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Towing ATV's

Just purchased two utility ATV's which weigh about 650lbs each (dry), I was towing them around town on a 16ft trailer and my V6 3.0 did eh ok, but im a little concerned about taking it for a long trip on the highway or up hills... What do you guys think??
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Umm it isn't a big engine but you'll do fine towing em. 3.0 just unfortunately isn't that great of an engine.
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aint that the truth.

Im sure you know but maybe you dont. disengaging overdrive will help with the lack of umph...but then again...when do you need to drop a gear while towing a load? my 3 can tow 16ft flat skiff and trailer with two dirt bikes no problem at all but stopping is the real issue haha
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I dont think mine has overdrive, thought that was only for automatics mine is a manual shift. Well around town its not bad im mainly worried going up hill lol. What about doing some peformance upgrades to boost torque, any ideas?
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in a Manual, 5th gear is also referred to as "overdrive" some old style shifters show the "o" over the "D" symbol for 5th gear instead of a 5.
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Keep the rpms up, you'll be fine.
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Any ideas to boost torque tho, maybe like a performance intake or something??
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Why do you need a 16ft trailer to two 4wheelers? I am sure and 8ft would be plenty big enough.
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Its my dads trailer i gotta save up some cash to buy one, the ATV's left me broke lol
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Oh yeah the smaller trailer will cut weight and make it better and easier. As far as towing it though it should be no problem with the 3.0. I towed another ranger with my 2.5L lifted on 33's with 4.10's. If you want to know something that sucks try that!
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youll be fine i tow a 16ft enclosed with my 4.0 auto to the races. i race and the ranger is always up to the task haha. heres it with a quad i was delivering that i bought fixed and sold i drove a hour on the interstate and 45min in town towed like nothin was back there i love my 4.0 i couldove took the box van but i like my ranger better. even though the van has the 6.0 powerstroke
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haha yeah that is pretty close to your back window, nice atv man. I just bought two yamaha grizzly 550 there pretty sweet.
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haha yeah that is pretty close to your back window, nice atv man. I just bought two yamaha grizzly 550 there pretty sweet.
psh that nice??Chinese peace of **** lol i bought it for $500 cause 4wd didnt work and the tires were shot. and didnt run that good. came home poslished the plastic, new 4wd switch and carb tune and runds like a champ. we(the shop me and another guy) have a 700 grizz stage 2 hotcam hmf exhaust 2in highrider lift camo, runs like a bat out of hell. i love those grizzleys
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I think the 550 is a bit much for my girlfriend its pretty hilarious
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I have a 3.0 5-speed and have a custom built 13 1/2 foot trailer pulling my 100 pound inflatable boat with a 125 pound 15hp honda motor, it does it with ease.
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