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    Thoughts on TOD disconnect

    Hello,

    I was comparing the VX and Trooper "TOD systems", and I've noticed that Trooper got some extra "pneumo-electronic" valve, or even two, that are purposed to disconnect the TOD box on-the-fly. It is called "shift on the fly" (if I remember it correctly).

    So, lets say we have VX's TOD "disconnected", in other words, the TOD clutch is not engaged, and we have manual hubs installed and unlocked.
    Then, when the car is moving, the clutch disks that are "connected" to the rear wheels are spinning, while disks that are driving the front wheels are not. Or at least not suppose to... But, we have an oil inside the TOD. And this situation will create a friction in between "rear" and "front" discs, that will create heat and extra fuel consumption.
    Maybe thats why Isuzu engineers designed an extra component to disconnect the TOD box?

    What do you think?

    Another thing is -- the common recommendation for disconnection the TOD, includes manipulations with "blue" or "light blue wire". According to the lame Isuzu manual this is a power wire for the TOD computer, while if you look here

    TOD 50/50 mod for Trooper

    Is a scheme that includes a switch that when in ON position sends +12v to the TOD _solenoid_ control wire (the yellow one), that makes the TOD clutch to be completely engaged. It is obvious that grounding of this wire will make the TOD clutch to be completely disengaged.

    Please tell me where I'm wrong...

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    What if somebody else tried already?

    This is why we communicate, it is probaly one of the main concepts of civilization -- in the old days it was: "Do not eat those mushrums", now it is "Do not touch that wire"...


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    I have all the service manuals and Electrical Wiring Diagram for 2000 Trooper. Let me know if you want any scans. (Helm apparently doesn't own a CD burner... CD has been out of stock for months; I had to buy the printed version).

    Nate

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    I think that it is a great idea. The Trooper 2wd/4wd switch has to do something to tell the TOD computer that it shouldn't engage the clutch pack. If someone with the Trooper book could scan or look at the wiring diagram and let us know what that switch connects to, it would be a start.

    We can ignore the part about the vacuum disconnect on the front axle, at least until someone swaps axle housings.

    -Tad

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    Originally posted by Nazrat
    I think that it is a great idea. The Trooper 2wd/4wd switch has to do something to tell the TOD computer that it shouldn't engage the clutch pack. If someone with the Trooper book could scan or look at the wiring diagram and let us know what that switch connects to, it would be a start.

    We can ignore the part about the vacuum disconnect on the front axle, at least until someone swaps axle housings.

    -Tad
    Well... I have the 2000 and 2001 Isuzu manual, it incudes Trooper and VX. I didn't check on the live TOD computers, but it looks like Trooper's TOD computer got an extra one connection for the switch, and it also got extra connections to send commands to the vaccum-electric devices (that are not installed on VX) to perform the disconnect...

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    Originally posted by nater
    I have all the service manuals and Electrical Wiring Diagram for 2000 Trooper.
    ...
    Nate
    Thanks, I think it's the same thing I got.

    I wonder if anybody got a Wiring Diagram for VX?

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    The CD on Tone's site has the VX diagram in it. It would be easiest for someone with the Trooper diagram to compare the two, but if someone can provide me with a copy of the Trooper schematic, I will.


    -Tad

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    Michael, the manuals for Trooper and Vehicross are indeed seperate. If yours are one book for both, they must be from chilton or haynes. I have the REAL manual from Isuzu. Let me know if you would like any pages from it.

    Nate

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    Originally posted by nater
    Michael, the manuals for Trooper and Vehicross are indeed seperate. If yours are one book for both, they must be from chilton or haynes. I have the REAL manual from Isuzu. Let me know if you would like any pages from it.

    Nate
    I have a huge set of .pda files, packaged together... It is from Isuzu. It is called "Isuzu <something> Repair Manual" I'll try to extract the relevant pages into separate pdfs and then I'll post them here.

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    The wire we have interrupted (LB) is voltage to the clutch solenoid not the TOD ECU - check your diagram. I have tried suppling 12v to engage the solenoid completely with no luck. I give up - posts deleted. Good luck.
    Last edited by Tone : 07/20/2004 at 01:41 PM

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    Originally posted by Tone
    Use the search feature Sir Micheal - learn how to fish instead of asking to be fed. You’re new around here, might want to try stuff and THEN report back with all your ducks in a row. BTW, the wire we have interrupted (LB) is voltage to the clutch solenoid not the TOD ECU - check your diagram. I have tried suppling 12v to engage the solenoid completely with no luck.
    Well... search for "TOD disconnect" and "TOD switch" doesnt return any good results... So I looked at the manual I got, asked my friends, and finally posted a new thread, hoping that somebody will either refer me to the right how-to article, either will give enough details about the mod...

    Thank you,
    Michael

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    Originally posted by Michael S.
    Well... search for "TOD disconnect" and "TOD switch" doesnt return any good results... So I looked at the manual I got, asked my friends, and finally posted a new thread, hoping that somebody will either refer me to the right how-to article, either will give enough details about the mod...

    Thank you,
    Michael
    Michael - you're right, THE purpose of this board is to help each other and bounce ideas back and forth (2+ heads are better than one) - looks to me like you did your homework, you were just looking for feedback. Although I haven't had time to tackle this project yet, it is on my list of mods I want to make. I have been watching all posts regarding this matter with much interest, and there seems to be a lot of different things being said. I can't remember anyone saying that it worked exactly as it should, and then following thru with information on how to do it - except for the Trooper guy. No one on a VX has said theirs works as it should and then has told us what exactly they did that I recall. Someone chime in if I'm mistaken. Tone - does yours work without turning on the "check TOD" light? If so, share your success with the rest of us, please.

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    Maybe I'm confused here, but is the question whether or not you can install a TOD disconnect switch? If so, the answer is yes, with less than a half hour of work. I've had mine in for a few months now with no problems. I like the way RWD handles on pavement and you save a little gas 'cause you can coast without the engine braking kicking in.
    Formerly VxRaNgEr

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    Originally posted by Spy Hunter
    Maybe I'm confused here, but is the question whether or not you can install a TOD disconnect switch? If so, the answer is yes, with less than a half hour of work. I've had mine in for a few months now with no problems. I like the way RWD handles on pavement and you save a little gas 'cause you can coast without the engine braking kicking in.
    Are you operating without the check TOD light on? Post some directions - share the wealth, that's the value of this site!

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    Originally posted by Raque Thomas
    Are you operating without the check TOD light on? Post some directions - share the wealth, that's the value of this site!
    didnt it have to do with puttin a load on the wire so it thinks its still connected to the silinoid(sp?)?
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