1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

2.7 liter towing capacity

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by dgjones, Mar 13, 2010.

  1. Aug 14, 2012 at 5:29 PM
    #121
    2012basetacoma

    2012basetacoma Member

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2012
    Member:
    #84164
    Messages:
    10
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    jon
    fl
    Vehicle:
    2012 tacoma base 4dr 4cyl
    i pulled a 52 inch toro mower on a small trailer. i4 automatic. 2012. it pulls it just fine. im really babying the truck right now through i try to stay less than 1/4 throttle. i only have 400 miles so far. great little truck..... anybody know if its ok to put it over into 3rd when i need alittle more rpm? i did it a few times to get me back up to speed. i have a lifetime warranty so im not to worried.
     
  2. Aug 20, 2012 at 10:41 AM
    #122
    itsryan

    itsryan Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2011
    Member:
    #53314
    Messages:
    25
    Gender:
    Male
    Chino Hills
    Vehicle:
    11 4banger 4x4 SR5- sold
    2.5i 2015 Subaru Outback
    lol i pulled a 4door long bed F350 turbo desiel with 8in lift out after he dug him self to his rear diff. the road was wet deep dirt/rocky on a grade. i just put it in 4lo and kept rpm's @3500 and i pulled him out and up grade with ease. i always thought my 4banger was underpowered to tow others out but, with 4lo gearing these trucks are unstoppable torque monsters!!!!
     
    mekanik3521 likes this.
  3. Aug 20, 2012 at 6:29 PM
    #123
    Curt7088

    Curt7088 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2012
    Member:
    #76147
    Messages:
    202
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Curtis
    Jacksonville
    Vehicle:
    '12 Access cab TRD offroad
    Cobra 40 w/ a 4ft firestick, armortech offroad sliders. Awaiting install
    just to let you know, yes it can be done in short bursts, but would you gander flat towing that same truck for 200 or even 20 miles?? that truck alone probably approaches 10k lbs.
    as for my 2 cent in this thread, A proper setup would be required IMO just to two close to the weight limit on this truck as it is a small truck... now my Jeep liberty was rated to tow 5k lbs and honestly my 1k trailer with my 500# fourwheeler on it scared the shit outta me due to the short wheelbase that has, but the tow limit is there so people don't do dumb shit, but there are people who ignore all sense of safety and will still do dumb shit... to them I say, keep the fuck away from me, good luck and Darwinism is a bitch! albeit, I will be venturing to tow right at 3500 maybe a lil more with my fat ass in the truck (yes how much you have loaded in your truck negatively affects how much you can tow genius) but I will have air bags, trailer brakes, weight dist. hitch, and a open mind to stop when i need to or pull off the road if weather gets bad... all in all, just listen to what the man. says about how much a truck can tow, if you want to tow more, quit being cheap and get a larger truck.
    itsryan- I was not directing all of that towards you, sorry if i made it sound like that...
     
  4. Aug 21, 2012 at 8:47 AM
    #124
    RogerRZ

    RogerRZ Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2011
    Member:
    #52010
    Messages:
    280
    Gender:
    Male
    New Brunswick, Canada
    Vehicle:
    White '14 DCLB TRD Sport
    If what you say is true, then why would Toyota, in their right mind, rate the same truck (with the only difference of note being V6 power) as being able to tow 6500lbs?

    Not trying to be cute here, just genuinely wondering...
     
  5. Aug 21, 2012 at 12:47 PM
    #125
    Curt7088

    Curt7088 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2012
    Member:
    #76147
    Messages:
    202
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Curtis
    Jacksonville
    Vehicle:
    '12 Access cab TRD offroad
    Cobra 40 w/ a 4ft firestick, armortech offroad sliders. Awaiting install
    well because there is more differing from the two models, namely transmission, but also a diff. alternator, and transmission cooler. the transmission cooler being more necessary in the auto, but the different transmissions are the biggest reason, and power to get something moving safely and power to get something moving are two different things. plus the extra strain on this lil four cyinder will kill it very quickly
     
  6. Aug 21, 2012 at 1:26 PM
    #126
    RogerRZ

    RogerRZ Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2011
    Member:
    #52010
    Messages:
    280
    Gender:
    Male
    New Brunswick, Canada
    Vehicle:
    White '14 DCLB TRD Sport
    "plus the extra strain on this lil four cyinder will kill it very quickly"

    I call BS on that one. Have any facts to back that statement up? The 2.7L is one stout little mill.

    A manual transmission doesn't need a cooler.

    I ran a few acceleration tests on the weekend, and If I go by the SAE standard, I fell one second short on the 0-30, one second short on the 0-60 (If my truck was a dually, I'd have been ok). The 40-60 time was 4 seconds quicker that the standard demands. I held 50mph on a 2 mile long 6% grade. No lights or buzzers, nor any leaking fluids--scangauge coolant temps held at 199.4f. This is with a 200lbs passenger, and AC full blast, no recirc, as per the standard. I also went easy on clutch engagement, because changing the clutch is a dirty job that I'd have to do, as it's not warranty. I did the 20mph stop in 67 feet with no trailer brakes, 13 feet shorter than the standard demands.

    I didn't do skidpad testing, as I'm not equipped to, but I can tell you that I have 5 spring leafs in the back, which is two more than a comparative stock TRD w/towing package, fwiw.

    I don't know exactly how much the trailer weighs, but it's a fair bit over 3500lbs.

    If the speed of getting things moving has anything to do with safety, my truck and trailer, along with any loaded tractor trailer (which I'm fully licensed to operate, btw) will have to be taken off the road, as I can out-accelerate and out brake any 80,000lbs rig...
     
  7. Aug 22, 2012 at 1:46 PM
    #127
    Model 70

    Model 70 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2011
    Member:
    #64548
    Messages:
    45
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mike
    Central Oklahoma
    Vehicle:
    97 Tacoma 4X4 Pristine Clean
    JRS leaves, Monroe Redi Struts., Later Taco Mini Header, Alpine Tunes.
    I pulled a 21 foot sailboat from Wilton Connecticut to Oklahoma City. Granted we did slow down for some of those looooong hills in the Virginias and Missouri, but the Tacoma amazed me none the less. This from a 1997 2.7 5speed with 230,000 on the ticker. Used 1/2 quart of oil.
     
  8. Aug 20, 2013 at 9:03 AM
    #128
    dspencer

    dspencer New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2013
    Member:
    #110815
    Messages:
    3
    Gender:
    Male
    My first post.

    I have owned a 2.4 fuel injected 1986 one ton that I think had a towing capacity of 5000 pounds. It had the stiffest suspension of any vehicle I have ever ridden in. I pulled a fireplace trailer half a dozen times that probably taxed that weight limit but most of the time I pulled a 2500 pound Ranger boat around.

    I drove it 240k miles and in 1999 it blew a head gasket mostly because I replaced the radiator with an aftermarket piece that did not have the cooling capacity the truck needed.
    My trips were from 10 to 600 miles since I fished BASS part time. I replaced the clutch once and other than normal maintenance it was a beast of a vehicle.

    I replaced it with a 2000 Dodge diesel which I still drive today. I joined the forum because I am contemplating buying a 2.7 5 speed to pull my boat. I am almost 60 and don't drive the distances I used to. The boat is a light weight high speed bass boat which weighs under 2500 pounds.


    Sorry for the long post. I'm looking for a 2.7 Access or 4 door with a 5 speed.
     
  9. Aug 20, 2013 at 9:39 PM
    #129
    2007 tacoma

    2007 tacoma Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2011
    Member:
    #50542
    Messages:
    238
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    LEEEEEEROOOYYY JENKINS!
    Vehicle:
    2007 Access Cab
    16" Alloys, K&N intake, Class III Hitch, US Truck Cap Rack, Carpeted Bed Mat, WeatherTechs, SeatSaver covers, Many more in the works
    Hi and welcome to TW. If it's a light weight bass boat, my guess is it will be fine. Take a picture and post it to this thread.

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/4-cylinder/145015-pics-what-you-tow-you-2-7-a.html

    Here are post from others with pictures of them towing boats with their 2.7.

    www.tacomaworld.com/forum/4-cylinder/145015-pics-what-you-tow-you-2-7-a-10.html#post7131390

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/4-cylinder/145015-pics-what-you-tow-you-2-7-a-10.html#post7130599

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/4-cylinder/145015-pics-what-you-tow-you-2-7-a-10.html#post7024137

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/4-cylinder/145015-pics-what-you-tow-you-2-7-a-10.html#post7007128

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/4-cylinder/145015-pics-what-you-tow-you-2-7-a-9.html#post6931071

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/4-cylinder/145015-pics-what-you-tow-you-2-7-a-8.html#post6631215

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/4-cylinder/145015-pics-what-you-tow-you-2-7-a-7.html#post6500200

    I'm looking forward to reading about some of your adventures with your truck.
     
  10. Aug 22, 2013 at 8:26 AM
    #130
    SouthernTaco

    SouthernTaco Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2012
    Member:
    #69879
    Messages:
    42
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Scott
    Charleston, SC
    Vehicle:
    '10 PreRunner SR5 4-banger AC
    Finnigan - 911's have flat 6 engines, not 4 cylinders.
     
  11. Nov 16, 2013 at 8:09 AM
    #131
    cameron172

    cameron172 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2012
    Member:
    #80117
    Messages:
    74
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Cameron
    Milton, FL
    Vehicle:
    '09 Base Manual 4WD
    Cruise control, aftermarket stereo/speakers/woofer, daytime running lights, bed d-rings, LED bed/dome/plate/brake lights, intermittent wiper stalk, fog lights, trailer hitch.
    [​IMG]

    Trying to decipher the towing capacity, if it's even on here. I have a big move coming up and had a hitch installed. Is the GAWR including the vehicle weight or is that additional weight capacity?
     
  12. May 8, 2015 at 10:30 PM
    #132
    ToyoTacoma08

    ToyoTacoma08 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2012
    Member:
    #82998
    Messages:
    9
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    06 Tacoma Regular Cab
    Need a suggestion from you tow professionals... Would both options be safe, or would one be better then the other.
    I have 2 ATVS, weight 388lbs each. I also have a trailer that is fairly light 5x8 wire mesh trailer that you could easily lift it and move it around. FYI: I have a 2008 2.7 cylinder 5 speed Tacoma.
    Option 1) Would it be safe to load 1 of the ATVs on the bed of the truck and pull the other one on the trailer towing it using the bumper hitch (max tongue weight on the stock bumper is 500lbs according to Toyota)
    Option 2) Or would it be better to load both ATVs on the trailer again towing it using the stock bumper.
     
  13. May 10, 2015 at 6:39 PM
    #133
    buckmark32

    buckmark32 Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2015
    Member:
    #153183
    Messages:
    39
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Christian
    Jacksonville
    Vehicle:
    14 Taco 4X4
    Stock
    I'm not sure about the bed, but I just pulled a double axle trailer (about 1500lbs) and a Yamaha Rhino AND John Deere mower... it did sag the rear end a bit, but it pulled like a champ up 95 for three hours. I kept it in 4th with an occasional drop in 3rd for inclines... you won't be hitting 70-75 unless you have a good tail wind AND down hill...but the power is there. I would recommend both ATVs on a trailer.
     
  14. Jun 13, 2015 at 4:00 PM
    #134
    ForgyYota

    ForgyYota New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2015
    Member:
    #157346
    Messages:
    1
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Forgy
    Vehicle:
    2001 2.7L Tacoma 4x4
    Yo. So I never write in forums, but after making a trip to Denver from SF and towing a heavily loaded 5'x 9' uHaul trailer, I felt the need to inform others who may be in the situation I was in before setting off with such large load for a small truck.

    I was helping a family member move from Denver to San Francisco with my automatic 2001 2.7L 4cyl. Tacoma 4x4 with 147,000 miles. Just after loading up the 5'x 9' utility trailer (empty weight 1,250 lbs.) with a 3 sectional couch, dining table, coffee table, about 800+ lbs. of reclaimed wood, and a bunch of miscellaneous house stuff, as well as the truck's bed full with a dresser, large bookcase, dining table with chairs, clothes, picture frames, books, toolbox, etc., I became quite nervous about the 1,200 mile drive out west.
    The truck bed was weighed down about 5 inches after measuring the hitch ball which was down from 21'' without weight to 16'' loaded. I had never towed a trailer in my life and did not even have a hitch but bought and installed one the day prior to loading up; you can understand the anxiety...
    However, after bucking up and taking off from Denver with all the gear, I found that the truck drove great and once up to 55 mph, the truck cruised easy. With O/D off and keeping the RPMs under 4000, the truck chugged over the large passes at around 40-45 mph and myself and the truck made it back to CA in one piece.

    So all in all, the 2001 2.7L Tacoma can comfortably tow large loads. That is all.
     
  15. Jun 18, 2015 at 10:56 AM
    #135
    munkiemec

    munkiemec Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2015
    Member:
    #156986
    Messages:
    50
    Gender:
    Male
    That would be 500 pounds *vertical* load, not the bumper's total trailer weight limit. Most of the total weight of the trailer will be on its own axle, only about 10% will be on the truck. So, 800 pounds of 4-wheelers, another 500 pounds (guess on the way-big side), makes 1300 pounds total, tongue weight 130 pounds. I think you're fine no matter which option you choose ;)
     
  16. Jun 18, 2015 at 10:59 AM
    #136
    munkiemec

    munkiemec Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2015
    Member:
    #156986
    Messages:
    50
    Gender:
    Male
    No doubt. Only thing I would suggest for others, is that it is usually a good idea to learn to pull a trailer near home without the stress of a long distance trip.
     
  17. Aug 8, 2015 at 5:43 PM
    #137
    TwzteD

    TwzteD Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2011
    Member:
    #53902
    Messages:
    695
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Kyle
    St Lucie Fl
    Vehicle:
    2013 4x4 reg cab Auto
    2013 4x4 reg cab, 2011 4runner sr5 rims, 265 general grabber at2's, 5100's All 4 corners with fronts at .85, De badged, Egr Rainguards, Led tail lights, Int wipers, fog lights, Trailer Hitch, POwer locks+ keyless entry, Extang Solidfold Bed Cover, WeatherTech Mats, Stubbie Antenna, Trd Skid Plate, Tint, Scanguage, Cargo net in bed, Sound Ordnance B-8PT, FULID FILM Under Coat.
    Anyone towing don't be afraid to use 3rd gear on highway if you need to, pulled a trailer roughly 5k miles in 3rd gear right at 3k rpm the whole time, I have an auto and I put a trans cooler in my temps were at -170 the whole time. Monitored trans fluid and torque converter temps with scanguage, I did a drain and fill on my trans at 30k and it was still bright red.
     
  18. Aug 11, 2015 at 6:41 PM
    #138
    Dagosa

    Dagosa Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2014
    Member:
    #140526
    Messages:
    402
    Gender:
    Male
    New England
    Vehicle:
    2015 Taco TRD OR
    Debaged
    My previous truck rated for 3500 k with a 2.7 manual. I used it to launch and retrieve my 4500 lb pontoon boat and trailer. The motor had no problem at all but it was like the tail wagging the dog. It also started slipping the clutch on hills so we had to go to plan B. But the motor.....no problem as far as power is concerned. Great motor. Just be in he right gear and the towing I did with lighter sailboats under 2k was a piece of cake.
     
  19. Aug 13, 2015 at 6:27 PM
    #139
    skycamper

    skycamper New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2015
    Member:
    #161710
    Messages:
    2
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Abraham
    Vehicle:
    2001 Tacoma 4x4
    None
    What's this 3500lb business? I've towed 2 yards of gravel and sand with a trailer rated at 3500lb axle many times. I can't kill either truck or trailer. 2001 4x4 165k
    Abraham ShadbehFB_IMG_1438054627435.jpg
     
To Top