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Old 02-05-2009
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How much weight can my truck carry?

OK, i got a 91 with the 2.3l 4cyl. w/ 5 speed. a buddy wants me to pick up a motor for him sunday afternoon, keep it in my truck and drop it off around noon at the school shop. the motor im suposed to pick up is a toyota 2.0l 4 cyl. will my truck be able to do it? will it hurt my suspension or powertrain?

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Youll be fine.
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you'll be fine.. just secure it so it doesnt slide around. that motor will only weigh 200-300 lbs at most unless the trans is on it.. even at that the truck will be fine. just haul it over the axle or close to the cab.
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ok thanks, ive never hauled anything that big before with my truck, it's kinda different going from an F-350 to a ranger, ya know?
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i.ve loaded my truck with 4wheelers, a whole bed full of sand for the cowpen's.. all it does is sag the rear a little.
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I had 1800 lbs of gravel in my bed.

The guy at the dump, well, took a dump when he looked up from his scale display and saw I was a 1/4 truck on it with that much load.

I drove with my buddies engine with tranny attached and his whole turbo setup in my bed and didn't even notice it. Just a big mess to clean up when all the fluids spilled out. Ohh wait, your a 2.3 L.
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ya, thats the big thing, can my ity bity motor handle it?
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You will be fine.
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just tickling it

Your Ranger is rated at 1,000 lbs. payload, so a load that size will be a breeze. I once needed to haul about 1800 lbs. of ceramic tile and grout for a relative's remodel job about 40 miles away, and loaded all of it into my '00 supercab with a 4.0. The truck did sit on the rebound bumpers and really did not need power steering....lol
Mind you I do not normally abuse my vehicle like this, but it handled the load and got me to where I had to go.
I would of never attempted this with the original POS Firestone tires, they were replaced with Michelin's after owning the truck for 3 years or so.
Fords are tough trucks...........
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yea...it's at most 300 lbs...i mean cmon i have 300lbs of sand in the back of my truck right now lol.
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lol you will be fine. Funny post.

Dude its a truck. Load it up!
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I towed another ranger with my 4 banger on 33's. You will be more then fine.
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i have loaded my truck full of fire wood with a trailer full and towed it over 20 miles and that is around 4-5k so you will be fine with a couple hundred pound motor
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Every time the races come around my uncle hooks up my moms pop up with his 97 super cab 4 banger. Sags but handles it just fine. Remember, it's a FORD.
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Old 02-09-2009
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dont worry its not much of a load. i did had to add an extra leaf cause of my work.... but ive loaded 2200 pounds of fertilizer on my truck.... going up and down hills without prob. just had to take caution on bumps... didint want anything to get forced 2 much..

...but a motor will be like taking ur whole family with you in a trip :P
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youre good

funny story ... so back in the day we had to get my buddies motor to another guys house a couple of days to fix something on it ... well all i had was my dads 4 runner and an old chev utility trailer ... and we didnt have any straps .... so my buddy had to ride IN THE TRAILER HOLDING THE MOTOR AS WE DROVE DOWN THE ROAD .... lmao we still laugh about it cause we were breaking at least 4 laws right there.
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yeah you should be fine

lol i've even had a spare long block for my grand prix, in the trunk of the grand prix. i did fine haha
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I hauled about 40 cinder blocks and 15 8' 4x4's + 3 people (people in the cab) and she got a little squirly above 45mph but the 3.0 (not much more powerful than the 4cyl) did just fine (I have a 5speed).

Since those blocks weigh about 30lbs each, that's 1200lbs. The lumber was another 500lbs or so (still wet, pressure treated 4x4 posts). Add in 3 people, and that's another 600lbs or so. The GVW was near the factory maximum of 5800lbs for sure, if not exceeding it.

Your little yota motor will be no where near that sort of weight. I'm willing to bet you'll hardly be able to tell it is back there. Might lose a LITTLE bit of acceleration and get a bit more body roll in the corners if you take them fast (shouldn't be doing that anyway, haha)

Oh, I also hauled a 90cc kiddy 4 wheeler around in the back of my truck for 2 months. I lost about 1mpg because of it. It probably weighed about as much as the motor you want to haul.
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