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Old 04-14-2003, 02:07 PM   #1
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Default Who tows stuff behind their WRX??

I am wondering about the potential of towing a small (18-22FT) boat behind my wagon. Anyone have experience with this topic. Thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Old 04-14-2003, 02:52 PM   #2
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Check the owners manual to see how much weight the WRX can tow. I think its 1000 pounds for the RS, I don't know what the WRX is, I would guess it might be a little less. And man talk about some turbo lag... but if the boat isn't heavy it will probably work out ok.
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Old 04-14-2003, 02:55 PM   #3
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...Hey John, I was wondering the same question, but I wouldn't do anything much over 20ft, personally I think that might be pushing it, but I guess it really all depends on the weight?

Well if anyone else can answer def. do so....and free BUMP.

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Old 04-14-2003, 03:04 PM   #4
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The 02/03 impreza's can tow 2000 lbs. They didn't advertise a towing capacity for the WRX initially. But for '03 they state 2000 lbs, so assuming it's less than that weight you should be OK.

Look here for the info off of Subaru's webpage (scroll down to "dimensions", the last entry.
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Old 04-14-2003, 04:54 PM   #5
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Thanks for the help guys. I will go research the weight of these boats and go from there.

Thanks again.

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Old 04-14-2003, 05:51 PM   #6
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Im thinking 217 ft lbs of torque can tow a whole hell of a lot more than 2,000 lbs.
Get a good hitch welded to the frame, a load balancer, and you could probalby tow a lot.

(btw, dont forget to compute the weight of the trailer in. trailers can be heavy)
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Old 04-14-2003, 08:04 PM   #7
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[b]Im thinking 217 ft lbs of torque can tow a whole hell of a lot more than 2,000 lbs.
Well 217 ft lbs if you want to keep the car under full boost the whole trip. Just bring along a new turbo for the trip home
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Well 217 ft lbs if you want to keep the car under full boost the whole trip. Just bring along a new turbo for the trip home
nah, just a few gas cans!
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Old 04-15-2003, 10:24 AM   #9
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My concern is not with the power but with these four topics: brakes, transmission load, launching and pulling the boat out of the water, and rear suspension. I have no problem pampering the trans when towing, but we all know that it is a weak link and the added load could be difficult on it longevity. I do not want to compress the rear springs too much and end up with a issue there, especially given that I will have friends in the car and the dog. My greatest concern of all though lies in the issue of putting the boat in and pulling it out of the water. I do not want to have to submerge the back end to accomplish this task each time and pulling the boat out of the water (awd will hopefully help here) takes a lot of low-end grunt which I am of course missing.

by the way, anyone know where to get a good hitch put on?
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Old 04-15-2003, 12:11 PM   #10
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The concern is not with whether it can pull the load. It's with whether it can stop the load and whether it can resist swaying. Sure you can max it out with 2000 lbs. But are you going to be able to make a quick breaking/turning manuver if someone pulls out in front of you without jack-knifing?

Edit: oops. Guess I should have read your last post. :embarassed:
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Old 04-15-2003, 12:17 PM   #11
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The hitch is really easy to install. I did mine in about thirty minutes. I haven't done the wiring yet, but it doesn't look too hard. It helps having the factory wiring diagram so you know which wires to connect to.

I don't plan on pulling more than 400 lbs, including the weight of the trailer. I'm using it to pull a utility trailer for track days.
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Old 04-15-2003, 04:35 PM   #12
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The way I look at the whole stopping in time issue is simple, the trailer has surge brakes and I do not think that an old pickup or suv would do any better given the situation you are describing.

where did you buy your hitch? let me know how the wire installation goes. uhaul wants to charge about 350 for hitch, wiring, and install. thanks.

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