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Old 12-15-2003, 02:20   #1 (permalink)
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Towing a Car

I have been roped into helping a mate out tomorrow night.

His S13 Silvia's motor died (no problems there he has a gtr skyline donk to go into it) And I have to tow it back from Brisbane to Lismore With the XR8 ute and a car trailer.
Lmao the rice bubble poped

Now this is my question.

Am I going to have problems towing some thing of this weight.

My ute has been lowered I'm guessing by about 40mm.
I think i have the chunky factory tow pack on the car.
I have an auto as well. (should I stay out of drive with it towing such a weight?)

Come on those of you that have car towing expirence. Suggestions or thoughts on the matter.
By the way i have never towed anything like this before
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Old 12-15-2003, 02:39   #2 (permalink)
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You won't have any problems as far as power and weight is concerned.
You may have trouble in as much as rear end sag on your ute. Mainly because to create a nice stable load, you need to have a a fair bit of 'ball' weight, that is, the amount of weight on the tow ball. If your total towed wieght is (say) 2000kg, then you should have at least 150kg - 200kg ball weight. Now because this weight is right at the back of the ute, getting heaps of leverage, it will load you down quite a bit.
It should still handle it ok, it's just that your steering will be a little light and handling will feel odd. If you see that it does sag quite a bit, just keep the speed below 100 and it shouldn't sway.

I would also increase the tyre pressures to at least 40psi.
Yes, towing in 3 rather than D would be a good idea, and manual changing down going down hills won't hurt either.
You should also make sure 100% that you have the big square tube 2300kg tow pack fitted as the normal one is only rated for 1600kg.

The car mechanicals will be fine.
I've towed many full sized sedans on car trailers with my I6 XH ute without hiccup.

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Old 12-15-2003, 03:11   #3 (permalink)
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A S13 silvia ways around 1100kgs
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So that would make around 1700kg total towed weight.
1100kg car + 600kg trailer = 1700kg, shoul be a snap to tow.

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Nup on further inspection I only have the standard tow ball am I stillok to tow this???????
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You might be close, find out how heavy the trailer is and find out exactly what your tow bar is capable of.

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i towed an HQ on a trailer 200k's with my old EA, which only had a tongue-style hitch... i wouldn't recommend it, but it can be done...
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i once towed over 2 tonnes, at the weigh bridge it was over 3500 kgs, in our xd..... need i say more?
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MaD_WoG <---- with a nick like that, i can pretty much picture it
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It's all good guys just got home all safe and sound. The Xr8 performed beautifully.
Guessing A S13 silvia weighs between 1100kgs - 1300kgs
The trailer was 800kg's
So the 1600kg tow pack works really well. lol
Only had one drama

On the way home comming through the Ewingsdale Interchange (near Byron) we were heading up St Helena ( Read: big slippery hill) Its bucketing down rain, so we are reduced to 2nd gear at about 40kph and the gear box decided to drop back to first didn't it.
Lmao a little bit of a power slide up the hill. But with bit of steering correction it was all good.


Thanks guys for all your help and advice.
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