low power when towing

Submitted: Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 09:06
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Could any body help I am lacking power when towing, not to bad down hill but the up hill run's are killing me.
Do you think a hiclone would help, or would I need to chip it
Any advice would be greatly appreciated as I can’t just drive down hill all the time
Thanks Salt n peper

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Reply By: aka - Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 09:10

Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 09:10
How heavy is your van
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Follow Up By: salt n peper nomad - Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 09:22

Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 09:22
van is about 2300kg
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Follow Up By: sweetwill - Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 13:07

Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 13:07
hello there s/p,
Mate the first thing I would be doing is to check the fuel filter for a blockage, also personally I would put some of that helium in the Tyers, that should make it pull a lot harder.
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 15:11

Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 15:11
2300 kg, is that the tare or ATM figure?


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Follow Up By: steamfire01 - Monday, May 07, 2012 at 21:32

Monday, May 07, 2012 at 21:32
Hey Salty
Forget those blokes advice, they're clearly not fair dinkum/
The only way is to get some chrome mags, enlarge the exhaust, fit a spoiler and most important of all, paint it red.
Seems to work for all the clowns that live in the western suburbs of Sydney!
Happy motoring
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Reply By: Isuzumu - Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 09:14

Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 09:14
Think your having a lend of us LOL
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Reply By: Homebrewer - Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 09:22

Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 09:22
G'day Salt n pepper,
I reckon put really big wheels on the back of the car. Then you would be going down hill all the time.
Cheers Pete.
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Follow Up By: salt n peper nomad - Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 09:25

Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 09:25
can't get them under the gaurds,
do you think a hiclone would help though, i'm just a bit worried about fuel economy, only a young fella with limited funds, any advice appreciated
Salty
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Reply By: Trev&Ness B - Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 09:24

Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 09:24
put a spoiler kit on it and tint the the windows, a big bonet scoop will help with air flow to.
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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 09:36

Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 09:36
I think it's maybe the Aussie flag draped over your front number plate slowing you down. Replace it with a couple of Hiclones. And perhaps get rid of the fancy decals on the sides of the van...... they would be simply adding unnecessary weight.

Oh, and try adding some of that silicon additive to your gearbox!

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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 09:48

Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 09:48
Perhaps it will work better if you get the van to tow the Suzi.
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Reply By: Cruiser .- Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 10:36

Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 10:36
Salt,

I think you should fit a 6.5 litre turbo charged Chevvie V8 in the back of the suzzie as a starter motor.

Cheers,

Cruiser
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Reply By: Ron N - Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 10:38

Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 10:38
Mate, the solution is so simple, and ya don't need to spend doosh ya haven't got, on stuff ya don't need, that might, or might not, work.

When ya go camping, make sure you've got at least 4 of ya best mates going with ya. Before ya go, grab some bikes off the verge that are being thrown out, and strip the pedals, sprockets and chains from them.
Cut holes in the passenger side and back floors, and rig the pedals, chains and sprockets, so they're connected to the tailshaft of the Suzy.

A bloke with your skills, could knock this setup up, just on a Saterday arvo, with the aid of a slab, an oxy set, a Chinese MIG welder, and a handful of nuts and bolts from Supercheap!

Once ya get going, when a hill comes up, tell ya mates to start pedalling like crazy! The power boost will be nuthin' short of amazing, mate! You'll be able to blow off Commodores with Chev badges on them, like they were Mums Camry!

I know all about this technique, 'cos me and my mates used to run a Kombi van, and that's what we had to do, to get up hills!
It was that successful, people used to think we had a Porsche engine transplant!
Go fer it, mate! - you'll never have that lack of power feeling, ever again! Don't forget to post lotsa pics of the moddies!

Cheers - Ron.
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Reply By: ChrisVal7 - Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 13:08

Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 13:08
Or paint the car red; everyone knows red cars go faster.
Chris
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Follow Up By: Member - Roger B (VIC) - Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 17:18

Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 17:18
Just have the dipstick chromed after the paint job, and all your worries will be over !!!

Roger B...
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Reply By: Ross M - Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 18:07

Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 18:07
Not too sure about a Hiclone but if you can put a sail or wind catcher on the van a Cyclone might help.
At least you have something big enough to park in when there are hailstones forecast.
The twin turbo option Suzuki is offering on some models will be of benefit and should improve the climb ability too.

Ross M
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Reply By: Bazooka - Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 22:34

Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 22:34
Put it on the train to Darwin Salty. It's all downhill from there.
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Reply By: Rockape - Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 06:10

Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 06:10
This rig has the same problem. It was something to do with the power the stereo was dragging from the alternator

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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Monday, May 07, 2012 at 19:32

Monday, May 07, 2012 at 19:32
Sounds like a Truckster type question!

Kind regards
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Reply By: Smiley Bill - Wednesday, May 09, 2012 at 18:38

Wednesday, May 09, 2012 at 18:38
You're bleep tin' us aren't you. Hope the tail doesn't wag the dog.

SB
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Follow Up By: salt n peper nomad - Wednesday, May 09, 2012 at 19:41

Wednesday, May 09, 2012 at 19:41
these are my two attempts at fixing the problem
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Follow Up By: Begaboy - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 16:17

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 16:17
AAh , i see the problem - you need a Nissan , will easily replace the other 3 :)
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Follow Up By: salt n peper nomad - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 18:38

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 18:38
to Begaboy
tell him he's dreaming, i haven't got enough power to pull a useless nissan as well as the van
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Reply By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Wednesday, May 09, 2012 at 21:03

Wednesday, May 09, 2012 at 21:03
I like it!
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Reply By: howesy - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 17:25

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 17:25
A 150hp nitrous kit and a 9 psi blower will have it overtaking anyone up the hill brother, be glad to fit it for you free of charge just buy it and pop over.
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Follow Up By: howesy - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 17:26

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 17:26
Just dont ask about engine life expectancy OK
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