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FJ Tongue weight

Discussion in 'FJ Cruiser' started by slepe67, Mar 2, 2007.

  1. slepe67

    slepe67

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    I heard the FJ MIGHT not have enough tongue weight to haul this. The total weight is around 300 pounds give or take. I know it will tow 5500 pounds, but, can it handle this? I would imagine so, but, figured I would check first. Thanks, and sorry for the dumb question. I hope I dont need airbags....

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  2. woody

    woody unhelpful spotter Staff Member Admin

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    You'd have to check the owners manual, but generally ANY rig rated to tow a certain weight will handle 10% of that weight on the tongue...ie: 5000# towing capacity = 500# tongue weight.
     
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    76FJ40 Old Fart SILVER Star

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    500# tongue weight
     
  4. Dmitry

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    what the hell is a tongue?
     
  5. Runner Ryan

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    Should be fine. I know mine is, but it only weighs about 175lbs. :D
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  6. Dmitry

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    ahhh that explains it :)
     
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    Tongue weight is the amount of weight the coupler of the trailer presses down on the hitch ball.
    In your case 5500lbs should have a working tongue weight of 550 lbs. In my opinion this is to much load for a short wheelbase rig.
    If you really need to tow this you should install a tranny temp gauge if you running an auto.
    And a weight distributing hitch will also make towing this much a far safer experience as you will be able to put more weight on the front axle.
     
  8. Runner Ryan

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    Pretty sure max capacity is 5000, not 5500. And max tonge is 500.
    I will be testing this out on the weekend. Will be towing a trailer (2000lbs) with a Suzuki LWB on it. Should be pushing the 5000 mark. But I have the OME heavies. Should be acceptable.