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Old 10-27-2009, 12:49 PM
hmcqueary hmcqueary is offline
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Default 3.0L Flex Fuel 6 cyl - tow capacity

I am not sure I am reading my manual right and need some help. I am thinking to add a tow bar @3500 lb tow capacity. It apprears my 2000Ranger Super Cab 4x2 3.0L Flex Fuel 6 cyl has a max tow cap of 2460 which means I should just stick with the bumber tow capability which has a max of 2000 lbs (right?). Am I reading this right?

Also, what does the read axle ratio mean and how do I interpret it.

I want to haul top soil and bark for my yard but not sure how to calculate 1) what I can put in my short bed and haul;, and 2) what I can put in my short bead + what I can tow on a trailer and 3) what I can haul in a trailer with nothing in the bed. The question is do I pay $199+ tax for a Tork Lift tow bar. I appreciate your help.

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Old 10-27-2009, 06:20 PM
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i would definetly get a 2 inch reciever for your truck, i think the max tongue weight (downward pressure on the rear bumper) is only about 300 pounds on you truck, i have the same thing cept mine's a 99, i don't know the exact numbers, but i can tell you i've had over 1000 pounds in the bed before and it had no problem with it, i have also towed my small trailer with it on the bumper, its about a 400 pound trailer and the snowmobile on it prob weighed 500 pounds for it was getting close to 1000 pounds and i didn't like the way it towed at all, braking and acceleration were fine but i felt like the suspension didn't like it at all, i also have a 1998 4x4 3.0 with a class III receiver on it, that truck towed a lot better than my 2wd

anyways, good luck with it, just be careful and don't push the limits of your truck
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Old 10-30-2009, 10:13 AM
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Default Good advice

Thanks, I'm going to get it installed next week. I appreciate the help.
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Old 10-30-2009, 11:13 AM
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what you need to look at is the sticker on the door jam it will give you a GVWR. This is the total of the vehicle, driver, and all the stuff you can load on it + tow! remember the people that set the tow limits its not what the truck can hold or even pull ! its all about what the truck can stop and not over load the breaks. hope you keep this in mind and stay safe. good luck
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