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Old 03-29-12, 07:11 AM   #1
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As short and as simple as I can make it, I have 700lbs of free dumbbell weight to move as I am trading in my set plus some of my own cash for a PowerBlock 90 set. The problem is that I am trying to do this at the same time of a little trip up to Westport, Wa., I live in a little crater of fun called Yakima, which is 4.5 hours from here, for the week end and the guy lives in Burien which isn't exactly on the way but he is willing to meet me off the freeway for a exchange. Obviously the GR load capacity is 900lbs, my wife is 138lbs, I am 180lbs. I'm assuming our packs should be no more than 50lbs. That's around 1060. The car will be traveling over the cascade mountain range, and will have the weight in the car for roughly 3 hours. I know it's over the limit, and I am not asking for an "OK" from anyone, I am just asking if anyone has and if so the results and things that they noticed if they have over loaded their GR. And yes I did a search on "load", "capacity" in both the technical and general forum. Sorry if I missed a thread, but what came up for me was the load capacity of a trailer. Which doesn't apply. Thank you in advance.

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Old 03-29-12, 08:41 PM   #2
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I've had about 800lbs of mulch in it. Then, in another instance, I had about 250lbs of tools, plus lots of luggage, and plus my wife and I. I've never noticed any difference at all.

I don't see being over the limit a little bit affecting a car like the STI. If you'll notice it has the same capacities as a base Impreza.
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Gross vehicle weight rating vs. curb weight rating should give you a better idea of what Subaru thinks is appropriate. Sorry I'm not more help .
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Your car will be fine if you drive it like its weighted down, and not like it's a race.

I had the rear RA Mudflaps 1/2" from the ground, 150# on the hitch pulling a 2000# trailer, trunk full of moving boxes, 20 cu ft roofbox for several 1000 mile trips.

Acceleration and braking time increase, adjust accordingly. You may also want to increase rear tire pressure and get the load as close to the front of the car as you can.
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I would be more concerned about securing that load than carrying it.
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I would be more concerned about securing that load than carrying it.
Could you imagine an accident? All those plates are now heavy "ninja throwing starts"!

You'll be fine with 700lbs, there will however be a mpg penalty.
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I would be more concerned about securing that load than carrying it.
Bingo! The weight won't be a problem if you drive normally, but getting that stuff rolling around inside could sure ruin your day.
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Wow. Thanks guys just in time. I literary just got done loading it all. They are hex dumbbells so I packed them as tight together as possible to try to avoid rolling. And did try to even out the weight between the two rear passenger foot wells and the rear cargo area. Ill tell u one thing, its the cheapest "lowering" job I've ever had. It droped about 1 5/8 over all. :eek:
Besides our bikes on the rack and camping gear this is by far the most ive ever "hauled" in this car before. But thanks again. Ill take it easy obviously and I appreciate the response.

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Default Re: Load Capacity, Personal Experience Only Please.

just make sure you have enough air in your tires
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just make sure you have enough air in your tires
+1. Definitely add a few psi and take it easy on the braking and cornering.
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