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post #1 of 18 Old 10-03-2014, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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Trailer Towing with WRX?

Do you think my car can tow this snowmobile trailer?
Triton TC118 enclosed aluminum trailer with rear loading ramp.

I saw one guy who was towing his car but I am worried about the sail effect with the slab sides of this thing. Trailer is about 1000 # and the snowmobiles say about 1,200 lbs max.

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post #2 of 18 Old 10-06-2014, 06:56 AM
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i wouldnt do it. I think the max towing capacity for an outback is 2500lbs and a tribeca 2500lbs IF you have a transmission cooler. I know this is a diff vehicle but thats a LOT of weight to pull with a wrx

what year WRX i can look up the accessory catalog and fine the hitch and see what the weight is recommended from subaru
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It is a 2002 WRX. I have been towing for a while a 2 place snowmobile trailer, but not enclosed. I also tow a Waverunner. It tows EXTREMELY well. It is a manual, so no trans cooler... I just worry about the frontage area of an enclosed trailer.

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That looks like a 2 axel balanced on a single axel, personally I wouldn't be comfortable with towing a 2 axle on a WRX. especially one that weighs a thousand pounds without your toys. With a big trailor like that balancing on one axle you are putting alot fo downward stress on your tow package. Not that its a death sentence but its probablly more than your tow kit was designed tt handle. The only recommendation I can make is upgrade those brakes and make sure your rear suspension is up to the task, sagging 12 year old springs and old struts wont like being loaded down like that. Your essentially driving around with double the weight as OEM. I would just be careful and make sure your brakes are up to the task. As for the trans handling the extra weight its not the gears that take most of the stress. Once your in gear the WRX can handle that load no problem but the clutch definitely wasn't built for that.

In most cases its not the trans that causes problems but the nut behind the wheel that makes things go south in a hurry.
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Vehicle specs say: "Towing: Hitch available for WRX wagon. Not suggested for WRX sedan, STi. Weight: 2000 pounds Hitch: 200lb tongue weight"

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2004 Subaru Impreza WRX and STi spec page

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Subaru does not even list a trailer hitch to go with the wrx. If it was my car or customer i wouldnt tow anything with it.
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Subaru does not even list a trailer hitch to go with the wrx. If it was my car or customer i wouldnt tow anything with it.
I will say that I have trailered about 1500 lbs with the WRX a decent amount.
It tows that weight with no sweat.
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I have seen a few WRX sedans an wagon in the NH area towing pop up campers, boats an such. Exact weight I have no idea

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WRXs are either rated for 1,500 lbs (GD) or not rated (GH, GV, GR) at all depending on the year.
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When i went to the subaru accessory catalog, there was no list for a trailer hitch made by subaru. they listed for impreza and outback and legacy, but not wrx. I bet some of our cars could tow a lot of weight. weather or not it is good for the car is a different story. I would NOT tow ANYTHING with it, but to each their own.
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My 2003 brochure says "towing capacity 2000lbs"

Subaru Impreza Trailer Hitch - 2003 | etrailer.com

All right, where is the distributor cap? I need to find the #1 plug wire to hook up my SUN machine.
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My 2003 brochure says "towing capacity 2000lbs"

Subaru Impreza Trailer Hitch - 2003 | etrailer.com
That is NOT a factory subaru hitch. I will look again but im almost positive subaru doesn't make one for the wrx. There are hundreds of aftermarket parts for these cars, and hitches are one of them. Just cause some hitch company says its ok doesn't mean it is. It may never cause a problem but as a subaru service advisor i have to go with whats on subarunet.com.
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The Subaru part # is,L1010SS000, I looked this up a long time ago. the number might not still be good. But it DID exist. It's for the wagon only because Subaru didn't want to make two versions of it and the people who got the wagon were more likely to tow something. The exhaust on the sedan requires a little different bend to it. Aftermarket to the rescue!

From the 2002/2003 brochure;

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Note the separate column for the sedan. It IS ok.

From the 2003 Impreza WRX,outback sport accessories brochure;

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The OP has an 02 WRX. 200lb tongue weight,2000lb towing capacity. Stick to that and Yer good-ta-go!

All right, where is the distributor cap? I need to find the #1 plug wire to hook up my SUN machine.
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AAH! My site just says impreza wgn, nothing about wrx wgn! foiled again by subaru!
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I found it in the '04 WRX Service Manual in Option Parts. See below.

The Subaru part is a bit stronger with 3 bolts per frame rail that the aftermarket items that have 2 bolts.

I have a Curt hitch for a bicycle rack, but don't intend to tow anything with my thoroughbred performance machine!
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