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joraz

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Anyone flat towing a Toyota 4Runner 4WD? I'm looking at picking up an old 4Runner (06 or so) or a Lexus GX470. I know I can flat tow the 470 and I suspect the 4Runner is no different. Anyone towing a 4Runner 4 down?
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(Note: I know the owners manual says no)
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joraz wrote:


(Note: I know the owners manual says no)


So, you're looking for an internet engineer to tell you the ones at Toyota are wrong?

You may be able to modify the vehicle to make it okay but otherwise I'm not really sure what you are asking.

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I'm not really sure what you are asking.


I'm asking if any members are towing one of these.
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Doing what others do can can cost you lots of money...or a 4Runner.


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Toyota says no. It might work with a drive shaft disconnect. Have you tried asking on a Toyota forum?


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If the owners manual says no, I would just ignore the advise of highly qualified Toyota engineers and go ahead and tow it. Your car, your money if things go wrong.

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joraz wrote:

Anyone flat towing a Toyota 4Runner 4WD? I'm looking at picking up an old 4Runner (06 or so) or a Lexus GX470. I know I can flat tow the 470 and I suspect the 4Runner is no different. Anyone towing a 4Runner 4 down?
Thanks.
(Note: I know the owners manual says no)
jor

If you want to do this, check out Remco Towing you input the information and it will give you options, such as a Lube Pump, from Remco. Without a Lube Pump you will probably trash your transmission. But it will set you back around $2,000 too. Good luck.

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OP here: Toyota says no of course, however, after reviewing lots of posts on this and communicating with those that have been doing so for years and many thousands of miles, I am comfortable towing either with one caveat. The vehicle must have a transfer case with a Neutral position. The 4Runner I had in mind has the electronic selector and won't work. All the early Lexus 470s, however, have the right setup so I'm likely buying an 04 GX470 and will rig it to tow. Both Remco and Roadmaster sell the baseplate. I already have a Roadmaster tow bar that I've used on three other toads so I'm good to go. Thanks to all.
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In order to tow any Toyota / Lexus product 4down as is, it must have a MANUAL shift transfer case with NEUTRAL position. That means it cannot have a button or switch to engage 4WD, it must be shifted manually with a shift lever. Since 2010 Toyota has made a 4Runner Off Road edition / or TRD edition that has a manual shift transfer case and can be towed 4down.


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In order to tow any Toyota / Lexus product 4down as is, it must have a MANUAL shift transfer case with NEUTRAL position.


Yes, that is exactly what I have discovered. I think when Toyota and Lexus owner manuals indicate they cannot be towed, it is the lawyers talking not the engineers. Thanks.
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