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Old 02-06-2018, 09:50 PM
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Tow little boat


hello I have a honda fit 2015 CVT is it possible to tow this little boat about 500 lb max I'm afraid to take it out of the water? this is translated by google because my english is not very good sorry.
 
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Yes, it is possible, but requires adding a transmission intercooler, air shocks to the rear for upgraded support, and electrical module for brake, tail, and turn signals. Something this small wont need electric brakes but is recommended. CVTs are not built as tough as the 6MT. thus the intercooler is a must to prolong its life.
 
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for a second thought i was looking at a boat you made out of lego.
 
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Old 06-24-2018, 10:09 PM
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Here's my set-up. That is a Harbor Freight trailer. I extended the tongue a few feet. I'd like to tow a white water kayak that weighs less than 30 lbs about 30 miles each way. Think my cvt can take it if I'm careful and don't goose it?
 
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Old 06-24-2018, 11:08 PM
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id be worried about brakes. even with no towing the GK's brakes are horrible
 
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Here's my set-up. That is a Harbor Freight trailer. I extended the tongue a few feet. I'd like to tow a white water kayak that weighs less than 30 lbs about 30 miles each way. Think my cvt can take it if I'm careful and don't goose it?
If the CVT can't handle an extra 30 lbs, I'd sell the car and buy something else ...
 
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Old 06-26-2018, 09:31 AM
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I'm thinking if the total weight of the trailer and load are =/- than the carrying capacity of the car I should be ok.
I should be close. I could always pare down the weight of the trailer. Just give me my Sawzall and my welder and turn me loose.....
 
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Old 07-02-2018, 02:16 PM
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Took it for a test drive without the 30 lb kayak. It did fine, maybe a little bouncy. I can't see it in the rearview mirrors unless on the corners.
 
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Old 07-02-2018, 04:45 PM
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You can do it, but it's probably not a good idea for CVT longevity. In other words, you'll have towing miles, but fewer overall miles out of that CVT. Your call.

We already know of a 2015 CVT recall for a drive pulley shaft made of metal with questionable hardness. It tended to self-destruct and result in catastrophic failure, often long out of warranty. So Honda is in effect, using the public as a GK5 beta-tester to help refine their CVT product. The situation is not as straightforward as a conventional auto or manual transmission.

Don't get me wrong, I love my CVT, and this from a guy whose previous seven vehicles were all manual. I just wouldn't push my CVT any farther than I had to, unless I liked the idea of replacing it long before the rest of the car called it quits.
 
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Old 07-02-2018, 10:09 PM
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I would get a heavy duty roof rack before configuring the Fit for towing, manual or CVT.
 
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Old 07-04-2018, 11:01 AM
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Any information about that CVT recall? I'm just curious.
I will only use the trailer sparingly, if at all. Just wondering if anyone has done this, and what their experience has been.

I have a Thule rack that I picked up at a sale but it's missing a foot. I'm trying to decide if I should invest in the parts for that instead. That stuff ain't cheap. But neither is a new tranny, I recon.
 
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Old 07-04-2018, 11:33 AM
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Sure, here you go:

https://www.caranddriver.com/news/ho...or-cvt-trouble

Note that the recall fix was a software update. Not exactly inspiring.
 
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Old 07-04-2018, 12:45 PM
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Originally Posted by bargainguy View Post
Sure, here you go:

https://www.caranddriver.com/news/ho...or-cvt-trouble

Note that the recall fix was a software update. Not exactly inspiring.
Thanks. Mine's a '16. I wonder if they did a permanent fix. Probably not.
 
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