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Old 07-30-2008, 12:43 AM   #21
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i towed my car around for over a year and half with a dolly. some times front wheels up. other times backed on. didnt matter. front wheels on was sterdier.sp...
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I've heard that pulling a miata long distances on the drive wheels can damage the rear bearings in the transmission?? Don't know if thats true, but I wouldn't wanna chance it myself.
its not true. just think, if the front is higher, MORE fluid would be in the rear of the trans.
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Old 07-30-2008, 11:45 PM   #23
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I use uhaul trailors all the time. You shouldn't have a problem. If you can, jack up the front of the trailor. I'm sure it won't move alot with that big truck, but every little bit helps.
When I use tow dollys, I always put the manual trans cars in neutral.
I would attemp the trailor for sure.
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I towed my wife's Miata from Fort Lauderdale to Charlotte on a U-Haul Trailer. My wife's car isn't lowered but I did need to get 2x6 pieces of wood to get the car on the trailer so it didn't scrape her front oem spoiler, and I also needed to lay the 2x6 pieces toward the front of the trailer so the front tires would rest against the front of the trailer. Again her front spoiler would have not cleared. Also I asked Home Depot if they had scrap pieces of 2x6 wood lying around. They said they couldn't give it to me for free but I paid a dollar for 2 good size pieces. It never hurts to ask.
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Another tip for using a car trailer. Jack the front of the trailer up into the air and it'll nicely decrease the angle between ramps and trailer.
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Old 07-31-2008, 08:24 PM   #26
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<Professor Farnsworth> Good news, everyone! </Professor Farnsworth>

A 92 on FM springs with no front spoiler fits onto a Penske car carrier, on flat ground, with no need for lumber and only a minimum of drama. Getting the car up onto the ramps was no problem. Transitioning from the ramps onto the trailer was close- another half inch and the frame rails would have scraped. And once it was on, I couldn't open the doors as they hit the trailer's fenders. Imagine me, at 6'1" and about 190 lbs, pulling a Bo Duke out the window of a hardtop-equipped Miata...

While loading the contents of the garage into the truck, I came across my AutoX decals, and decided to amuse myself:



It will be an interesting test of the popularity of Solo II to see how many people honk and wave. Ironically, I believe SM2 is actually the correct class for this vehicle. Anybody know the exact rules as regards non OEM-equivalent replacement body panels? My PDF copy of The Rules is on a PC that's already packed- I'm using the laptop at the moment.

I'm trying to imagine the look on everyone's face as you pull up for Tech in this.
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Old 07-31-2008, 09:59 PM   #27
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You could make the best YouTube video with that set up.

Everyone says that Miatas are great little racecars. But that's assuming you aren't towing them around the track.

Hell, I think you should just auto-x the Penske
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Old 08-02-2008, 03:09 AM   #28
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Well, got a late start heading out, made it to Tucson and decided to call it a night. So far, not a single wave...

BTW, for you locals, what the **** is up with the 10 solid miles of concrete barrier six inches from the white line on I-10E? Makes for a rather interesting drive in a large truck, pulling a trailer, in the rain, at night. (Figures that I manage to hit Tucson on the one day per decade that it rains...)
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Greetings from Lavonia, GA, 10 miles northeast of nowhere.

Finally got a couple of responses to the SM2 regalia. The first was a few days ago in New Mexico, in the form of a wave from Jerry Garcia's doppelgänger on a Harley. The second was from a Border Patrol officer at a checkpoint, who couldn't quite resolve my claim of a non-commercial load against what he perceived to be "fleet markings." Ah well...

Heading into NASCAR country tomorrow.
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No *****? The directions on their towing pamphlet rather strictly caution against this. Then again, they tell you not to reverse the truck with the trailer on it, which I assume is due to people not knowing how to properly reverse a trailer. Of course, what I do with it after I leave their lot is my business... You leave the steering column locked, I assume?

If you're talking about a dolly, you really can't back it up, the steering on the car is unlocked, and the dolly pivots, so there's really no backing up more than say a couple feet before everything goes sideways.
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Where are you ending up? If you're passing through Richmond, VA let me know. I might be able to head out and buy you a beer to ease the pain of the road. Wouldn't mind seeing your car as well.
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Where are you ending up? If you're passing through Richmond, VA let me know. I might be able to head out and buy you a beer to ease the pain of the road. Wouldn't mind seeing your car as well.
No ****, never realized there was somebody from Richmond here...I'm from Charlottesville and thought the closest forum members were in NOVA.
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Greetings from Lavonia, GA, 10 miles northeast of nowhere.
Ah man, did you go up 85N? You should have said somethin. You passed my house about 45 minutes before you got to Lavonia, and could have at least had some beers, if not had a place to crash.
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If you're talking about a dolly, you really can't back it up, the steering on the car is unlocked, and the dolly pivots, so there's really no backing up more than say a couple feet before everything goes sideways.
You lock the front up, easy way is to center the wheel and tie it to the roll bar. I've backed up with a car on a dolly this way without issue.
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You lock the front up, easy way is to center the wheel and tie it to the roll bar. I've backed up with a car on a dolly this way without issue.
My dolly has a pivot plate. You can do it, but you basically push the car sideways.

You can see it here..

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I reversed when I had a miata on a similar dolly (pulled by explorer). Didn't have any issues.
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Well, got a late start heading out, made it to Tucson and decided to call it a night. So far, not a single wave...

BTW, for you locals, what the **** is up with the 10 solid miles of concrete barrier six inches from the white line on I-10E? Makes for a rather interesting drive in a large truck, pulling a trailer, in the rain, at night. (Figures that I manage to hit Tucson on the one day per decade that it rains...)
Sorry about the I-10 - its sucks everywhere in this state! Arizona freeways (Loop 101, Loop 202, hell, even the US60) are a bit better. Actually, the I-17 even provides a less obtrusive drive than the dreaded I-10.
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Tow it front wheels down. I've done it before, very easy, and no problems.
I don't know about a miata, its light but I tried towing a T-bird SC backwards and it almost fliped over the Chevy 1500 two truck, violently swaying around at hwy speeds. Did not have any issues under 45mph
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I reversed when I had a miata on a similar dolly (pulled by explorer). Didn't have any issues.
Ok.
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I don't know about a miata, its light but I tried towing a T-bird SC backwards and it almost fliped over the Chevy 1500 two truck, violently swaying around at hwy speeds. Did not have any issues under 45mph
and that is exactly 1 of the reasons you HAVE to tie off the steering wheel.
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