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This weekend got me thinking a lot about towing my Miata instead of having to bear with the heat.  What model towing hook-up (not sure of the terminology, base plate?) do you guys use?  I'll be towing with a slammin Ford Windstar which supposedly can handle 3500lbs.

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http://www.rennenmet...rod=1475&cat=14

Somewhat popular with budget spec dudes that don't have trailers. AC and Hasta both use it, as do I on mine. It's solid.


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I was thinking the same thing.  The drive to MSRC from houston was killer.

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Also, how hard is removing the tow bar?  is it a quick process, or do you have to bust out the ratchet?

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Thanks for the info Joop.  Just placed an order.

Shuko, I think these guys run with it on.  Per instructions, it looks like it bolts on to the baby teeth mounting points.

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Correct, we run with it on.  It helps with front bite  ;D

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Correct, we run with it on.  It helps with front bite  ;D


I was wondering about that... it looks like a heavy chunk of metal, but I figured it might be beneficial to traction. :)

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Correct, we run with it on.  It helps with front bite  ;D


I was wondering about that... it looks like a heavy chunk of metal, but I figured it might be beneficial to traction. :)


Not too heavy, but yeah. Now if you were running in like SM Nationals I'd say take it off, but other than that, it's negligible weight gain vs. benefit it provides. Taking it off would be a bit of a pan in the ass.

Paul - you might get lucky, they shipped a free red tow eye with mine - maybe you'll get one too :D

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Make it switchable, in case you need to tow the Ford back ;D

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I'm surprised that no on brought this up, but aparently since the Miata 5-speed has the main on top of the pinion shaft, some gears don't get adequate lubrication on the tow and it can burn up bearings on the tow.  I'm not sure why, but FM says this in not a problem on the 6-speed, only the 5-speed. 

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I'm surprised that no on brought this up, but aparently since the Miata 5-speed has the main on top of the pinion shaft, some gears don't get adequate lubrication on the tow and it can burn up bearings on the tow.  I'm not sure why, but FM says this in not a problem on the 6-speed, only the 5-speed. 


Over two years towing this way with no problems, but thanks for the heads up - definitely going to check this out.

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I'm surprised that no on brought this up, but aparently since the Miata 5-speed has the main on top of the pinion shaft, some gears don't get adequate lubrication on the tow and it can burn up bearings on the tow.  I'm not sure why, but FM says this in not a problem on the 6-speed, only the 5-speed. 


Over two years towing this way with no problems, but thanks for the heads up - definitely going to check this out.

I'm happy to hear that.  I've been tempted to tow my turbo Miata with my daily miata. 

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I'm surprised that no on brought this up, but aparently since the Miata 5-speed has the main on top of the pinion shaft, some gears don't get adequate lubrication on the tow and it can burn up bearings on the tow.  I'm not sure why, but FM says this in not a problem on the 6-speed, only the 5-speed. 


Over two years towing this way with no problems, but thanks for the heads up - definitely going to check this out.

I'm happy to hear that.  I've been tempted to tow my turbo Miata with my daily miata. 


shit, then you'd have me beat. currently towing with a 2006 CRV that makes a whopping 160 hp /162 lb·ft. the manual listed its towing capacity at around 200lbs  ;)

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Has anybody ever had trouble with the law towing a car that isn't street legal? I was under the impression a car had to be street legal to tow 4 down.



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Has anybody ever had trouble with the law towing a car that isn't street legal? I was under the impression a car had to be street legal to tow 4 down.


Never had problem. Drive like I stole it B)
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It's perfectly legal to flat tow a non-registered and or non-street legal vehicle in the state of Texas. There are only a few governing laws on towing in the different states. Anything over 4500lbs requires the towed vehicle to have it's own braking source. Heck, its legal to pull a 24ft travel trailer and have a 20ft boat attached to it. You only need working turn signal liights.

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