VR4s and towing?

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  1. gilly

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    Just curious, as most people buying Legnums are buying them for family reasons/extra storage space, was wondering if Legnums would be any good at towing?

    Im not talking towing a dual axle caravan or anything, just a light 6x4 trailer with a couple of light objects in it.

    If it places extra risk on the auto trans then I probably wouldnt bother - but id say getting a trans cooler would be the minimum requirement.
     
  2. takumi

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    If u don't lower it, it should be perfect. We used to tow a 18foot yacht with an 85 toyota seca 1.6l ... so with the torque the VR4 puts out it should be fine.We also pulled our 17foot bayliner with a auto rav4 before it went to the 2.4l model and that was fine ... That car really didn't have the torque to get up hills but it did the job.
     
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    ask 'William' an NZ member on Club VR-4, he has a huge boat (2.5 tons) that he towed with an Auto Prefacelift Legnum. He found that the box would overheat, so he got a transmission cooler installed. Now he has a Manual Facelift Legnum and definately prefers that for towing the boat.
     
  4. jmo

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    Hey Brad, are there any companies in NZ that make up a tow bar kit? or would you have to get it engineered over here?
     
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    'best bars' do a Legnum setup, not sure if they actually have it as a kit though...
     
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    I'm sure any towbar company or engineer firm could set one up, this will be one of the first things i'm going to look into when i get me car.
     
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    Yeah I'll be looking in Sydney for one. We take 3 road bikes to Eastern Creek pretty regularly.
     
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    We have a tow bar on ours, no problems towing the box trailer.

    Got mine made at a 'local' tow bar place in Brisbane. Rated at 1ton so no dramas with your required towing capacity
     
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    wat was the name of the place u got ya tow bar done at matie im in brissy area . and just brought a boat!
     
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    what would be needed for an auto facelift legnum to tow a car trailer plus a 1300kg car? would it be possible?
     
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    Stephen - a big trans cooler!
     
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    lol, is that all though? apart from the appropriately rated towbar.
     
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    Yea dude, the VR4 should be MORE than capable... Well, a MT would - your Auto won't be that happy about it, but as long as you keep it cooled down enough it should be fine :)
     
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    As our cars are grey imports and there is no towing spec on them, you can tow 1.5 x the weight of your car, so if our cars weigh 1000kg then you can tow 1500kg legally. But anything over 750kg must have breaks fitted to the trailer.
     
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    hmmm, so buying a car trailer with brakes will be expensive than i was originally looking at.
     
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    Unless youget a really old car trailer it will more than likley have brakes anyway. All cars can only tow up to 750kg without brakes, even a landcruiser or F250.
     
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    even if the trailer doesnt have brakes it is fairly easy to convert it over. All you will need is a set of brakes and matching hubs 3-4m of high pressure hydraulic hose 4 hose clamps and a hydraulic slash braking tow hitch and 4-5 hours of time.
     

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