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Hey all,
I was asked by a friend if I could possibly tow his drift car for him to an event next month. It’s a 90 something R32 Skyline. Gutted. Probably weighs around 2500-2800 pounds. I own a ‘17 SV CC SB with the 4.0. Would the truck be okay with towing that plus whatever the trailer weight is? Guessing no more than 4500 pounds total. I tow my ATV on a trailer regularly (probably around 1200 pounds total) and it has no problem with that but a car weighs a good deal more. Also, I have rough country lift shackles on the rear, would it be okay to tow with those or would it be a good idea to swap in the stock shackles?

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I did read the manual. Just asking for the opinions of someone who has actually done it. Thanks.


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Look at your manual, there are separate towing break in procedures and miles.
Do you have a brake controller?

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You have a 17 that is kinda new is it broken in like Clint asked? but only real problem I foresee other than tearing up a brand new truck is your squatting and shining everyone if towing afterdark. The pickup is capable of doing it I think you should be fine as long as you don't overdrive the truck and go to fast with it as long as the trailer your going to use has brakes an they are hooked up an work preferably with brakes on both axles not 1. Mine had 15K when I started towing a aluminum car hauler that I put a mid size CUT w/loader on it had it weighed at quarry it came in at just over 5k+truck depending on attachments.

The frontier has no problem getting a load going one thing I did to help the rear was I had put in super springs in which really helped with the squat keeping it level an just general better handling overall. I see you mentioned shackles I presume you have a leveling lift up front? I only ask cause that wont help your cause either as it'll look like your a big V driving down the road with the trailer hooked up you've all seen them. That's unless you stick more of the car to rear like a$$ first to lighten your tongue but that will adversely effect your handling making trailer wander, hard to go straight and fishtail all over the place.
 

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Yes, it has a leveling kit on it, I think I’m going to do a trial run with it next weekend and see how it does before I go all out and order a trailer brake controller and such. The truck has 4K miles on it.


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idk what everyone else is trying to make this difficult for you. it will tow it just fine, and will brake fine. ive towed over 6k multiple times with zero brake mods.
you will be fine, just make sure you know how to properly tow and make sure you and all involved stay safe.
 

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I've towed a Lexus LS400 ~ 5,000 pounds from Shreveport to New Orleans with no issues. You should be fine with that lightweight car.
 

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Now by zero brake mods, do you mean just your truck brakes plus trailer brakes or just truck brakesv


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Drag my son's drift car around all the time. Toyota Cressida on a flatbed trailer. Just a brake controller and stock 6 cylinder Frontier. Pulls it with no problems.
 

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Yes, it has a leveling kit on it
A leveling kit would be counter productive to towing. By leveling kit I assume you mean you have a kit that raises the front of the truck so that it is level with the rear. The rear is higher than the front from the factory so that when you tow or haul, the squat from the tongue will make the truck level. Feel like you are going to be nose high when you hook up that trailer. Not only is the head lights shinning at on coming drivers an issue, but the "lightness" of the front wheels will cause it to handle funny.

Many of us have airbags in the rear to deal with hauling and towing loads. This keeps the truck level when loaded.
 

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A leveling kit would be counter productive to towing. By leveling kit I assume you mean you have a kit that raises the front of the truck so that it is level with the rear. The rear is higher than the front from the factory so that when you tow or haul, the squat from the tongue will make the truck level. Feel like you are going to be nose high when you hook up that trailer. Not only is the head lights shinning at on coming drivers an issue, but the "lightness" of the front wheels will cause it to handle funny.



Many of us have airbags in the rear to deal with hauling and towing loads. This keeps the truck level when loaded.


I have the 2.5 inch spacers in the front and 1.5 inch shackles in the rear so the truck now sits level


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They have guys with Ridgelines towing their race cars around all the time. I would just get a brake controller.

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I never got a definite answer so I’ll ask again, will the shackles that raise the rear of the truck reduce my towing capacity? I haven’t hauled anything yet but I’m buying a car trailer in the next few weeks and just want to make sure. I have no problem going back to stock if needed. Would like some opinions from people who have lifting shackles (or whatever they’re called) if possible. Thanks!


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It will tow it just fine, you can play with where the car is on the trailer to get the tongue weight right with the right amount on your truck to keep it from swaying. If the trailer has electric brakes get a brake controller, if not there is no reason to. (Uhaul trailers don't)

Properly loaded and within the rating=good to go.

Shackles shoudn't have any effect on your capacity,.
 
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