Towing Performance means getting the job done and getting it done right. Do you have enough power to pull that trailer? How about those brakes, can they handle a big hill?
Towing performance is all about being strong and smart. It doesn't necessarily mean having the most power - because power doesn't equal performance. The most powerful engine and drivetrain combinations have no business on a dedicated towing rig, which needs to be strong, consistent and reliable.
More Power = Easier Towing
The Hypertech Max Energy programmer adds power by reprogramming the computer in your diesel truck or SUV. It changes certain parameters like injector pulse width and timing for more power, while keeping an eye on E.G.T.s. It not only adds power, it also serves as a safety monitor for your truck, alerting you when your drivetrain is overheating or being overworked. Read more on the Max Energy Programmer, and using the Max Energy for Towing.
You can also get a great boost in towing performance by adding an aftermarket air intake system or a performance exhaust system to your truck or SUV. Your oil-burner will really appreciate the larger gulps of fresh air and you'll be rewarded with more power and better fuel mileage.
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Strong Suspension for Safer Towing
So beef up that rear suspension with a set of helper springs or an airbag assist kit. Both are proven industry solutions, and are a pretty common addition to most trucks that regularly haul or tow cargo. They'll allow you to carry heavier payloads and eliminate the rear end sag that plagues many trailer haulers. And, you've got the added benefit of a more sturdy suspension that rides smoother when under heavy load.
Catch our article about adding a high-quality lowered suspension kit to a tow truck.
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Other Towing Accessories
But all of that extra light doesn't help any when you still can't line up your trailer to the hitch. Make trailer hookup a one-man operation by adding a hitch alignment device to your truck or SUV. They range from the simple Hitch Aligner or Hitch Spotter, to the Swift Hitch alignment system, which includes a wireless camera and screen to help you line up the hitch ball.
Towing heavy loads sure can put a beating on your transmission - help keep trans temps low with a transmission oil cooler from Flex-a-lite. It is simple to install and it extends transmission service intervals and service life by battling the biggest enemy of diesel transmissions - heat.
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