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03-14-2002, 12:00 PM
Good day fellow members. I have a problem and hopefully someone can help. This will be my first year in the ranks of Solo racing. I have already purchased a Mazda RX 7 strictly for racing. I plan to trailer the car to all events. The gross weight of the car is 2440 pounds. I am trying to find out what the tow capacity of my 1991 Lumina Z34 is. It has an automatic and a 60 degree GM stock V6. The Mazda will not be road certified so I must trailer the car. Anyone that has an answer, I sure would appreiciate it.
03-14-2002, 12:06 PM
You must add the weight of the trailer as well. I'm not sure what they trailer weighs, 1500 lb? I don't think you can trailer more than 1500 lb total with your car. It doesn't have the power, your rear end will bottom out, you will burn the transmission.
my trooper that is rated for 5000lbs can barely pull my car and trailer..my car weighs 2700 and the trailer around 1400
03-14-2002, 01:08 PM
Thanks guys, you have confirmed what I thought was the answer. I am also thinking about a tag-a-long which would just put the front wheels off the ground. Yes / No ??:confused:
03-14-2002, 04:44 PM
Like the others have said, more likely than not, if you're even hauling just the weight of the car that auto is going to be a molten heap if you ever have to tackle a modest-grade hill or an onramp. You MIGHT get away with it for a while, but probably not. Plus, you'll almost certainly cook the brakes trying to slow twice the Lumina's weight.
I've been doing quite a bit of research into a tow vehicle for the Stang this year, and even with a flatbed trailer I'll be pushing close to, if not more, than 5000lbs. That requires a dedicated truck. There really isn't any other way around it.
Plus, as Adam said, even some trucks are burdened by that load. From my research I've decided to invest in a 99+ GM half ton with a 5.3. Of course, there are plenty of slightly older trucks that will do a great job as well for a lot less if you don't really want a truck for everyday use (mine will become my daily driver).
Hope some of this helps!
03-15-2002, 11:56 AM
My 4.8L Sierra barely pulls my car and trailer. I have to go to 4th gear and stand on the throttle for any major hill. The car + trailer weigh in at 4800 pounds, just under the limit for the truck.
Your Lumina doesn't stand a chance even tho the RX7 is 1,000 pounds lighter than my car.
yep..driving to shannonville is hell..every hill my poor truck strains...it has a 3.5l v6 with 210bhp and 215ftlbs torque..and is reated for 5000lbs... god forbid if i actually tried to haul that....its leased so i really don't care :) i don't think a car would do very well..plus the tongue load would be hell...
next truck is a nissan pathfinder...no more izuzu
03-15-2002, 12:32 PM
I'm probably trading mine in for a Lightning. I figure that'll tow it pretty well once I jigger with the supercharger pullies a bit.
my mechanic has a svt lightning..its pretty quick..i went against him in my car while back i was suprized how fast it was...
03-15-2002, 04:16 PM
THANKS FOR THE INPUT GUYS. I SPOKE TO ONE OF THE MECHANICS HERE AT WORK AND HE SAYS BEEF UP THE RAD WITH COOLANT, MAKE SURE THE TRANNY COOLER IS WORKING AND STOP FOR A REST EVERY HOUR. I THINK I'LL TRY IT ONCE AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS. I WORK AT A DODGE DEALER AND CAN HAVE JUST ABOUT ANY DEMO ON THE LOT. LOOKS LIKE A BIG 1500 FOR RICKY THIS SUMMER.:D
03-15-2002, 11:07 PM
Could be an expensive one-time test Rick...
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