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Matt_Colie

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Posted: 01/28/20 05:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well Captain, If you Really want to tow it and not worry, find a mechanic that knows the cars and tell him that you want to add a DC lube pump. This is how Whosit makes autotrans cars towable 4-down. I am pretty sure it could be done to a Miata as well.

Then there is the report on one of the forums that I read of a sighting of a small rear drive with the rear wheels on the dolly and the front on the ground....

Speaking of which and as a refugee from the Detroit engineering labs, there are more than a few manual trans cars that cannot be towed (long, fast, hard) with the drive wheels on the ground. This is simply because the gearbox has a lube path that passes lube up the geartrain. It is all run by the rotation of the prop shaft. If you talk to the people that designed these things, you would know it was an art.

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Go here - Remco Towing

Plug in your vehicle info and you'll be told if you can tow, or what modifications are required to make it tow-able.


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Remco states it must be towed on a trailer. That is for both the 5 speed manual and 6 speed auto.

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Personally I would PASS on that "nice little" car as they are a DEATH TRAP!!!


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Why is this still in General?

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theoldwizard1 wrote:

fj12ryder wrote:

I once checked on the Miata for towing, and IIRC, the six speed gearbox uses pressurized oil in the gearbox, so I'd do some serious checking before I towed it.

Where does the pressure come from ? Not the engine.
I recall that if the output shaft (that will be turned by the wheels) relies on oil circulated by the turning of the input shaft (turned by the running engine), the car can't be towed 4-down because the output shaft will not be lubricated.

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That sounds very familiar.


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Cummins12V98 wrote:

Personally I would PASS on that "nice little" car as they are a DEATH TRAP!!!
More protection than a motorcycle. [emoticon]

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fj12ryder wrote:

Cummins12V98 wrote:

Personally I would PASS on that "nice little" car as they are a DEATH TRAP!!!
More protection than a motorcycle. [emoticon]


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fj12ryder wrote:

Cummins12V98 wrote:

Personally I would PASS on that "nice little" car as they are a DEATH TRAP!!!
More protection than a motorcycle. [emoticon]


I know you are trying to make a point and be funny.

I think anyone in their right mind knows there is a risk riding a motorcycle. Take A look at the Miatas dismal ability to protect in an accident.

Reason for bringing this up is I personally know a young Lady that is F-Dup to this date. She had no idea how little protection her cute car would give her.

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