Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-22-2010, 08:19 PM   #15
HiHoAgRV's Avatar

1991 34' Excella
1963 26' Overlander
1961 26' Overlander
Central , Mississippi
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 5,444
Images: 29
Blog Entries: 49
The transfer case is designed so the lower internal shaft is the one that turns when you tow it. That means it's spinning in the lube, transfering oil to all of the gears. The transmission is backwards. The output shaft, the one that turns when it's towed in neutral, is on top. It does NOT rotate in the oil. It only lubes when the input shaft, the one that goes to the engine, is turning.

I towed many, many miles with no problem but on a long haul, Jackson MS to Houston TX, it finally had enough. I suppose if I stopped every 100 miles or so and started the engine, let out on the clutch in neutral to spin the lower transmission shaft, I would have been ok.

From then on I towed with the xfer in neutral, transmission in 4th. The reason I didn't use 2nd or 3rd as recommended in the owners manual...I figure if the transfer case jumped in gear I'd much rather the poor ole 1.3 Liter would tolerate the highway speed 4th gear rpms better than the 2nd gear rpms
Loved my Samurai, accidentially sold it last may...

Hi Ho Silver RV! Vernon, Sarah, Mac the Border Collie -
A honkin' long 34' named AlumaTherapy
and a 26' '63 Overlander, Dolly
HiHoAgRV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2010, 08:08 PM   #16
2 Rivet Member
jwisland's Avatar
2001 31' Land Yacht
Spokane , Washington
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 26

This cute little rig would be screaming in 4th at 60 about 5th? In case I don't feel her in gear behind me? She's so light I'm not sure I'd notice if the transfer went into gear........unless I saw smoke or pistons flying out the engine from my side mirrors. Now THAT would tell me to PULL OVER!

Is the "lube factor" really that serious if I'm checking it every night...or 300 miles?


2001 LY 30
'86 Samurai toad
StowMaster tow
SMI Duo braking
jwisland is offline   Reply With Quote

gear, samurai, suzuki, tow, transfer

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
TV Selection Cracker Our Community 27 07-08-2004 01:24 PM
tire selection sladew Tires 4 07-25-2003 12:05 AM
tire selection sladew Tires 0 07-24-2003 08:47 PM
My Suzuki Samurai dropped into gear while being towed williamhenshall General Motorhome Topics 16 04-07-2003 09:30 AM
Gear vendors vs Us Gear LKappenman Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 0 04-18-2002 08:00 AM

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:38 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.