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towing a 1988 Trooper

10-12-2010, 05:45 PM
Anyone know if it is okay to tow a 1988 Trooper II w/ a tow bar. It is a 4wd, manual transmission. Do not know if has auto or manual hubs (not my car (yet)).


10-16-2010, 10:19 PM
Put trans and t-case in Neutral and disconnect the rear drive shaft.

10-16-2010, 11:52 PM
Put trans and t-case in Neutral and disconnect the rear drive shaft.

Why disconnect the rear driveshaft? The T case and manual trans both in neutral should do the trick, imo.

10-16-2010, 11:55 PM
It would be a short ride, just to get it from point A to point B for repair (bad rod). Maybe 30 miles, as a guess...


I might just call AAA and have them tow it....

10-19-2010, 09:29 PM
Even with the t-case in N, the DS is still turning parts inside that may not get lubed properly. Some t-cases (Toyota for example) actually connect the front + rear outputs (4WD) before disconnecting from the trans (N). (Shift pattern is 2H-4H-N-4L).
Disconnecting the DS is an added safety measure.

I flat tow my 84 rockcrawler with my 2000 Trooper, I've learned a few things.

10-20-2010, 02:37 PM
The 88 trooper transfer case technically does not have a "neutral". A lot of people confuse the crossover between 4H to 4L as "Neutral", it really ain't. (there's a reason Isuzu didn't label the T/C shifter knob with a "N") It's just in between gears. I have 3 of them. If it's a short tow, just put the tranny in neutral and tow it. Don't go over 45-50 and you'll be fine. i towed one of my troopers 75 miles with a tow bar with no issues.


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