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what does a stripped sami weigh?

Hey Y'all. I am getting myself a stripped down samurai soft top..no running gear or interior parts, no engine, diffs, Tcase, trans, radiator, seats, steering gear, etc. Just a softtop body and frame.

I am going to have to go fetch this thing and I want to know how much it is likely to weigh. I will need to find some way to tote is back home and if I have some idea of the weight it might help me figure out how. Any guesses?

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Re: what does a stripped sami weigh?

Probably 5-600 lbs. It would probably fit in a std pickup bed, tial gate down, with blocks
to keep it off the wheel wells.
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Re: what does a stripped sami weigh?

Crowhorse, a friend of his and myself, bascily lifted just that into a trailer I used to transport it. If you have a tow vehicle, U-Haul has 6x12 utility trailers for 24.95 a day, which isnt too bad a deal, I used that trailer to take my rig to Zukimelt, instead of paying 49.95 a dayfor a car carrier [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Re: what does a stripped sami weigh?

My wife has a Chevy Venture Minivan that is supposedly rated for 3500lb towing, but we have no tow setup on it yet. We just bought a used popup trailer, so it needs to happen pronto.

I have never towed anything before and don't know much about towing gear. What should I look for when I get the van setup to tow? What will I need to buy and put on there?

Thanks everyone for shasring your knowhow with me.

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Re: what does a stripped sami weigh?

Daxe,
Get a tranny cooler for sure....
With the right size trailer, you'll have no problems getting Pug's old rig home....
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Re: what does a stripped sami weigh?

Thanks, Crow. The trans cooler is a good idea, but I meant..what do I need to put on the truck to enable it to tow in the first place..like what hardware do I need to attach the trailer to the truck? Obviously a tow hitch, but I dont know the various kinds or the advantages of each, the cost,etc. Like..do I want a receiver hitch thing or a tongue like deal that sticks out all the time or what?

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Re: what does a stripped sami weigh?

http://jcwhitney.com/product.jhtml?C...77&BQ=jcw2

JC, has a hitch listed, along with the wiring adapters, with most newer vehicles, the wiring is plug and play, though sometimes you have to either run a power line from the battery, or connect to a ground or both or none, but its real simple.
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Re: what does a stripped sami weigh?

The tub will weigh around 600LBS + the frame is another 300.
(this is a guess educated but a guess.)
Don't have the exhuast on the dodge yet but the boy is finally working on the truck so at least the starter is replaced! Gotta rebuild the carb too.

Towing, do yourself (and the wife) a favor the the reciever type hitch that way you can pull the ball and hitch off and you won't walk into it. then buy a friction type swaybar unit. You will thank me after the first time you get passed
by a semi or are in a windstorm. Depending on the type of trailer if it has electric brakes install a good brake control unit. not just the type that goes off the brake light. Trans cooler is a must, the bigger the better.
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Re: what does a stripped sami weigh?

I just put a class 3 trailer hitch on my chevy venture mini van just for same purpose you are thinking. I needed a way to bring home a 91 samurai I purchased. I bought a hitch and put it on myself. Very straight forward. you do have to drill two 7/16" holes in the frame to mount the last two bolts the other four bolts thread right into existing holes in the frame that are already threaded. Once I put the hitch on I took it to a place and they wired the plug for me. Took about and hour for them to do that. All total was less than 175.00 for everything. My 91 had wheels on it so I rented a dolly from UHAUL for 44.00 (I think)
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Re: what does a stripped sami weigh?

the frame is roughly 150 to 200 lbs, the empty tub would be about 400 lbs. a friend of mine and i was able to move the body tub and frame seperatly but it was much lighter than I expected.

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