts that hold it on if I recall correctly are torx head bolts

what year is the ranger?
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Old 09-12-2010, 06:59 PM
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Default Re: disconnecting driveshaft for towing 4 down

it's an 01. Do I have to tape something in place? I think i read that somewhere.
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Old 09-12-2010, 07:28 PM
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Default Re: disconnecting driveshaft for towing 4 down

there should be the 4 bolts that hold the u-joint to the rear end 2 bolts on the carrier barring if it has a two piece drive shaft. and then pull the yoke out of the tail housing. but by doing this you will loose some transmission fluid. if the u-joint does not have a strap keeping the caps secured to the u-joint you can loose them. most of the time it has a strap if it is the factory u-joint if it has been replaced it does not have one so you might have to tape them onto the u-joint.

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Old 09-12-2010, 07:41 PM
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Default Re: disconnecting driveshaft for towing 4 down

I was under the impression that i needed to secure the driveshaft under the truck use of the frame with something like a ratcheting strap or someone also said bailing wire,.. is that correct?
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Old 09-12-2010, 09:49 PM
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Default Re: disconnecting driveshaft for towing 4 down

yea you can do that if you didnt want to pull it out every time.
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Old 09-14-2010, 07:23 PM
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Default Re: disconnecting driveshaft for towing 4 down

You'll need a 12 point 12mm wrench to remove the rear shaft bolts off the pinion flange(aka axle side). They're a closed in unit....so there's no straps to deal with. It's all flanged at the back axle and secured with 4 bolts. There's a crossmember above your muffler that's a good place to loop a strap to hold the shaft up. If you're a 2wd, you'll wanna make sure you secure it nicely as the shaft could pull itself out of the transmission and you could have a mess of ATF all over the road. 4wd, that's not a problem as the shaft's slip is in the shaft as opposed to the slip being at the trans on 2wd's.

BUT....if you're a manual trans, just leave it in neutral.



What you've read about taping is probably marking the location of the shaft flange to the axle flange. Put it back in the same orientation when you bolt it all back up.
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