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Can you Flat Tow a FJ ?

Can you Flat tow(4 wheels on the ground behind an RV) a Fj without harm? I was hoping to get a mechanic to post on this one. I know the owners manual says you can't but from what I have read it is because Toyota has not wanted to deal with Flat Towing. Many other makes are now stating that auto trans with 4x4 and a transfer case can be flat towed(ford, Dodge, Chevy) by shifting transfer into into nuetral. Is there really any reason that an FJ can not?
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Re: Can you Flat Tow a FJ ?

The short answer is no.

If you have about $1100.00 the FJ can be modified to be flat towed but the warranty will be effected.

If flat towing is a priority...Jeep would be your brand

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Re: Can you Flat Tow a FJ ?

What is the long answer. Anyone ?
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Re: Can you Flat Tow a FJ ?

Some transfer cases don't have enough lubrication while being towed. That unfortunately includes the FJ.

If it's a auto with the part time case a Remco Drive Shaft Coupling should solve the problem. I think they are around $1K. Manual with a full time case would need the Remco and a tow dolly.

Or if you're cheap, remove the driveshaft(s).
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Some transfer cases don't have enough lubrication while being towed. That unfortunately includes the FJ.
So the engine lubricates the transfer case? If so, then what if you just leave the engine running while towing and the transfer case in "N" position...the FJ sips very little fuel while in idle.
I am not saying I would do this, nor do I recommend it, but is it theoretically possible?
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what if you just leave the engine running while towing and the transfer case in "N" position
I haven't been inside a FJ case to be sure but it's possible. It's like coasting down a long hill. There are many people doing this with other makes of 2wd leaving the trans in N. The trans would have to be in D on a 4wd for it to spin the input of the transfer case. Not sure how the electronic controls and nanny systems would like it.
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Re: Can you Flat Tow a FJ ?

disconnect both axles that go to both you're differentials, it might be more involved but its free, and safe IMO.

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What is the long answer. Anyone ?
Unless you have $1,100 extra, then the anwser is No. But for that price, i'd just get a trailer to put the FJ on.
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So the engine lubricates the transfer case? If so, then what if you just leave the engine running while towing and the transfer case in "N" position...the FJ sips very little fuel while in idle.
I am not saying I would do this, nor do I recommend it, but is it theoretically possible?
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The engine lubricates the tranfer case??? I don't think so.

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Some transfer cases don't have enough lubrication while being towed. That unfortunately includes the FJ.
So the engine lubricates the transfer case? If so, then what if you just leave the engine running while towing and the transfer case in "N" position...the FJ sips very little fuel while in idle.
I am not saying I would do this, nor do I recommend it, but is it theoretically possible?
The engine lubricates the tranfer case??? I don't think so.
Well, then what is the difference between driving the Fj and towing the FJ with transfer case in "N" position.
I don't have money for an RV to tow my FJ, but I'd still like to know why I could not just put my 6MT FJ's transfer case in "N" and tow it?
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