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Old Jul-27-16, 04:59 PM   #21
 
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Bringing this back up...

the TB is all stock 63k miles and im going to be towing a 3k+lbs load (give or take) about an hour through country roads in this stupid a** Texas heat...

do I still leave it in third? I have a aeroforce gauge to watch trans temps and coolant temps...

Im a greenhorn when it comes to towing, so any info/suggestions would be appricated
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Bringing this back up...

the TB is all stock 63k miles and im going to be towing a 3k+lbs load (give or take) about an hour through country roads in this stupid a** Texas heat...

do I still leave it in third? I have a aeroforce gauge to watch trans temps and coolant temps...

Im a greenhorn when it comes to towing, so any info/suggestions would be appricated
i have been hauling the boat and quad around a lot this summer.

my boat is light maybe 2500 pounds with the trailer and its fine leaving it in 4th on the highway, i drop to 3rd if i see the hills coming.

temps have been marginal with the stock radiator and spal fans. i think i am going to do a larger radiator just for peace of mind.
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i have been hauling the boat and quad around a lot this summer.

my boat is light maybe 2500 pounds with the trailer and its fine leaving it in 4th on the highway, i drop to 3rd if i see the hills coming.

temps have been marginal with the stock radiator and spal fans. i think i am going to do a larger radiator just for peace of mind.
Sounds good

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bumping this back to the top. After picking up a side by side, all my tow vehicles struggle. this thing is like a giant sail behind the truck and provides some serious drag, it got even worse after i added the windshield to the SXS. couple that with all the gear we typically drag along it strains the cooling system. it wasnt uncommon to see 220* water temps even with cool ambient temps.

i picked up and FSR radiator, 160* thermostat and added the pusher fan to my PCM of nc trans cooler.

still need to install the radiator and the stat. but my cooling should be fine after all these goodies go in.

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bumping this back to the top. After picking up a side by side, all my tow vehicles struggle. this thing is like a giant sail behind the truck and provides some serious drag, it got even worse after i added the windshield to the SXS. couple that with all the gear we typically drag along it strains the cooling system. it wasnt uncommon to see 220* water temps even with cool ambient temps.

i picked up and FSR radiator, 160* thermostat and added the pusher fan to my PCM of nc trans cooler.

still need to install the radiator and the stat. but my cooling should be fine after all these goodies go in.

SxS are heavy! I bet a dual axle trailer setup level to spread the weight on the axles and relieve the weight on the tongue would help a little.
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the 160* stat isn't going to make much difference. The problem is in the computer's cooling parameters. You can't make the fans come on before ~190* (I don't remember exactly, but I have a 160 & it runs around 210 all the time.)
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I would like to jump in here and ask a question as well. I have a 4x8 enclosed trailer that I use for motorcycles and other stuff. I am supposed to go about 3 hrs one way in a couple of weeks to get a bunch of trophies for my daughters gymnastics team and I am wondering if I can use the TBSS to do it. I have an LS3 with 160 stat, e-fans, an RPM LVL6 trans with a Vigilante 3200 stall, a PCMofNC duct mount cooler as well as the PCMof NC TCM mod and full tune. Opinions?
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I have been towing my 4500 lb trailer every weekend in for the last 5 years and no problems. I run a trans cooler and efans. Even in this Texas summer heat zero problems.
Trans is moderately built and has 3200 stall from Phoenix Transmission.
For what you are wanting to do, you shouldn't have any problems at all.
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I have been towing my 4500 lb trailer every weekend in for the last 5 years and no problems. I run a trans cooler and efans. Even in this Texas summer heat zero problems.
Trans is moderately built and has 3200 stall from Phoenix Transmission.
For what you are wanting to do, you shouldn't have any problems at all.
Thanks for the info.
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SxS are heavy! I bet a dual axle trailer setup level to spread the weight on the axles and relieve the weight on the tongue would help a little.
no doubt. I have been looking at upgrading trailer. just $$$ i dont really want to spend. lmfao. Trailer is roughly 1k pounds, and the SxS is 1500-1600 pounds. so thats 2500 plus all the shit we haul along with us. fuel cans, coolers, food. plus being that its a 4 seater sxs the tbss usually has 4 people in it. so we can go to 3500 pounds or more real quick.

with that being said. the TBSS does not strain to tow it at all. Now the LM7 5.3 swapped zr2 s10 does strain with the weight behind it.

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the 160* stat isn't going to make much difference. The problem is in the computer's cooling parameters. You can't make the fans come on before ~190* (I don't remember exactly, but I have a 160 & it runs around 210 all the time.)
thats only true when not moving and relying on the electric fans to remove heat from the coolant. But at freeway speed, you should be able to get close to thermostat temperature with a huge radiator like the FSR unit.

plus with a custom OS tune, you can lower the cooling fan on/off temps.

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I've noticed about a 10 degree drop in coolant temps just by turning the heater on FYI.
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What's a heater??? We have never heard of that in FL. LOL
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You know.. When it gets below 70 degrees and you turn the knob from blue to red lol
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You know.. When it gets below 70 degrees and you turn the knob from blue to red lol
I tried it once but only got half way and hurried back to the cold. I'll never try that again
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