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wciim

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Posted: 08/12/11 02:40am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We found a Geo Tracker 1997, 74K miles in perfect condition. It is automatic 4x4. We wanted to tow 4 down. Have we messed up? Does anyone out there tow an automatic 4x4 tracker 4 down? If so, is there a need for any mods? Have there been any problems?

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Posted: 08/12/11 03:45am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I "think" you did mess up. I towed a mid 90s tracker 5 speed stick shift which at that time needed the manual front hubs to tow it. I am sure at the time that I would have bought an automatic if it was towable. now you can modify with drive shaft disconnects/tranny pumps etc. when buying a vehicle, always look in the owner's manual under recreational towing or towing behind a motorhome and see what they say, just because somebody comes on and sez "I towed mine 2,000 miles and it was OK" means nothing to me, the tranny could go out in 48 thousand miles instead of 148,000.
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Posted: 08/12/11 05:04am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Did you check the Remco Towing Application Charts?

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Posted: 08/12/11 05:35am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yeah, looks as if Bumpy is right.....you bought the wrong year.....I went to the site (above) and they said this:
1989 - 1998 Geo Tracker

Engine:ALL
Drivetrain:2WD
Transmission:Automatic
Click here to tow your 1989 - 1998 2WD ALL Geo Tracker

Application Notes
Stub kit only. Waiver must be signed before shipment. $658.00 for parts to modify existing drive shaft.

It appears the newer ones could be towed without any modifications.....sorry


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I went to the above site and all that is needed is MANUAL HUBS. It is a 4X4 w/Auto. I tow a 95 sidekick all the time and have no problems. I think Bumpy and Pap Pappy must have read the wrong thing in the original post. If you need help determining if you have auto or manual hubs, just PM me I'll send info and photos. It is a great towed.


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sbishop is correct. I also checked Remco and the site has to following information for the 4WD model.

Drivetrain: 4WD
Transmission: Manual/Automatic

Towable as is with manual hubs. Aftermarket manual hubs available.

I think I would listen and get help from sbishop.

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Posted: 08/12/11 06:58am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

sbishop wrote:

I think Bumpy and Pap Pappy must have read the wrong thing in the original post.


I stand corrected.....hey, it's early in the morning
I looked at the 2WD version....sorry.

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Posted: 08/12/11 06:58am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You need about manual or automatic hubs and then you are good to go. You can verify which if any hubs you have. Look closely at the front hubs. If they require turning you have manual, if they say automatic, you are good to go. If they have a plate with bulge in center, you need hubs installed.

Put transfer case in neutral, Transmission in PARK. Book says to stop every 250 miles or so and run engine with transmission in Drive for five minutes. I run in drive and then operate for couple minutes in reverse also.


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Posted: 08/12/11 07:10am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Been towing a 95 Tracker, auto, 4wd w/auto hubs for 5 years and 40k plus miles and NO problems. Good find!!


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Posted: 08/12/11 08:40am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We also purchased an old Auto trans Tracker with Auto Hubs. You can flat tow once the hubs are replaced to manual hubs and the vehicle is placed in free wheel or neutral.

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