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BOE TOWING BARS

OK, this is it... I have updated the webstore for our tow bars... They are super slick and strong tow bars for towing your your small trailer on long trips or just to the track.

We typically tow a 4'x4' trailer (Purchased from harbor freight) to track events. The trailer can be purchased for about 150 bucks and it ideal for carrying a 10x10 shelter, chairs, and cooler...

All the bars are powder coated for a long lasting finish. The black will go perfect with anything. This silver very closely resembles a JetHot coating.

Orders car be placed here BOEFabrication.com | Beyond Original Equipment. You can specify color, when ordering. These take a fair amount of time to make, so we only made a very limited supply. I'm not sure when we'll be making another batch so come get them while they're hot:D

Let me know if you have any questions or comments...

Have a great one,

Phil





 

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Any idea if this will work okay with the larger 8 foot harbor freight trailer? (Probably 400-500 pounds loaded)
I hate to say anything for certain without trying it first myself, which I haven't in this case... That said, I would say that I don't see why not. It's attached with Grade 8 equivalent M10 bolts in the rear and similar M8s up front... I'd presume the hitch would be fine with that size trailer as long as you drive reasonably... If you do that, you can probably get away with quite a lot...

I'm sure you know the deal though, "enter at your own risk"...

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Having ordered one, I intend to be exceedingly cautious with what I tow... Besides the question of the bolts breaking, there is the issue of wearing out or bending the attach points on the vehicle to worry about. Remember just cause it doesn't fall off the first time doesn't mean some part of it isn't going to wear out after 5, 10 or 20 times and, there's the question of wear and tear on clutch, transmission, etc. 400-500 lbs is 25% the weight of the vehicle... (before passengers). That would make me nervous, but I'm not an expert...
 

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Well, I just ordered one. I have access to both the small and the large harbor freight trailer (my dad had them all made up before he finally bought a giant enclosed trailer to tow to events). I'll install it and see what I think, and maybe I'll just limit myself to towing the small trailer with just a set of drys to known dry events and tow on the car trailer to possible wet events or further away events. I need to get a better tow strap solution for the elise. These wheel straps that I have to re-rig up the ratchets to every time are crappy - takes me 20 minutes to take the car on or off the trailer.
 

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and, there's the question of wear and tear on clutch, transmission, etc. 400-500 lbs is 25% the weight of the vehicle... (before passengers).
I'd worry less about the drivetrain if driven cautiously. Keep in mind that the Celica curb weight was 2425; add two adults, two big kids and a full tank of fuel and you're above 3100. That's normal duty for the 2ZZ.
 

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Would it be possible to see the install instructions, so i can see what needs to be drilled.
 

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A 4 x 4 trailer can carry a lot of stuff. I think the Harbor Freight is a more like 5 x 4. You can cut a wooden deck oversize if you really need that much space.

Just keep the tongue weight reasonable.
 

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+1 for me in the Silver, will match my header nicely. Thanks again, Phil
 

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Would it be possible to see the install instructions, so i can see what needs to be drilled.
I don't have them on the office computer here, but I'll try to explain...

There is one 1/2" hole to be drilled right next to either diffuser mounting bolt hole. If you look at the picture of the underside of the car posted above, you can see that the tow bar mounts are right next to those two m8 bolts that support the diffuser... I call that the rear cross member... We made a special "nutty bar" that locates in the cross member that the main M10 mounting bolts fix to. The "nutty bar" stays fixed in the cross member even when the tow bar is not on the car... The front two mounting bolts use factory bolt holes, so no drilling or modifcation is required there...

The kit installation is really very easy. There's nothing hard about it. It's one of those deals where you want to "measure twice, drill once";) That said, the tow bar actually acts as a guide for the drill bit, so you don't even have to be too paranoid about measuring:D

Strength: It is my opinion that the setup is more than strong enough for the application. The bar is literaly strong enough to be used as a jack point. I've jumped up and down on it and ran the suspension through it's paces too;) Tongue weight management is important just because of the car, not so much the hitch. I typically keep tongue weight around 50lbs or so, which is plenty for the trailer I haul and I typically tow at 75mph or so. No problems after a year's worth of use. Just like any trailer towing situation, you've got to use some commen sense. No railroad track or hill jumping while towing-eek-...and the heavier you load things down, the more stopping room and the slower you should go-- I figure that's a given though:eek:

Hope that helps...

Thanks for the orders so far. I'll be shipping on Monday...

Best,

Phil
 

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Phil - I wish I could take advantage of this or the tilting clam or something else you offer. I really enjoy seeing your stuff. Thanks for sharing. I hope you sell them all quickly.
 

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Thanks Phil, I just ordered the silver version. Looking forward to installing it. This will make this season much more pleasant.

Also glad to know that you have traveled at good speed with the trailer. Has there been any hint of bearing issues on the trailer?
 

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Hey All- So there's only two left- Both are silver... You guys are missing out on the silver. It's the best color, IMO:cool:

For those who have ordered, you should be receiving an email later today with shipping info. Here's a picture of what you're looking for from the Fedex Guy...:nanner:

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Phil
 

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