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1/2 ton 'burban tow rig

Discussion in 'Tow & Trailer' started by rick88blaze, Feb 8, 2006.

  1. rick88blaze

    rick88blaze 1/2 ton status

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    I might have a chance to pick up a nice '88 suburban 1/2 ton 2wd in May for a really good price. $1400. It has about 130K on it, the tranny has been rebuilt with a shift kit and the 350tbi runs great. If I do get it I'll be flat towing my K5 this summer for wheeling but I will try to get a trailer for next year.

    My question is, does anyone know the towing capacity for a 1/2 ton suburban?

    When I do get a trailer it will have brakes on at least one axle so I know that will help. From what I read when I searched, most folks still recommend upgrading the rear to a 14 bolt SF or FF and the springs. If it has at least 3.73 gears will it really help that much to upgrade the axle if I don't do the springs too? :dunno:

    Thanks in advance, :D
    Rick
     
  2. Leper

    Leper 1/2 ton status

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    My 90 model 4x4 has the factory tow package on it and the hitch says 9500#
     
  3. dhcomp

    dhcomp 3/4 ton status Premium Member

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    Im pretty sure what the hitch says isn't the vechile's tow rating. Its just a class V hitch that is rated at 9500lbs.......its only as capable as what it is bolted to.
     
  4. rjfguitar

    rjfguitar 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Exactly, the burb itself is probably limited to about 6K max according to the factory specs.
     
  5. dleroy43

    dleroy43 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    My burb barly pulls its own fat @$$ around let alone tow anything. Thats proplem with it to big to be a decent trail rig(without cutting off too much) and too weak to be a tow rig. Get 3/4 2x with a 454 and you shouldnt have to worry too much
     
  6. G-Force8

    G-Force8 1/2 ton status

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    no kidding

    my stock 91 1500 4x4 350/700R4 can barely sling its own arz around, and the 180k mile 350 runs beautifully. The suburban should have never been available without anything less than a big block in my opinion. this 88 you're talking about may save alot of weight being 2wd, but trust me, it will have hell pulling your blazer.

    unless you swap a 14-bolt w/4.10s under it

    and supercharge it! yea!

    whoops, budget broke eh?

    I'd spring for a 2wd 3/4 ton burb with the TBI454
     
  7. 4xcrazy

    4xcrazy 3/4 ton status

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    I yanked a '78 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham from San Diego,Ca to Phoenix,AZ with the Burb, using a tow bar,,,was heavy climbing up the hills at about 45mph, but did the job ok. ATE ALOT OF FUEL TOO:doah:

    the Caddy weighs somewhere near what the Burb weighs too, maybe alittle less.


    Just as long as you are aware of the weight, and braking characteristics, it shouldn't be a problem for the occasional pull to the trails.

    BTW, the motor/trans combo IS a TBI 350/700r4 and at that time it had about 215k miles on it.:doah:
     

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