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Trailering bike with a WRX??

I'm probably going to replace my shitbox SUV in the next few months and really want a used Subaru Impreza WRX. The one concern I have is no matter what vehicle I have, its gotta pull my bike to the track without blowin a flux capacitor. The trailer, bike, and gear is about 1000 pounds. Isn't there a couple people here that do this with this car? I'd like to know I could do 75 mph or so without damaging the car, and that it could stop with that extra weight too. I'm thinkin its do-able but I wanted to get some opinions here before I'm set on the idea. Also, how friggin ugly would the hitch be on the car? Anyone got some pics of a hitch on their WRX?

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Do you know what the towing capacity of the car is? That's really all that matters.

From their site, it's 1000lb w/o trailer brakes and 2000lbs with. And my friend had a hitch on his...it's ugly, but really not that horrible. I'd probably rather have a truck for towing a bike though.

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which WRX? Wagon, Sedan or STi?
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sedan, not sti

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yeah I know a truck would be better, but I've wanted this car since it first came out and it makes more sense for everything else I need to do, except hauling the bike. If I keep my current pace, I'll tow the bike 5-10 times a year.

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http://www.draw-tite.com/fitguides/f...s/hitchsel.asp
http://www.subaruparts.com/catalog/?section=329
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...=trailer+hitch

People said it fits sedan as well. no after market exhaust for you.

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thanks sponge, anyone actually towed with it?

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I'm not sure about that, but I've towed a Uhaul metal trailer + bike (probably 800-900lb total + 100lb or so of gear in my car) with a Lexus SC300 before. It's an inline 6, 215hp and a 2 door coupe. It didn't blow anything or feel like it was being strained way too much and I towed like that about 5 times before switching cars with my mom for her SUV.

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that last link you put in there answered a lot of questions. Thanks again Sponge! guess I should search the internet more before asking others to help, lol

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theres more to towing then engine power.

You need to figure if the car's frame can handle the stress, the suspension, drivetrain, and brakes.

Isn't Suburus the cars where all the college kids drive with their hats backwards?
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I don't think there will be much of a problem as long as you go real easy on the starts and stops while towing the bike.

Kevin, If you're doing the same NESBA day as I am, I don't mind taking your bike and gear in my trailer. I've got a second spot and usually no one rides with me.

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I've seen a wagon WRX pulling two jet ski's and looked to be doing OK.

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thanks chills, my current set up works well except for the shitbox suv and I can put two bikes on my little fold-up, but this car is becoming a money pit. I'd take you up on that offer but in July I'm moving to Ohio. Odds are I can use my parents' new suv once I get there to pull the bike but I like to be capable of these things myself. Plus I'm havin trouble picturing my mom drivin a manual while I take her car, lol

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Freind of a friend pulls a 6x10 landscape trailer with 2 bikes, with one. Went to Oregon last year, I couldnt believe it.

My Mustang is only rated for 500 lbs towing capacity
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I have a 02' Subaru T.S. wagon, non-turbo, pulls my bike and trailer just fine. I don't really feel it at all, except for braking. not that its bad when braking, but that's the only time I actually FEEL anything different about the way the car drives. I'm sure with the stronger motor and brakes of the WRX you may find yourself forgeting your towing. My bike and trailer weigh in at about 800 lbs., not to mention all the stuff I bring with me weighs at least another 300 lbs. My advise would be to get a WRX wagon though, lots more room.

Trust me, no problems with that car.

Oh, I also towed a really heavy snowmobile and trailer, it had to of weighted at least 1500-1800 lbs. that was a little worse but still good for the occational (sp?) haul.

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Thanks Dr. D, good info. Although more space is good, I just can't bring myself to drive a wagon. I actually like the styling of the sedan, but the wagon does nothin for me anyway

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If you can, I have a 02 WRX wagon for sale for $17,000. It only has 20,000 miles.

The wagon is a sleeper dude.

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