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How To Increase Your Truck’s Towing Capacity

Towing is a fun and practical experience. Whether you’re moving, going on vacation, or picking up a large piece of furniture, being able to tow a trailer with your vehicle is a great ability. However, vehicles are rated at different towing capacities, so what happens if you need to haul a load and you’re not sure if your vehicle is up to the challenge? A situation like this might have you wondering how to increase your truck’s towing capacity. Here’s what you need to know!

Can You Increase Your Truck’s Towing Capacity?

Depending on what vehicle you drive, you may not need to worry too much about its towing capacity. Large trucks and SUVs are pretty resilient and can handle most consumer towing needs. You can always consult your manufacturer or manual for your car’s max towing capacity.

However, if you are in a situation where your vehicle can’t handle a load, you can potentially still find a way to increase your truck’s towing capacity, in a way. 

Vehicles are manufactured and built with a maximum towing capacity, and you can’t really go above that level without making major modifications to your vehicle. Thankfully, you can make smaller modifications that simply help distribute the weight of your load more evenly, making it safer to tow large loads.

These modifications are simple and can easily be done to get you out on the road and towing your load in no time! 

How To Modify Your Vehicle For Towing

Upgrading and modifying your vehicle for enhanced towing is possible, but should always be well-researched before applied. Overdoing it will cause your vehicle to fail as it does have a max towing capacity. Failures on the road are extremely dangerous and can result in major harm to your or another driver. Consider reaching out to a qualified expert about how you can increase your truck’s towing capacity.

Upgrade Your Vehicle’s Performance

In order to increase your towing capacity, you’ll need to upgrade your vehicle’s performance. One way to accomplish this is to install a better exhaust system. An upgraded exhaust, along with new air filters, will increase your truck’s towing ability. You can also purchase a new programmer to increase your horsepower and torque.

It should be noted that not all of these parts need to be purchased to increase your towing capacity. Some of these parts can probably be switched out from an RV or another truck. However, each state has its own laws about what upgrades are street-legal. You should always research that any modifications you’re planning on making are safe and legal and won’t cause any issues with the law.

Change Your Brakes

One modification you should consider is your braking system. Just because you can pull a load doesn’t mean you can stop it. Brake failures can cause major accidents on the road, yet can be easily avoided by making sure your braking system is capable of stopping a heavy load. 

Depending on the weight of your load, consider installing new brake pads and rotors to avoid any skidding or control loss while coming to a stop. 

Use The Right Hitch

Not all upgrades need to be applied to your vehicle directly. Depending on how heavy your load is, you may need to purchase a new hitch altogether. Hitches are rated by towing capacities. Therefore, depending on what you plan on towing you’ll need to get an appropriately rated hitch. 

While a hitch upgrade may seem like a hefty investment, it’s well worth it as a quality hitch will last you for years to come as well as ensure that you have a safe and easy towing experience. 

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Our goal is to better the lives of our customers by providing only the best products possible. We never sacrifice quality for profit and we strive to provide you with exactly what you need. Contact us today with any questions you may have!

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