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nsnivaseeker



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 12:22 pm Post subject: Towing a niva Reply with quote

Would anyone be able to offer me some insight... I am moving this week and need to tow my Niva to the new house (as its not able to move itself there). I was going to tow it with a dolly tow trailer but where the two front wheels are on the trailer and the two back are not will that potentially cause any damage to it?
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GadgetBoy



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 12:24 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

It'll be fine. Make sure the difflock is off and the transfer box is in neutral.
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nsnivaseeker



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 12:40 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds great thanks for the quick reply!
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gogmorgo



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 10:59 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

If it were me I would drop the rear driveshaft just to be on the safe side, especially if it's a long move. In most transfer cases, neutral doesn't disengage the two driveshafts from each other, it just sticks it between high and low range, so you'll still be spinning the diff like crazy. For a short distance, like if you're moving within the same city, it should be fine. But you'll probably cause problems if you're trying to move cross-country.
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nsnivaseeker



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 11:03 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

Only going 50-60 km.
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gogmorgo



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:31 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, it shouldn't be too bad, then.
Personally, I would still prefer having the peace of mind that would come with having the rear axle disconnected, or better yet, off the ground (i.e. a full trailer) but I can appreciate that it's not always feasible for one reason or another.
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