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Old 09-03-2006, 05:35 PM
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Can I tow with a lightning that is lowered

Hi my truck is lowered a good amout, not sure how low could be 2-4 inchs in the rear. I need to tow a uhaul trailer and a 3500lb mustang.

1.should I just raise my truck back to stock height.
2. what kind of damage would happen if I do tow with it this low.
3. what other options do I have.

 
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Old 09-03-2006, 05:59 PM
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At the beginning of the year... when I still had my Ford we had a dyno day.
one of the old timers was towing his 72 pantera 450 rwhp with his lowered L not to sure how much it weighs though.
Cheers J.T.
 
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Well, it would be best to find out EXACTLY what lowering kit is on the truck, and research that. Aside from that, if you do NOT have a rear flip kit you can get "helper bags" by Firestone. They are basically airbags that install in the leafs to raise the truck up for towing purposes, but can be deflated for normal daily use.

As far as damage...you basically would just risk bottoming out either the suspension, or possibly hitting the tires on the fenderwell and causing little to major damage.
 
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Old 09-03-2006, 08:33 PM
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The lowering kit that is on the truck is a Ground Force kit.
 
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well

my old man used his 03 with 4 inch drop shackles to tow a 20 ft enclosed trailor and a 3400 lb car.

He used one of those weight distributing hitch systems and it worked quite well.

It was alot to be towing but it towed it like it wasn't even there. Just had to be carefull with staying out of boost. With a 4lb lower, wasn't bad at all.

We've since bought a 99 dodge 3500 dually with a cummings.......

Talk about not knowing something is there when towing...hahahahaha.
 
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Old 09-04-2006, 08:55 AM
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Well tallimeca, My motor is still competly stock. I never changed the pully. I think the truck is fast enough for me.
 
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I towed with my 99 as well as my 04 L
Thats one of the reasons I bought it. Your manual says you can up to 5k pounds.

The fact that yours is lower just means your ride won't be as smooth.

My 04 is stock and has a higher stock bed weight capability. I pull a enclosed car hauler and I have hit the bump stops plenty.

You just have to slow down and pay attention.
Disingage your overdrive whenever your towing. You really want to avoid that up and down shift on hills.

If your truck is stock you can boost. I do. The stock truck was set up for the limitations in the owners manual and some common sense.

I have to do all kinds of mickey mouse stuff to get my hitch height right so the truck and trailer are level.
Do yourself a favor and use a electric trailer brake. The truck is prewired and its plug and play with most popular brands. Techonsha is the one I use.
These trucks are great!!!
EZGZ
 
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Old 09-04-2006, 01:36 PM
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Ok I looked at the shackles that are on the tuck right now. They have 2 sets of holes where the leaf can bolt into. It is in the top set hole. I measured and it was 7 & 1/2 from top set center hole to center bottom hanger hole. Now the 2nd set of hole is an 1 inch shorter. Which is 6 &1/2 inchs.

So are these shackels a 2/3 drop.

I measured a a stock shackle and it was 4 & 1/2 from center hole to hole.

If it is the case of being a 2/3 drope shackle then I can just lower it to the 2nd set of hole to raise the truck an inch.
 
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Yes you can tow with your truck. I tow with mine and it's a 3/5 drop. I got slam-air helper bags by Airlift and it works fine. Here is the link for them.
http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku
 
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Originally Posted by MAT2CH
Yes you can tow with your truck. I tow with mine and it's a 3/5 drop. I got slam-air helper bags by Airlift and it works fine. Here is the link for them.
http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku

Which 3/5 kit did you use? Your truck looks great.
 
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I have 2"in shackles and a removed leaf, I hauled a mid size uhaul and the exhaust tips touched the ground effect leaving a mark.
Probably get some air bags to be safe.
 
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put on some air bags are your good to go!
Good luck
 
 


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