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Old 08-11-12, 17:39   #1
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im not really sure where i should be posting this but i was curious if anyone has towed their bike(s) to the track with a subie wrx wagon or something similar to it. i dont want to have to rely on my buddies to get to the track. im thinking about buying a trailer for a single bike and putting the rest of my stuff in the back of the wagon. i dont have much experience towing but ive done the math and i would be with in specs for the hitch. im am worried about how the car will handle and how well the car will stop though. any thoughts/experiences?
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Should be fine your gas mileage will suck compared to normal but as long as you have your loading right it will only take marginally longer to stop and your turning won't be as sharp because you have more load shifted to your rear tires.
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Weight wise there will be no issue. Your typical motorcycle trailer weighs around 200-250lbs plus your bike 400lbs so total about 650lbs. So a car with 4 small Americans. Stoping has more to do then just weight since the trailer will actually try to push the rear end of the car but your car weighs plenty to counter any real issues. It should really tow like a dream.
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You'll be fine.
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With knolly here, u will be fine.
Mine is 155 hp and 130lb-ft torque.

I have towed this way for several trips with most distances being about 1000 miles (1 way)
If u are towing I would reccomend you change your tranny fluid more often then reccomended.

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im not really sure where i should be posting this but i was curious if anyone has towed their bike(s) to the track with a subie wrx wagon or something similar to it.
I tow my bike to the track with a sacked-out, gutless 2L 02 Subaru Forester. You'll be fine.
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... im thinking about buying a trailer for a single bike and putting the rest of my stuff in the back of the wagon. i dont have much experience towing but ive done the math and i would be with in specs for the hitch...
Before you buy a single trailer, check around your area, you might be better off renting. It depends on how many trackdays you'll be doing. If you rent you can also get a bigger one if you want to go with a buddy.
If you've never driven with a trailer before, I'd also suggest going to an empty parking lot and doing a few simple maneuvers going backwards, just to get a feel for it.
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thanks for all the help guys! im def going to get this together for next season. i only have 1 or 2 more weekends ill be able to make it out to the track. riding on the street is soooo boring now :(. thanks again guys!
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Yeah, I have friends who regularly tow 2X bikes to the track behind their WRX.

Do yourself a favour, buy one of the Harbor Freight or similar folding trailers. Easier on you and lighter/easier on the car. Mine's been everywhere these past years towing a couple of bikes. It never lets me down, and it folds away to store in my garage, still leaving plenty of room for my cars.



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I tow with my WRX all the time. I use a Curt hitch and it was cake to install. Just take off a bit easier than usual and then make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to brake. You will be good to go hauling.
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