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Old 12-15-2016, 12:34 PM   #1  
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Default Noob from Arizona, Hi Richard here!

These forums are very new to me, but I will learn how to communicate! I do all my own repairs, modifications and maintenance. At 70 I am still overloaded with Projects!
Just Purchased my first Motorhome (Diesel) and my First Miata 2003, 5 Speed, W/100K Miles, car seems to be in GOOD shape! I have changed most of the fluids, and the front brakes, the rear end is next.

My first project is design and install a 4 down flat tow system, as this will be my TOAD for the Motorhome, ALL COMMENTS are appreciated, and welcome, I need all the help I can get.
My research on towing a 5 speed has brought very mixed opinions, comments?

Thanks Richard
P. S. My past sports cars were, in 1963 purchased totalled 1954 Corvette, and in 1976 purchased a 1977 Corvette and placed 150K plus miles on it, was a ton of fun!!!!
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My first project is design and install a 4 down flat tow system, as this will be my TOAD for the Motorhome, ALL COMMENTS are appreciated, and welcome, I need all the help I can get.
My research on towing a 5 speed has brought very mixed opinions, comments?
Lots of people have anecdotes about their cars being fine, but officially you should disconnect the driveshaft to flat tow with a 5 speed. They are only lubed when the input shaft rotates.

The 6 speed is fine for flat towing.

I have Roadmaster tow bar and Miata baseplates (711-2) for sale
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I have used a tow dolly for years dragging the car as far as 9 hours then abusing it on the track and dragging it home. Multiple years and multiple tracks a year. No 5 speeds were harmed in the making of this film.
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I have used a tow dolly for years dragging the car as far as 9 hours then abusing it on the track and dragging it home. Multiple years and multiple tracks a year. No 5 speeds were harmed in the making of this film.
But that was not a flat tow.
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But that was not a flat tow.
why does that matter? rear wheels are on the ground either way...
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why does that matter? rear wheels are on the ground either way...
Thinking it could make a difference in how the lubricant sits in the XMSN. If the output shaft is the problem, then having the front wheels raised on a dolly could make a difference.
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Tow it backwards
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Gotcha. Makes sense. Wonder if it's a factor.
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