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Old 05-20-2008, 09:52 AM   #21
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the short answer....

HELL no. what are you thinking? i mean... seriously.


talk to a buddy/co-worker/family member/neighor/etc with a truck and trade with them when you need to move/use the boat.
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Thanks to all the replies. With the clutch and handing issues I decided to hold off on this idea for a while.

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Old 05-20-2008, 03:35 PM   #23
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i think you should absolutely hold off your idea unless you can find a way to put a V6 engine in your civic (has been done before)

Like i said in my earlier post, i haul tons of stuff with my civic, and the most weight i ever did was 1500 pounds excluding myself, in a civic with the ex transmission (alot better than the vx taller gearing for towing) and it was struggling very badly just to accelerate. I was hauling, not towing. more than doubling my load of 1500 will not work.
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i think you should absolutely hold off your idea unless you can find a way to put a V6 engine in your civic (has been done before)
No. No amount of engine will make it a safe combination. More engine will merely make it easier to get to more dangerous speeds. I am consistently amazed by the quantity of people who think that the most important part of towing is power or drivetrain; those are the least important parts.
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A late friend had a trailer hitch on his 1967 24 HP Citroen Ami 6 (2CV wit a much better looking body and more weight). Draw your own conclusions.

Not all the world needs an F350 to tow, or to tow at 80 mph in the passing lane.

Case in point. I think the UK (diesel) version of the Kia Spectra 5 was rated tow car of the year by the UK caravan association?

The more important part is brakes. That would equate to stopping a second Civic, so make sure you have brakes on the trailer or a lesser weight.
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What were the weight ratios, speeds, road conditions, and driver training involved in your examples?
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I am consistently amazed by the quantity of people who think that the most important part of towing is power or drivetrain; those are the least important parts.
No kidding. The brakes, suspension, and overall stability are much more important. The major spec on the drivetrain should be surviving the stress, which points to less power not more. Old semis only had about 200 hp for 80k lbs! New ones are 450+, but that power/weight ratio is still easy to beat.
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yea sure u can get it moving (could get a freight car moving) but are ya gonna stop it? heck no... trailer brakes or not, if they fail your a runaway car...

not to mention trying to get up said boat ramp launches are usually a pretty hefty slope and are sometimes wet if their used often. wet+ fwd+ no weight over tires = spin fest
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2090 lb car

3500 lb trailer

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fail.
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