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  • avatar actualsize 03/08/08 2:41 am PST

    Let's hope you've got a manual transmission Sport Trac. If you do, you're good to go, as is.

    I'm not sure the neutral lockout kit for the automatic applies to that model. Motorhome Magazine's dinghy towing guide is well-researched, but the online versions don't go back to 2001. I THINK the 2002 Sport Trac is mechanically the same, but I don't know for sure. Ask your dealer. MH Mag says the kit only applies to the Explorer, presumably because it has electronic shift on the fly with an "auto" mode.

    Apologies to Mr. S, who I normally agree with, but I sure don't like the driveshaft disconnect system, and I've seen this same one sold for many years. Driveshafts need to be carefully balanced to keep vibrations out of the cabin. I can't abide hacking them apart and adding some cable operated linkage to them.

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  • MrShift@Edmunds 03/07/08 12:13 pm PST

    Most 4WD vehicles with a manual transmission, manual transfer case and manual lock out hubs can be towed on all four wheels safely with no problems-if the 4WD has no manual lockout hubs and/or no manual transfer case you will need a REMCO DS coupling on the rear drive shaft to tow it safely.

    see: www.remcotowing.com

    If it is an automatic transmission, this company says you can't tow it 4 wheels down unless you have a "dealer installed neutral kit".

    See their charts for towing:

    http://www.motorhomemagazine.com/dinghy
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  • actualsize 03/08/08 2:41 am PST

    Let's hope you've got a manual transmission Sport Trac. If you do, you're good to go, as is.

    I'm not sure the neutral lockout kit for the automatic applies to that model. Motorhome Magazine's dinghy towing guide is well-researched, but the online versions don't go back to 2001. I THINK the 2002 Sport Trac is mechanically the same, but I don't know for sure. Ask your dealer. MH Mag says the kit only applies to the Explorer, presumably because it has electronic shift on the fly with an "auto" mode.

    Apologies to Mr. S, who I normally agree with, but I sure don't like the driveshaft disconnect system, and I've seen this same one sold for many years. Driveshafts need to be carefully balanced to keep vibrations out of the cabin. I can't abide hacking them apart and adding some cable operated linkage to them.

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