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Old 09-27-2006, 09:41 PM
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Has anybody towed a car hauler with a lightning , I have to tow a 67 mustang fastback on a 18 ft car hauler about 450 miles, I know the truck will pull it am i going to have weight problems . The lightning is a 04 I,am pretty sure ford beefed the suspension up the last two years of production.
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Old 09-29-2006, 07:40 PM
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Old 09-29-2006, 08:05 PM
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I heard lightnings can pull some weight, Idk how much though someone hear prob knows. I find it so funny that the Ram SRT-10 cant pull for ****, and lightnings destroy them with little bolt-ons. Towing a 67 fastback with a 04 lightning Id kill to own either one, lol. What kinda motor is in that stang?

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I know several Lightning owners that use their rigs for towing, some use them to tow their race trucks. Like this one...

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You really shouldn't have a problem. Make sure you get a trailer brake controller that is compatible with your ABS system. I might even use a weight distrobution hitch to help keep the "the tail from waggin the dog".
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i recently towed with my L, and my only complaint was the short wheelbase of the lightning makes it a little bouncy, braking, and accelerating were no problem.
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thanks guys i pulled it home no problem. mustang had a 289 in it.
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The actual rating is 5,000 pounds towing........but I honestly think the limiting factor is the tires.

The Lightning has a 1,000 pound payload (again, I believe because of tires) so if you factor in the 500 pound tongue weight of a 5000 pound trailer that leaves you 500 pounds for passengers, fuel, cargo etc...waaay artificially low ratings.

The trans is the Super Duty 4100R and we all know it has enough power.

I mean if a regular 150 has a rating of 8,000#.....

Glad you had no problems.....didn't think you would.
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Thanks for info I kind of think the same thing about the tires. Truck pulled it very nice we just left it back on the trailer farther.
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I pull my 24'ATC enclosed hauler with my '99L. Biggest problem is it just SUCKS the fuel when towing.
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I know a guy that used to tow his Cobra and Buick to the dragstrip on a open trailer with his 03 Lightning.

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I wouldn't think it would be a problem. I have pulled a Bobcat with my '03 Lightning with no problem. You'll be fine.
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