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Old 03-25-2014, 09:38 AM   #31
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+1 on scoutboy's suggestions. I have had some hair raising experiences with faded brakes while towing.

I think the biggest thing ever towed behind the Scout was a 35' travel trailer. Yes no kidding. The neighbor's tenant was given the trailer and the donor towed it as far as the driveway and chickened out. (probably a smart guy) so I volunteered to tow up the side of the mountain on a 1.5 mile dirt road. There was a couple of steep switchbacks at the start of the driveway and of course as soon as I started up the road a neighbor with a low level of patience pulls up behind me, so I pull over to let him by. Of course in doing so the wheels of the trailer dropped into the ditch on the side of the road. Pulling that thing out was interesting. The Scout spun all 4 wheels in 4l while it tried to pull to the middle of the road and finally started to gain some forward momentum.

After that the rest of the trip was rather uneventful except for the in slopped hair pin turn with the tree on the inside of the curve. To navigate that one we needed to put rocks in the road to tip the tip the trailer up enough to clear the tree.
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Old 03-25-2014, 03:57 PM   #32
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First thing, since you're going to be 1000 lbs over what's legal upgrade your ins. Policy to $1,000,000 at least. No joke.

Post up pictures of the suspension, front and rear.
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:13 PM   #33
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:16 PM   #34
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:27 PM   #35
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Also my current trailer has surge brakes on it now, Scout has a brake master cylinder and any recommendations on the slip-in style receiver hitch and hyro boost kits??

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Old 03-25-2014, 09:47 PM   #36
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You need to take to a good shop like IHPA for inspection and upgrades, and let them know what you plan to tow with it.
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:52 PM   #37
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IHPA?? There an International dealer less then 5 mins away from me but it seem its all diesel trucks and towing truck havent seen and scouts there
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Old 03-26-2014, 07:20 PM   #38
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IHPA is an authorized ihc light line vendor who happens to own, maintain and provide this forum, which is used as a vehicle for driving business to their webstore. There are no more dealerships that cater to the light line vehicles such as the scouts and pickups since that division of what was formerly ihc went tits up in 1980. IHPA is located in Grass Valley, CA.
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Old 03-26-2014, 09:42 PM   #39
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Damn ok will im in illinois!!
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Old 03-27-2014, 06:36 AM   #40
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Old 03-27-2014, 11:37 AM   #41
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Just took a look at your pictures and now see we're talking about a 4" lift on a spring over. I would not tow with that setup. When asking for advice we need to know all the changes from stock config that might affect the advice you receive.
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Old 03-27-2014, 02:00 PM   #42
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X2. It also looks like oversized aggressive offroad tires. Probably on 15" rims so lots of squishy side wall to further reduce handling.

Bottom line, don't tow anything with it, but do check the front pinion angle (driveshaft u-joint clearance) and drop those bumpstops down.
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Old 03-27-2014, 02:21 PM   #43
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Goody gravy!!! That's nearly 10 inches of total lift! You'll have a hard enough time keeping the shiny side up even without anything in tow. Time to accept reality and find yourself a decent, older 3/4 ton pickup or suburban type vehicle that's already setup for towing loads much heavier than your boat from the factory. Resign your Scout to trail pig/mall cruiser duty and enjoy it for what it is...a fun in the sun, non-towing vehicle. This isn't a time to try and prove the naysayers wrong.
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Old 03-30-2014, 12:12 AM   #44
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So we all agree on Holley 2300 2bbl carb 350 cfm being the best for this Scout???
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