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Tow Options!
« on: Aug 04, 2014, 10:40:20 AM »
OK, I have a dilemma for the up coming MCR and an elk hunt after that. I have a Ford F250 and a trailer that I usually end up towing my Toyota 4Runner for long distances to save wear on mainly tires, but the rig too and also if it decides to fubar on the trail its easier to get home. You know what I mean, anyways the ford is inop at the moment with the manual trans 1-2 sincros are going to poop on me real soon. (Still kind of drivable) The famous Zf650 trans prob and a heavy foot in the younger age haha. Id probably go with the second one. Its been a good rig for a lot of years. I don't have the time and money to get it fixed at the time......do to other more important issues arising.(shop being built and saving for this elk tag in CO). The 4runner is a 93 with the 22re on 37" SSR Super swamps. Its capable of making the 600 miles or so round trip, but its no speed demand doing it. So getting to the question, if you were me would you.............

1:Drive it to the con?

2:Find a buddy that wants to go with a tow rig? No luck so far...there all workaholics.

3:Put the tow bar on and flat tow with my dodge dakata?

4:Not go and save some pennies to get the tow rig fixed?

The last option sucks......let me know what a smart feller would do hahaha :bowdown:

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Re: Tow Options!
« Reply #1 on: Aug 04, 2014, 12:37:28 PM »
Smart man would choose #4. I've never been accused of being a smart man so I would probably go with #3. At least you have a ride home if you break the 4runner.

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Re: Tow Options!
« Reply #2 on: Aug 04, 2014, 01:54:21 PM »
Man up and #1!! It'll suck but it's more of a challenge and it'll save you some $$  ;)

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Re: Tow Options!
« Reply #3 on: Aug 04, 2014, 02:02:15 PM »
If it's only synchros in the ford tranny (no bearing problems); drive the ford.

Just shift slower, double clutch and match revs when shifting.     
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Re: Tow Options!
« Reply #4 on: Aug 04, 2014, 02:10:09 PM »
I'd go with #4 as well.
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Re: Tow Options!
« Reply #5 on: Aug 04, 2014, 05:20:36 PM »
Drive it up there!!! Ill be driving my rig up.. 10 hours  :driving:  :burnout:
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Re: Tow Options!
« Reply #6 on: Aug 04, 2014, 07:17:16 PM »
I say 1 but probably would do 4.
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Re: Tow Options!
« Reply #7 on: Aug 04, 2014, 08:18:39 PM »
Man up and #1!! It'll suck but it's more of a challenge and it'll save you some $$  ;)

ive done this, always driven my runner to and from the trail and its a dd. have broken many times and the biggest one was loosing 1st gear and still had to drive home the next day, which was a couple hours away.

#3 sounds like a good option so if u do break and cant trail repair u can always still tow the truck home. id just make sure the dodge is up to the task, oil change,fluids, brakes, etc...


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Re: Tow Options!
« Reply #8 on: Aug 05, 2014, 08:10:45 AM »
If it's only synchros in the ford tranny (no bearing problems); drive the ford.

Just shift slower, double clutch and match revs when shifting.     

Ive been doing that to get by when I absolutely need to use it but its eventually going to leave me up sh$%# creek without a paddle. You really have to faness it into 1st......ease it in. Every stop light and sign. I do notice it sifts better when the oils cold. Ive done some reading and a lot of people put a thicker viscosity oil to help.  :headscratch: People really start honking when your at a light and its giving you the fits!
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Re: Tow Options!
« Reply #9 on: Aug 05, 2014, 08:19:45 AM »
Ive looked into putting in a new syncro kit and while Im there a new clutch (clutch changed about four years ago but not a lot of miles). Its easily a thousand dollar bill to do it right and just to do it my self. To get a rebuild there roughly 2500 hundred smacks. NOT COOL!!!  :rivers: I could do it  in do time but not right now and I want to play!!! :gap: 

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Re: Tow Options!
« Reply #10 on: Aug 05, 2014, 05:18:35 PM »
#1 shouldn't be a problem, it is what most of us still do.

Another option would be to rent a uhaul to tow your rig to South Lake Tahoe or Sac(if running the whole trail), drive to the trail head, then schedule another uhaul in South Lake to tow yourself home.
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