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    How much do all of you think my 88 T Bird V6 could tow? I asked several FoMoCo dealers to no avail. I want to tow a 1200# trailer.

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    Hehehe, tow with a v6. The only way to find out is to try. But I personaly don't think it will work well. You might be fine on flat ground, but up a hill, well that is a different story. My v6 cougar can barely tow itself up a hill

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    According to the owner's manual, 2000 pounds is the maximum. Anything over 1000 pounds you need a tranny cooler. I towed my four-wheeler and trailer all last summer and had no problems (granted, my car is 5.0), but I do wish the thing had better brakes. I'll be doing the 11" front brake conversion for just that reason
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    Towing in OD is not recommended.

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    The question isn't how much you can tow, it's how much you can stop. I would be concerned with the braking ability of a stock setup with a heavy load. I have seen a 87 5.0 cougar tow a good size camper before, up and down hills without much trouble. Its ass was sagging but it seemed to pull it just fine, but the 5.0 has more torque. I would say if your on flat ground most of the time go for it, but if there are many hills involved I personally wouldn't do it.

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    Can you say head gaskets!!!!!!!!!

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    I would not tow a 1200 pound trailer in a Bird or Cat. Too much to consider - your brakes, tires, the engine and trans, etc.

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    Put in a tranny cooler if you tow anything (or even if you don't tow at all). Even 2000lbs would be fine if you drive sensable. You may be under the vehicals tow limits, but over the limits for your ability. At work I often pull 10,000lbs over the limit of my F250, but logically I'm going a lot slower, and keeping much farther lead distances.

    Factory tow rating are very conservative in all vehicals, unfortunalty most drivers are not. If takes longer to stop, more room to manover, less speed, and you cannot make emergeny manovers (if you wanna keep the trailer behind you )

    If you tow a lot, especially in hills, a transmition temp gauge would be benificial too.


    edit: I'm not trying to insult anybodies driving abilities here, Ive just seem a lot of serious towing accidents, especially with weekend warriors pulling boats or campers.

    1200lbs will be fine behind a cougar, just take it easy.

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    1200lbs will be fine behind a cougar, just take it easy.
    And don't let Lucy hide any "souvenir" boulders in the trailer.

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    Whats great is the 99-04 (somewhere in there) mustang I saw with a trailer hitch a couple weeks ago. Looked so wrong

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