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Question Gen 1 Lightning-Towing

Are the Gen 1's good for towing? Do you think pulling a fox body with it is too much weight?

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Are the Gen 1's good for towing? Do you think pulling a fox body with it is too much weight?
Had two gen 1 L's over the years 93 and a 94. Pulled my foxbody coupe with both of them. Did fine.


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The Gen 1's are very capable of pulling more then the 5000# there rated for. I put on a 12000# F250 hitch, air bags and electric brake controller on mine and pulled a 11000# 31ft offshore boat around. It did well, but was limited by its short wheel base. In hindsight, while I made it as safe as possible, I wouldnt recommend doing what I did, but a 5k to 8k setup, the L will do fine.

When towing just take extra precautions. Airbags help greatly on the lower L, load bars, electric brakes, proper tire pressures, electric brake controller. The same suspension that gives it the good handling, also makes it a good tow rig.

BTW, I now have a 35ft offshore boat that I pull with my brothers F250 diesel, much safer for that kind of load(13000#).

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Nice. I was going to use a tow dolly instead of a trailer to keep it safe.
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Nice. I was going to use a tow dolly instead of a trailer to keep it safe.
I've towed boats, rv's,car trailers, and a landscape trailer filled with 4 wheelers, but never on a tow dolly. The truck can handle a tandom car trailer, I think I would rather have my Mustang on a trailer then latched to a dolly IMO.

Keep in mind that a tow dolly either has no brakes or a surge brake. Most boat trailers use surge brakes, but electric brakes(found on a car trailer) are superior in controlling a swaying trailer, since you can apply the trailer brakes without using the truck brakes, which will stop a swaying trailer in a flash. Surge brakes work good when you have a bigger/heavier truck.

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Ive had 3 gen 1s and a gen 2.

Towed with all of them.

Overload springs, brake controller and youll be fine.


the gen 1s are lacking in the power dept stock, but they tow fine nonetheless.

I even pulled an enclosed a little bit with the last gen 1. (24 ft v-nose) about 10k with everthing in it.
My gen 2 is much more suited to it because the HP, the gen 1 was just slow


Use a car trailer and a brake controller and dont sweat it.

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Cool, thanks.
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The gen 1 came with a 351 with GT 40 intake and heads, right?
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The gen 1 came with a 351 with GT 40 intake and heads, right?
Yes, and Alum driveshaft / 4.10 gears.

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Also, I will suggest that if you are going to tow much with one of these you upgrade the transmission cooler. The Trans is the weak link in all of this beyond the short wheel base.


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[QUOTE=jeremiahhussey;8800474]Ive had 3 gen 1s and a gen 2.


the gen 1s are lacking in the power dept stock, but they tow fine nonetheless.


My L went 15.40's in the 1/4 mile, and while not nearly as fast as the Gen2's, I never felt it was underpowered. We pulled my current boat home from Alabama with a buddy's 2001 Chevy dually with a 454, and I think my Lightning had better power on the freeway than the dually did(not saying much about Chevy I know..). Sounds like your a little spoiled with your current trucks power.

As far as the transmission goes, the gen1's came with the E4OD, I had mine for 60000 miles and towed a lot with it, a trans service every 20000 miles, fluid always looked good. Sold it with a 115000 miles, trans working good.

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yeah, they're not as fast as the gen 2's stock, but drive another 1/2 ton small block truck (any brand) and then hop in a lightning, you'll appreciate how snappy they are. (drive a 454ss then a lightning for that matter, LOL)

Take the blower belt off of a gen2 and drive it if you want to know what a turd feels like

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I Know they are only rated at 240 hp from the factory but when driving around with one tank full and the other empty, it's got some balls!
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Remember one important thing: ford under-rates their motors.

Theyve done if for a VERY long time.
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I have towed an open trailer with my LX on it quite a bit and the only problem I had was going too fast in 100 F and overheated the trans (fluid comming out of the overflow) and it is still ok. I have since but a bigger cooler on it. I highly reccomend using a weight distributing hitch, they work much better than airbags because it puts weight on the front wheels of the truck. Be sure to use a trailer with brakes, a car on a dolly will tax the trucks brakes.

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Remember one important thing: ford under-rates their motors.

Theyve done if for a VERY long time.

most stock Gen 1's dyno at 190-200HP so the 240 is very close

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I hate towing cars on a dolly. No tongue weight, and they tend to wander around at speed. I've also never had one with brakes, though I think they do exist. Trailers just tow nicer in my experience, especially when you're dealing with a trailer that has electric brakes. Nothing sucks more than being pushed down a hill by 5000 lbs on a tow dolly that doesn't want to track straight.

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