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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 6:31 pm 
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i was wondering if i can tow a boat and trailer weighing 600 pounds with my geo?, also wonder if it will pull it back up the boatramp? the boat only weighs about 300 pounds, maybe 450 loaded. i have a new clutch in it


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 12:57 pm 
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car seats four, 1000cc engine, struts, no frame, no bumper to mount hitch on. 4 people at 230 lbs. each=920lbs. you driving and the boat would be less. slick loading ramp and angle affect the traction ability of the tires. maybe if you could figure out how to tow it . but that is what pickups were made for and geo did make one. as with most things its all how you treat it and how much you expect. rolling the engine should be able to move anything if you allow it enough time and don't expect rabbit starts. but don't expect rabbit stops either the drums and pads on these are tiny, with the added weight you will taxing the brake system too not just the driveline.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 11:12 pm 
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but that is what pickups were made for and geo did make one.

Hello, Do you have a picture of a factory pickup, I would buy one if I could find it.....

Thanks ....................

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2008 10:39 am 
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the biggest problem with using a metro to tow is that the rear spindles don't handle too much weight before they start to bend.

a metro tow hitch doesn't even approximate a class one and anything more than 100 pounds of tongue weight is beyond the trunk floor's shear limit. 600 pounds pushing on the rear of a metro trying to stop would be a white knuckle event. =)

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 9:15 am 
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Even if you could do it, you'd have a HELL of a time trying to go up a slippery boat ramp. Heck, my right tire spins like a sum bitch going up my hill on a rainy day! =) :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 1:22 am 
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I'd like to be there and watch that.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 4:08 pm 
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Pick up a 4x4 Sami
Thats gonna be my next project

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2009 3:55 pm 
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I pull a little trailer with my 2000, but it is a 4 cyl, a 4.39 trans, and also has stiffer springs...

Last summer I pulled 8 sheets of plywood and the front clip (firewall forward) from a fox body Mustang from MN to Omaha without issue. Probably about 600 or 700 pounds...

With the 4 cyl it was no sweat. Got 34 mpg on the Interstate too...


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 12:34 am 
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I've pulled and launched a sea-doo before I'm sure that was pushing 550 or so

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 5:04 am 
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I pulled a fully loaded International 6500 series 5 ton with my first firefly. Of course it was on flat paved ground and I only pulled it about 40 feet, but I won the bet. No I didn't have to change the clutch right after that, I drove it another two years before I sold it.


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