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88 2.3 5 speed Towing

88ranger89camaro

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i know the book says only 2,000lbs, but i pull a 18' 2,800 lb bowrider with mine and well it does strugle, dont seem to want to do over 63MPH. My 14ft tandem axle trailer is about 1200lbs empty and it dont seem to want to cruise at anymore than 65ish

truck seem to have plenty of power alone, just starts to fizzle around 60 even by its self, i mean it will do 85ish alone just not fast to get up there, it seems to scream up to 65 for a 100hp 4cly

does this sound normal, i'm used to towing with big trucks and motorhomes, never a 4cyl

i got the 3.73 rear
 


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i've never owned a 2.3 but for a motor that small and a load that big it sounds normal to me
 

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Yeah, you'll feel it. I've found about 4,000lbs is about tops for a 4 banger. Did close to 5 grand a few times, flooring it in 4th, constant downshifting into 3rd and reving the hell out of it.

The 6,000lb 42' boom lift laden with lead acid batteries on the other hand, I never made it out of 3rd or past 40MPH.

Being a 4 banger and seeming to (for the most part) suit your needs. I'd only change things if you come across a nice 4.10 geared axle for a really good price. I wouldn't start hardcore searching for one.
 

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