Four down towing my Xterrra
I wanted to be able to tow my 2015 Nissan Xterra Pro-4X behind my new motorhome so I was faced with a decision. I had to decide where to buy a new Wrangler again, a trailer, a dolly or to find a way to tow the vehicle I already had with all 4 down. I really didn’t know if there was a solution for 4 down towing but I did my research and found a company that makes it possible. The Drive Shaft King in Dallas (David Massey) has been making this modification on 4-wheel drive SUVs like mine for years. The cost for this modification for the Xterra was right at $1,600.
The first thing that they had to do in the shop was to cut the drive shaft. They then had to weld in plates so that the shaft could be disengaged manually by pulling a lever mounted on the floor of the Xterra on the driver’s side. The plates are keyed so that when I re-engage the drive shaft by pushing in the lever, I’m back in rear-wheel drive. To disengage, I turn the engine off and pull the button and put it in park. I have to key the first position in the car which frees up the steering without the battery being operative.
In order to engage the drive shaft again, I start the engine, put it in drive briefly, then neutral. I have to quickly turn off the engine, push the button in slightly until I hear a scraping noise and finally, within a second or two, push the button in completely. It was kind of scary at first but now I’m used to it and it is a piece of cake! If you’re interested in towing your vehicle, I highly recommend David in Dallas (800-442-6329) or in Vista, CA, Mel’s Welding (760-727-2777).
As the pictures illustrate, this is not an easy job and certainly not one the average mechanic would take on. It took more than half a day of work and some modifications to have everything go into place. You can always call me on my cell @ (760) 207-8046 for more information.