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Old 09-21-2006, 04:42 PM   #1
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Hey All! Looks like I'll be getting a boat pretty soon But that does bring up the whole problem of how to haul it! So for you guys that are "multi-tasking" with your cars:

- What are you towing and how much does it weigh?
- Does the car pull it well?
- What is your car and what is it's towing capacity (listed)?

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Old 09-21-2006, 05:46 PM   #2
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Old 09-21-2006, 06:43 PM   #3
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You can maybe tow a rubber dinghy. A boat? With an Impreza?
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Old 09-21-2006, 06:51 PM   #4
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I just installed a class A hitch to haul bikes and some other crap around on my STi. The hitch is rated to tow 2000lbs, and has a tongue weight of 200lbs. It comes with a 1.25" reciever hitch which is more than enough for an aluminum boat, dinghy, ATV's, bikes, etc.

As for Subie towing ability, the WRX has more available traction, power and torque than many "trucks" on the road now. Even the 2.5RS has the braking ability to tow that weight, although over 1000lbs and I'd begin to question your ability to accelerate in traffic. Really though, you won't have any issues so long as you stay within the boundaries of class A.
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Old 09-21-2006, 07:14 PM   #5
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Nope. I don't tow anything. Sorry.



Except for BBQ equipment up the Sea to Sky.

And a small travel trailer. Pics to come of that one.

I've got the factory hitch which Penphoe was kind enough to give me a hand with. Draw Tite IIRC. Not the one with the great muffler clearance though, I really wanted that one, but it's not available anymore unless you go custom.

02 WRX Wagoon. Class 1 hitch. I've towed up to 1,000 lbs easily with the Rex. Just be smart and allow lots of braking distance. You definitely feel the weight when you're braking. No probs yet, but my experience is limited.
In the manual it says you can tow up to 1,000 lbs without trailer brakes and up to 2,000 lbs with. It also says warranty does not cover any damage caused by towing, so keep that in the back of your mind.

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Old 09-21-2006, 07:16 PM   #6
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i say you need matching rims for that trailer Rick
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Old 09-21-2006, 07:18 PM   #7
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that's awesome tricky.
And here I thought I got wierd looks with a hitch on an impreza.

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Old 09-21-2006, 07:19 PM   #8
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that's awesome tricky.
And here I thought I got wierd looks with a hitch on an impreza.

That's because you have an STi hypa An STi with a trailer would get some weird looks for sure!
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Old 09-21-2006, 08:35 PM   #9
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You guys should ask a forum member here. He goes by "withoutme". He recently went to work at a place near Calgary in his STI after doing PDX tune. He tow'ed those UHAUL trailer things all the way there and before he left, i drove with him together, and I can see it still pull away. Pretty impressive. But it's probably because of the POWERED BY HONDA badge he got on his trunk. HAHAHAHAHAHA
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Old 09-21-2006, 08:59 PM   #10
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It was okay towing on S2S actually. I took it easy going up to get a feel for it. In the end you don't really notice the trailer... But I did try to keep off boost for as much as possible and use lower gears. Sucks gas a bit, but hey, we only have one vehicle in the family.

I gotta snap pics of the 12' travel trailer... It's a '71 and 86" tall. Feels like I'm towing a parachute!

And I only have partial ownership of the utility trailer... I borrow it from a friend.
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Old 09-22-2006, 02:59 AM   #11
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Man Tricky, you take your bbq'n seriously!! nice work on that. my lil' trailer is like yours. I almost bought a bowler trailer last year (i wanted to paint it up WRB blue ).
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Old 09-22-2006, 03:13 AM   #12
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I think you can tow 2000 LBS. Easily. I know someone who tows ~4000 Lbs with a legacy for many thousands of km.
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Old 09-22-2006, 01:55 PM   #13
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something to consider, even though the cars may have more power than some trucks, their ability to tow has a lot to do with the wheel base width also. That's why some 6-cylinder beater trucks with less power have a higher towing capacity than our cars.

Do they actually sell towing hitches for our cars?

I'm curious to find out, 'cause I've been looking at Jetskis for a while and the only thing keeping me from getting one is that I don't have another car to tow it with.
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Old 09-22-2006, 02:00 PM   #14
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Do they actually sell towing hitches for our cars?
check this out.
http://www.autoanything.com/towing/61A3372A0A0.aspx

I've personally confirmed that the same damn hitch that mounts to an 02' WRX wagon will work on an 04' STi and 06' STI.

How can you live in Miami and NOT have a jetski!?!

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Old 09-22-2006, 02:19 PM   #15
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I towed one of these from FL to WI. No problems pulling or stopping it, even in the crazy steep mountain passes.

U-Haul Moving Equipment
5' x 8' Trailer

Capacity
Volume: up to 208 cu. ft.
Max load: 1,800 lbs.
Gross vehicle weight: 2,700 lbs. max
Empty weight: 900 lbs.
Dimensions
Inside dimensions: 8' x 4'8" x 5'4" (LxWxH)
Door opening: 4'0" x 4'10" (WxH)


Had it up to 110 at one point. Ended up with an over all MPG of around 11-12.

Only problem I did experience was once I got up north where the roads are badly warped. Chicago was a nightmare and I almost had to turn back.

I think it was mainly due to over damped suspension on the STI and the trailer having basically no suspension and the roads being so warped.

It caused the trailer to start bucking front to back and trying to basically rip off the back half of the car.

So basically anywhere with reasonably flat/smooth roads I think you would be fine (with an STI at least).

I have a Reese hitch btw- PN 77091.

Note: I have a custom exhaust so I can't guarantee if that hitch would work for the stock exhaust.
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Old 09-22-2006, 02:29 PM   #16
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Note: I have a custom exhaust so I can't guarantee if that hitch would work for the stock exhaust.
It actually works better with the stock exhaust.
My aftermarket pipe was about a half inch longer than stock, and interfered with the hitch bracket.

cut/weld ftw!
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Old 09-22-2006, 02:33 PM   #17
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It actually works better with the stock exhaust.
My aftermarket pipe was about a half inch longer than stock, and interfered with the hitch bracket.

cut/weld ftw!
yeah.. i was having a custom exhaust made by the same shop that installed the hitch. they designed the exhaust with the hitch in mind so it fits like stock.
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Old 09-22-2006, 04:39 PM   #18
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check this out.
http://www.autoanything.com/towing/61A3372A0A0.aspx

I've personally confirmed that the same damn hitch that mounts to an 02' WRX wagon will work on an 04' STi and 06' STI.

How can you live in Miami and NOT have a jetski!?!

I know... THE SHAME!! JAJAJA

I've been wanting a boat for a while, and I actually been contemplating selling the wrx to get something for towing, but the mpg on trucks are killer.

BTW, I just looked it up and the towing limits for the car is 2000lbs. You have to take into consideration the weight of the trailer and gear in the boat too, therefore most 18+ footers would be out of the question.
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Old 09-22-2006, 04:47 PM   #19
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so where does the 'towing limit' come from? is it a power and braking ability thing? Or does it have to do with the actual structure of the vehicle being able to withstand pulling a heavy load?

Because I've seen a Dodge Viper driving around in the states with a big ass boat on tow... which means stage 2 and bigger brakes = higher towing limit?

Apparently the Dodge Ram SRT-10 is rated to tow up to 7500lbs
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Old 09-22-2006, 05:03 PM   #20
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so where does the 'towing limit' come from? is it a power and braking ability thing? Or does it have to do with the actual structure of the vehicle being able to withstand pulling a heavy load?

Because I've seen a Dodge Viper driving around in the states with a big ass boat on tow... which means stage 2 and bigger brakes = higher towing limit?
It's a combination of things. However the things that seem to be mentioned most when I've asked are power, weight of the vehicle, transmission and gearing, and wheelbase width.
The jeep wrangler for example also has a 2K max limit on towing, though it has decent torque (6-cyl), but because the wheelbase is narrower than say a big ol' Dodge Ram. The wheelbase width allows for more control, if lets say you're towing a big ol' boat with a small car up or down a steep hill or around a corner, it may take over and you won't be able to handle the car.
It also puts a lot of load on your tranny, engine, and brakEs. And to tell you the truth from the stories we've hear about the subaru transmissions, I dunno that I'd want to put a lot of strain on the car.

I dunno about the Viper, I mean you can hitch almost anything to any car, whether is good for the car or not that's a whole different story.

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