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Post Date: Tue, 05 Jun 2001 Subject: The XR4Ti vs. The UHaul Tow Dolly - Carlisle 2001 List: email@example.com This isn't my write-up for the event. This is a note regarding the towing of an XR on a tow dolly. I wasn't able to get the fullsize trailer I had last year to bring my race XR to the event this year. I opted to bring the racer on a tow dolly rented from UHaul. First of all, my racer, with it's -40mm lowering springs and Rapido intercooler doesn't fit onto the tow dolly without some assistance. Too bad I didn't find this out *until I had put it on* the tow dolly. I snapped the lowest piece on the bumper just left of center. As I found out when putting the XR back on the dolly after the event, I also broke the bolts out of the left side mount of the Rapido IC as well, preventing me from getting on the tow dolly at all. The solution to that was putting a couple wooden boards on the ramps of the dolly to give it the extra height it needed. I was also asked about the driveshaft in the car, and whether I had removed it. I chose not to, figuring that it was like driving the car in neutral. Well, not exactly. When I test drove the car after it was finally removed from the dolly to make sure everything was a-okay, I discovered a humming noise coming from the tranny while coasting with the motor off, whether I was in gear or not. I had to do it with the motor off to hear it. After all, as those at the autocross know, I only have a 3" downpipe for my exhaust. FWIW, I have a T-5, and yes, I made sure it was in neutral. So that's my write-up. If you are towing the XR via tow dolly, disconnect your driveshaft and make sure all parts of the car are going to clear the dolly when you drive onto it. ---------- Additional Information: There was a debate started by the post as to which trannies could and couldn't be used for towing. See the Merkur Owners Group archives at http://www.merkurowners.org for the complete thread. I still believe that any XR (or Scorpio) should either be driven to where it needs to be, or hauled on a trailer. I'll never tow dolly again.Back to the Tech Articles main page
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