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Old 07-06-14, 10:41 PM   #1
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Default Towing a bass boat with a 2000 LS400?

Hey guys, Im new to this forum so I hope I can get some help with the questions I have. I have a 2000 Lexus LS400 (almost 190,000 miles on the odo, only owner and will never get rid of it!) is in great shape, that is completely stock. Im looking into buying a Ranger z117 bass boat that is about 18 feet long and weighs about 1500 pounds and thats without gear/gas/ etc. Im not exactly sure what the trailer weighs to be honest. I was wondering if my stock LS400 will be able to handle a boat of this size without any mods, or if not, what would you guys on here recommend I do to be able to tow a boat like this , and maybe one or two people in the car. if I have to mod the car hopefully it wont cost me an arm and two legs lol but I am willing to spend a few dollars to make the car appropriate for my needs. I may also be doing a few long road trips with the boat as well and I'm hoping I don't have to buy another car simply because I want this boat and my ls400 is my first child!!!! I will eventually be getting a nice truck to tow but not for a few years fyi. Any help would be great I really appreciate it, thanks guys!
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please search, there are a couple threads on bolt-in tow-bars and if the trailer is under 500lbs (1 short ton total) then you should be fine if the rest of the car is properly maintained.
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Here is one of those threads in which I posted information about towing capacity:

With a transmission cooler, the documented towing capacity of the LS400 sold in Europe was 2,000 kg which is 4409.25 pounds.

I bought the tow hitch and wiring harness for my last (2000) LS400 in 2003 from in Wentzville, Missouri. The first thing I did after I bought a Sienna van in April to replace the 2000 LS400 was to buy a hitch and harness for it from

Etrailer currently has a 3,500 pound capacity Curt hitch for your LS400. It's pretty easy to install - just drop the mufflers and bolt the hitch above the muffler brackets. The trailer wiring harness should not be powered directly from the car's tail lights - there is a hot terminal to the left side of the engine compartment fuse box perfect for powering trailer lights. I had a mechanic run the trailer harness power wire out an ABS wire hold in the trunk underneath the car to the engine compartment.

I think you will need a transmission cooler if you are going to tow your boat - it will likely be well over 2,000 pounds fully loaded including the trailer.

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